Telehealth: Opportunities and Challenges
Telehealth involves the use of technology to deliver health care information and services when there is a geographic separation between the patient and the provider of care. Through its numerous applications, telehealth draws on a broad range of technologies—from cell phones to the Internet to videoconferencing—to connect providers to their patients in increasingly innovative ways.
To prepare for this Application Assignment, review this week's Resources and consider the detailed perspectives on telehealth applications that were provided in this week's video.
To complete this Application Assignment, write a 2- to 3-page paper that describes three specific applications of telehealth and the technologies associated with each of these applications. Then, detail at least three challenges or barriers to the overall growth and practice of telehealth and evaluate how these challenges are affecting (or have the potential to affect) the applications of telehealth that you chose to describe.
Video: Laureate Education (Producer). (2009). Introduction to health informatics: Telehealth and public health [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 21 minutes.
In this week's video, the presenters discuss different types of telehealth and the technologies that health care providers are using to connect with and care for patients remotely. Applications of technology to monitor and improve the health of the general population through public health informatics are also examined.