As recently defined by the Telehealth Advancement Act of 2011 in Section 2290.5 of the California Business and Professions Code, “telehealth” means “the mode of delivering healthcare services and public health via information and communication technologies to facilitate the diagnosis, consultation, treatment, education, care management, and self-management of a patient’s healthcare while the patient is at the originating site and the healthcare provider is at a distant site. Telehealth facilitates patient self-management and caregiver support for patients and includes synchronous interactions and asynchronous store and forward transfers.”

There are many applications for telehealth including medical care for home-bound patients, providing care in geographically remote locations, monitoring for chronic disease/ condition management, remote monitoring of at-risk populations, mental telehealth for incarcerated populations, and increased access to services in areas with provider shortages.

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