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couple using laptopWhat is it?

"Telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve patients' health status. Closely associated with telemedicine is the term "telehealth," which is often used to encompass a broader definition of remote healthcare that does not always involve clinical services.

Videoconferencing, transmission of still images, e-health including patient portals, remote monitoring of vital signs, continuing medical education and nursing call centers are all considered part of telemedicine and telehealth."
- American Telemedicine Association

How does it work?

Video: High Tech Aging: Improving Lives Today (9 minutes)

To learn more about telehealth and how it works, please view the High Tech Aging: Improving Lives Today video. Also check out the links in the "Related information" green box in the upper right corner of this page.

October 2, 2013 Conference:
Telehealth: Fact or Fantasy?

Telehealth is a term that means to provide health care distantly using technology. As one of the strategies listed in the Aging Readiness Plan, the Commission on Aging hosted an educational conference October 2nd to provide the opportunity for the community to learn more about how it may benefit Clark County residents.

Conference presentations: PDF

Miles Ellenby, MD: Telemedicine, Like Skype on Steriods
Nancy Vorhees, RN: Leaping the Hurdles to Improved Access
David Kelly: Aging-in-Place
Tracy Zitzelberger, MPH: New Approaches to Assessing Health
Vanessa Leigh-McLaughlin: Aging at Home, The Role of Telemedicine

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If you are interested in working on this project with the Supportive Services work committee, please contact staff at or (360) 397-2280 ext. 4913.




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