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Telemedicine vs Telehealth: What’s the Difference?


The current times we are in are certainly unprecedented, and many accommodations have had to be made in order to allow necessary operations to continue on. Doctor’s appointments, therapy sessions, follow up appointments, and intensive outpatient programs, or IOPs, have all been moved into the online space whenever possible to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Not only do these virtual appointments allow a higher level of safety to the medical professional and the patient, but it allows minimal contact with other individuals and patients, as well. The terms telemedicine and telehealth have become common language for many of us these days, but what exactly is the difference between these two phrases, if there even is one? Today, we are going to discuss everything you need to know when it comes to the novel world of telemedicine and telehealth.

What is Telemedicine?

When the term telemedicine is used, it is referring to specific situations where advice and medical services are shared through a technological platform, primarily on a video call. With telemedicine, it is only clinical services that are being provided to patients through videoconference technology. With the ability to communicate electronically with a medical professional, in-person contact can be avoided and things like medications, chronic illnesses, and concerns that are not emergencies can all be conveniently managed through the handy tool of a webcam. Having follow-up medical appointments is another way that telemedicine is commonly being utilized today, too.

What is Telehealth?

As we have just mentioned, telemedicine relates to a specific category of clinical services being provided to patients over some sort of telecommunication technology. Telehealth is a phrase that is representative of a much wider range of virtual health services that are not just clinical. Think of telehealth as the umbrella term for all things related to medical services that are administered via video technology. Telemedicine falls under this umbrella, as it is the more precise description of medical assistance that is provided in this manner. Other services, such as the numerous ones we proudly provide to our patients at Overland IOP, fall much better under the scope of telehealth rather than telemedicine. Overland IOP utilizes telehealth to meet with clients for therapy sessions, to track progress, and for other necessary meetings and appointments.

The terms telemedicine and telehealth have definitely been used pretty interchangeably as of late, but hopefully, we have cleared up any confusion you were potentially still dealing with when it comes to this topic. At Overland IOP, the telehealth services allow every patient to stay on track in their healing journey in a safe and healthy manner, while still receiving unsurpassed top of the line care. If you are searching for mental health support or addiction treatment and guidance, the remarkable team at Overland IOP is able to provide the absolute best quality care in these stressful times when it is anything but simple to find a trusted crew that has such an incredible telehealth system as we do.

Telemedicine vs Telehealth: What’s the Difference?

Published: February 01, 2021

Last Updated: March 18, 2021


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