Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

Telemedicine and TeleHealth

What is Telemedicine?

Telemedicine is tthe practice of health care delivery, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, transfer of medical data or exchange of medical education information by means of audio, video or data communications. Telemedicine is not a consultation provided by telephone or facsimile machine.

What is TeleHealth?

State of Oklahoma statute defines TeleHealth as:

The practice of health care delivery, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, transfer of medical data or exchange of medical education information by means of an interactive audio, video and data communications.

Nationally, TeleHealth is defined as:

The delivery of health-related services and information via telecommunications technologies. Examples include remote vital sign monitoring and diabetes education classes.

What is mHealth?

The term mHealth is used for the practice of medicine and public health, supported by mobile devices. The term is most commonly used in reference to using mobile communication devices, such as mobile phones, tablet computers and personal digital assistants (PDAs) for health services and information.

How is TeleHealth different from Telemedicine?

TeleHealth is different from telemedicine because it refers to a broader scope of remote healthcare services than telemedicine. While telemedicine refers specifically to remote clinical services, telehealth can encompass remote non-clinical services such as provider training, administrative meetings and continuing medical education in addition to clinical services.

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