The industry of telemedicine is at a tipping point, expanding far beyond interactions between physicians and patients into entirely new ways to deliver healthcare and practice medicine. Telehealth represents the next frontier in medical care, and it is something healthcare providers are already feeling the pressure from their digitally connected patients to provide.
Davos Digital Forum Health Edition will have a closer look at different categories for telehealth use today.
- The live videoconferencing – a live, two-way interaction between a person and a healthcare provider using audiovisual telecommunications technology.
- Store-and-forward – the transmission of recorded health history through an electronic communications system to a healthcare provider. This method is often used in rural areas between a primary care practitioner or nurse practitioner who would like to consult with a specialist in another location.
- The remote patient monitoring and topics around mHealth that uses mobile communications devices, such as smartphones and tablet computers, and hundreds of software applications for these devices, which can do almost anything imagined for supporting healthcare.