What is Telehealth?
TeleHealth is changing the way we think about health and providing healthcare. Telehealth is the delivery of health-related services using telecommunications and related technologies in the support of patient care, health education, and administrative activities. Telemedicine is the subset of telehealth focused on clinical services, whether clinician-to-clinician or clinician-to-patient.
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Georgia Partnership For TeleHealth
The Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth has become one of the most robust, comprehensive networks in the nation. GPT's experience in Telemedicine includes nursing homes, school clinics, jails, clinics, ER’s, trauma, stroke, primary care, child advocacy, and continuing education. Legislation was passed to mandate that all payers reimburse for telemedicine in Georgia. This collaboration among policy, healthcare providers and patient adoption has led to a tremendous rate of success. In January, 2013 GPT reported patient encounters growing from 8 in 2006 to over 75,000 in 2012. GPT now has over 350 locations with over 200 specialists and healthcare providers, representing over 40 specialties participating in network. Providing access to healthcare via telemedicine has proven to cut costs on travel, work time and provides earlier access to care therefore preventing the large costs of untreated healthcare problems. GPT has proven to be a way to provide an outcome integrated system of care for Georgians.