In a nutshell, telemedicine is an umbrella term that refers to communication between you and your doctor and other healthcare professionals. It can include video chats, phone calls, emails and text messages, and communication may take place on your computer, tablet or phone. In addition to the term telemedicine, it’s also called telehealth, digital medicine, e-health or m-health (“mobile”).
While telemedicine is a relatively new way to receive healthcare, especially if you cannot leave your home or you’d rather not visit your doctor in person, not everyone offers telemedicine, so you should check with your doctor or your insurer to verify the availability of telemedicine services. That said, all you need is an internet connection and a phone, tablet or computer, and you can start receiving care in the privacy of your home. If you live in a rural area, have limited mobility or need medical care while you’re away from home, telemedicine is an excellent way to get the care you need.