The National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers, a leading national consortium of telehealth networks, defines telehealth as “a collection of means or methods for enhancing health care, public health, and health education delivery and support using telecommunications technologies.”
The term “telemedicine” often is used to refer to traditional clinical diagnosis and monitoring that are delivered by technology. “Connected health” and “digital health” also are terms that broadly describe similar technology applications in healthcare. The term “telehealth” is now more commonly used to describe a wide range of topics, such as diagnosis and management, education, and other related fields of healthcare. For this document, the term “telehealth” refers to the technology-enhanced healthcare framework that includes services such as virtual visits, remote patient monitoring, and mobile healthcare i.