Telehealth. Telemedicine. Digital Health. Everyone seems to call it something different. The Health Resources Services Administration defines health it as, “the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical healthcare, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.” Telehealth, they suggest, is different from telemedicine because it encompasses overall healthcare services. In most cases, telemedicine is specific to remote clinical services. Digital health also isn’t a new term, but is starting to get buzz. Similarly to health it, the term refers to products and businesses that apply modern digital technologies to healthcare. According to one source, it is convergence of the digital and genetics revolutions with health, healthcare, living and society.
In this short video, Albert Ferreira, Senior Manager of Healthcare Solutions at Iron Bow Technologies, clarifies the terminology and suggests that the name shouldn’t matter any way since all of these terms will eventually become a natural part of delivering healthcare.