Posted 1 October 2002 in StressPoints by Debra Larsen, PhD, B. Hudnall Stamm and Kelly Davis, Pocatello, Idaho
In the most general form, telehealth can be defined as any health care activity that uses telecommunications in the service of health care (Laxminarayan, Stamm, in press; Nickelson, 1998). It includes providing clinical care from a distance using telecommunications (telemedicine), health education, administration and training. Much of the telehealth technology originally was developed by the U.S. military, NASA, Antarctic survey stations and offshore oil exploration rigs. But since then, telehealth has influenced the role of patients as participants in their care, while also influencing access to professionals and resources/support available to health care professionals (Darkins & Cary, 2000).