Stay connected and informed ABOUT your healthcare

Telehealth has grown with the advancement of technology. Historically, improvement in technology leads to improvement in medicine—telehealth is the union of both. Access to quality care is no longer limited by physical barriers. Technology can help provide access to expertise where it is needed.


Telehealth helps provide tools for more consistent care and education about health, which may lead to significant long-term benefits for the health and well-being of patients. Understanding how to utilize telehealth will give you better control of your healthcare.

Technology & Medicine: History of Telehealth

Lancet Article

Article in the Lancet talked about using the telephone to reduce unnecessary office visits

Source: Institute of Medicine 2012

Telephone Wires

Dutch physician Willem Einthoven sent long distance transfer of electrocardiograms over telephone wires.

Source: History of Telemedicine: Evolution, Context, and Transformation 2009

Radio Consultations

Medical centers in Norway used radio consultations for patients aboard ships at sea and on remote islands.

Source: History of Telemedicine: Evolution, Context, and Transformation 2009

Science & Invention Magazine

A cover of Science & Invention magazine showed a doctor diagnosing a patient by radio.

Source: Institute of Medicine 2012

Radiographic Images

The United States began transmission of radiographic images.

Source: History of Telemedicine: Evolution, Context, and Transformation 2009

Psychiatric Monitoring

Nebraska Psychiatric Institute used a closed-circuit television system for live transmission of therapy sessions to students for educational purposes.

Source: Cambridge University Press 2018

NASA Mercury Program

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) MERCURY Program started performing physiologic monitoring over a distance.

Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Telemedicine Station

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Logan International Airport created a Telemedicine station to provide occupational health services to Logan airport employees and deliver emergency care and medical attention to travelers

Source: Massachusetts General Hospital


Psychiatric consultation was offered by interactive television (IATV)

Source: American Journal of Psychiatry 1973

Invention of the Internet

Invention of the Internet established a universal communication standard.


Commonplace adoption of Telemedicine Programs


American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) promoted and led to greater connection online across medical technologies.


Nevada Medicaid

Telehealth may be used by any Nevada Medicaid and Nevada Check Up provider

Source: Nevada Assembly Bill 292

Rural Areas

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) received funding to expand the use of Telehealth in Rural Areas



Benefits expanded telehealth coverage to all Medicare beneficiaries regardless of location.

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Covid-19 Pandemic

The Covid-19 Pandemic has pushed Telehealth utilization to provide essential care.


Telehealth - Enhancing the Future of geriatric care

What is Telehealth?

Telehealth uses  telecommunication technology to keep you connected to your doctor and caregivers, allowing them to “care at a distance”. You can use any internet-capable device to set up a Telehealth appointment with your doctor. Telehealth and telemedicine are terms often used interchangeably.

Telehealth Advantages & Benefits:
adding to your current health plans

  • Routine checkup over video call minimizes risk of contact to infectious diseases.
  • Provides easier access to specialized doctors in different cities
  • Easier daily routine management of chronic care through customizable tools

  • Will make it easier to share more accurate data with your doctor to diagnose more effectively.

  • Monitor older adults to make sure they are eating, sleeping, and taking medications on schedule.

  • Using an online portal to check test results, request prescription refills, and create reminders.
  • The doctor communicates with the patient in real time via computer or telephone.

For more information and resources for telehealth, check the Telehealth Education & Resource Digital Guide developed by the NIHAN Project. 

Complete a simple one minute survey via the link to receive the digital guide. After the survey, the guide brochure will be emailed.


To receive a hard copy trifold, please contact NIHAN at


Internet Connection

Telemedicine can be done where there is a safe and secure internet connection.

Personal Technology

Your personal smart phone, tablet or computer are required for telemedicine (iPhone, iPad, Android, any laptop or desktop will work)

Video and Audio

Smart devices have video and audio built in. You may also use your phone as the audio for a telemedicine call

Personal Medical Equipment

Ask your physician if there is any personal equipment recommended to track your own health vitals and progress (scale, thermometer, blood pressure cuff, glucometer, list of medications, etc.)

Telehealth Resources

The website provides information about the latest federal efforts to support and promote telehealth services

The National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers (NCTRC) offers technical assistance, education, and resources for telehealth. They assist in expanding the availability of health care to local, rural, and underserved communities.

Telehealth for Seniors provides seniors and low-income communities with devices, instructions, and free tech support to connect them to their physicians via telehealth. is a state-wide collaborative network in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to help older adults keep safe and supported from exposure and social isolation. They provide resources for telehealth and other local community contacts.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Telehealth Services are transforming how Veterans access high-quality VA care making it easier to connect with a VA care team via telehealth.


The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) is a non-profit organization that works to advance industry adoption of telehealth by promoting responsible policy, advocating for government & market normalization, and providing education & resources.