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Going beyond today’s telemedicine toward tomorrow’s virtual care

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Jon Pearce

Jon Pearce
CEO
August 14, 2017

Understanding the definition of telemedicine

With the healthcare landscape continuously changing and moving to a value-based care model, healthcare providers are looking to new technologies that lower costs and increase clinical efficiency while providing high quality care and improving patient outcomes. This has sparked a conversation on what to call the “next generation healthcare tools.” Telemedicine continues to be thrown around in the discussion and is in ascendency within the industry, but it looks like that might be changing as more innovative technologies, such as virtual care, are coming to the forefront.

The term “telemedicine” made its debut back in the 1960s as a fusion of tele-matic modes of communication (phone and video) and medicine. Telemedicine is defined as the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients by telecommunications technology. As with many terms, this definition is both broad and simplistic. Today, telemedicine refers not only to the model of care delivery, but also to the technology used to deliver care. Read more.

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