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The Growth of Telehealth - 20 things to know from Beckers

The growth of telehealth: 20 things to know

Written by Jessica Kim Cohen | December 22, 2016 | Print | Email

Although telehealth has been gaining traction in recent years, there is no set definition. A particular source of confusion is whether the terms telehealth and telemedicine refer to the same service — the American Telemedicine Association, for example, "largely views telemedicine and telehealth to be interchangeable terms."

However, other organizations disagree. The U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration defines telehealth as a "broader scope of remote healthcare services than telemedicine," according to HealthIT.gov, including non-clinical services like provider training, administrative meetings and medical education. Telemedicine, on the other hand, only refers to remote clinical services.

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