I hear both the terms “telemedicine” and “telehealth” being used in primary care. Is there a difference?

There is a lot of confusion around the terms “telemedicine” and “telehealth.” Both terms are often used interchangeably, but there is a big difference between the two.

Telemedicine refers to the use of technology to deliver medical care remotely. This can be done in real-time, such as when a doctor has a video consultation with a patient, or it can be done asynchronous, like when a patient sends photos or videos of their symptoms to a doctor for review.

Telehealth, on the other hand, is much broader and includes the use of technology for any type of health-related purpose.

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