What is Telehealth?

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Telehealth is the use of Assistive Technology for remote health monitoring for diagnosis and treatment of long term medical conditions such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Breathing problems (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD) and
  • Heart problems.

People enter data such as blood pressure and blood glucose levels into a device.

This data is then transmitted to a clinical or non-clinical monitoring service where the patient’s health is monitored and any alerts addressed by the appropriate service.

Telehealth helps people to:

  • Manage their condition
  • Maintain and improve their health and well-being
  • Live independently
  • Improve their quality of life
  • Avoid periods of illness
  • Avoid unnecessary hospital visits and admissions.

The patient's role in understanding and managing their condition and care is key to achieving this.

Telehealth is not an emergency service.