Telehealth is the use of videoconferencing technologies to conduct a medical consultation where audio and visual information is exchanged in real time. Telehealth consultations can be conducted between a specialist and patient in the presence of their general practitioner or other health worker or can be conducted with no medical support at the patient end.
Telehealth significantly reduces the barriers commonly experienced by patients in accessing specialist care such as time, travel and cost. Whilst Telehealth is not designed to replace initial face to face consultations, it can be used to enhance and simplify ongoing specialist services to patients whose access might otherwise be limited.
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