What Is Telemedicine?

Telemedicine: Virtual visits for health care save time and money.

Telemedicine delivers important—sometimes lifesaving—health care services using two-way video, smartphones, and other technology tools. It expands access to high-quality health care and saves time and money.

In Pennsylvania, which has the third-largest rural population in the country, telemedicine can help patients in remote areas connect with a specialist. For instance, tele-stroke and tele-burn allow seriously ill patients to get immediate, expert care through a remote consultation.

Telemedicine also allows patients to regularly send important health care information—such as blood sugar readings and blood pressure results—to their physicians for monitoring instead of traveling long distances.

In rural or urban areas of the state, where there isn’t accessibility to public transportation, telemedicine can improve a patient’s ability to get regular health check-ups when they might not otherwise be able to get to a doctor’s office.

Telemedicine services:

  •   Improve access to care for patients
  •   Cut costs with reduced travel time and fewer or shorter hospital stays
  •   Provide high-quality services
  •   Help ease the shortage of health care providers—particularly specialists
  •   Help patients with chronic illnesses more easily monitor their conditions

Modernizing laws and reimbursement policies will help telemedicine in supporting the right care at the right time and in the right setting for Pennsylvanians.

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