What is Telehealth?
Telehealth is a healthcare service available through a virtual platform. Visits occur on a device such as a phone, tablet or computer.
Telehealth also referred to as Telemedicine or Teletherapy, has reduced the barriers to receiving care. Often used for those who are unable to travel for treatment. Patients can receive quick, on-demand counseling for medical conditions that do not require an in-person assessment or in mental health support like therapy.
Is Telehealth Right For Me?
Telehealth offers quick, on-demand support when you need it most. Telemedicine is for a patient that would benefit from care that does not require travel or time off. However, for some, it can feel impersonal compared to an in-person mental health experience. It is always down to the individual.
Privacy and Telehealth:
The concerns with privacy risks involve a lack of control over the collection, use, and sharing of data. According to Hall and McGraw, “The primary security risk is that of unauthorized access to data during collection, transmission, or storage.” This is why the software used to conduct telehealth visits is HIPPA compliant and has special end-to-end encryption.
“Currently, the Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act (HIPAA) contains the primary set of regulations that guide the privacy and security of health information. HIPAA requires that identifiable health information be encrypted so that only those authorized to read it can do so.”
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