Telehealth

Telehealth

Stay connected and informed for your healthcare

The origins of Telehealth to its modern applications grow with the advancement of technology. Historically, improvement in technology leads to improvement in medicinetelehealth is the union of both. Access to quality health care is no longer limited by physical barriers. Technology can help provide access to expertise to where it is needed

 

Telehealth helps provide tools for more consistent care and education on your health, which may lead to significant long-term effects on the health and wellbeing of patients.  Understanding how to use telehealth will give you better control in your healthcare plan.

Technology & Medicine: History of Telehealth

1879
Lancet Article

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

Source: Institute of Medicine 2012

1905
Telephone Wires

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

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

1920
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

1925
Science & Invention Magazine

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

Source: Institute of Medicine 2012

1950's
Radiographic Images

The United States began transmission of radiographic images.

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

1955
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

1958-1963
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

1967
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

1973
Telepsychiatry

Psychiatric consultation was offered by interactive television (IATV)

Source: American Journal of Psychiatry 1973

1983
Invention of the Internet

Invention of the Internet established a universal communication standard.

1990
Telemedicine

Commonplace adoption of Telemedicine Programs

2009
ARRA

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

Source: UMTRC.org

2015
Nevada Medicaid

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

Source: Nevada Assembly Bill 292

2016
Rural Areas

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

Source: UMTRC.org

2020
Medicare

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

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

2020
Covid-19 Pandemic

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

Source: UMTRC.org

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 nihan@unlv.edu

WHAT YOU NEED FOR TELEMEDICINE APPOINTMENTS

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 Telehealth.HHS.gov 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.

Nevada211.org 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.

ATA

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.