What does “telemedicine” mean?
The basic definition of “telemedicine” used by Texas Tech and other health professionals is the delivery of actual patient health care over a videoconferencing or telecommunications system. The best philosophy and approach to telemedicine is that the same standards of care and protocols applicable to more traditional forms of medicine exist with telemedicine. The physician-patient relationship and interaction are the same. The process should be the same as if the patient were in the room with the doctor.
You also hear terms like “telehealth” and “e-health”. Telemedicine is actually a subset of those terms. E-health is the broad category of health merged with electronics or technology in some manner. Telehealth is a more specific category, which encompasses health care and education. And of course, the narrower definition of telemedicine which is the delivery of direct medical care with technology.