Telethealth services span technologies and strategies, including live, forwarded, remote, and mobile, deployed according to practicality and convenience.
Synchronous (Live) Telehealth
Provides real-time, direct, provider-to-patient care, increasing access for patient and provider alike by circumventing scheduling and travel considerations.
- Video calls
- Phone calls
- Remote monitors: blood pressure, heart rate, thermometer, etc.
- Consult between primary care provider and specialist
Aynchronous (Store and Forward) Telehealth
Allows patients and providers to talk and share information when it’s most convenient for them.
- Text messaging
- Physical therapy exercise shared via video
- Symptom survey questionnaires
Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) Telehealth
Used to monitor health of patients with conditions including high blood pressure, weight loss or gain, heart conditions.
- Blood pressure monitors
- Blood glucose meters
Mobile Telehealth (mHealth)
The devices, with the guidance of a healthcare provider, can help people improve people’s health and lead to better outcomes.
- Mobile/Smart phones
- Smart watches
- Fitness trackers