What is Telehealth and Telemedicine?
Telehealth is changing the way we think about connecting to our healthcare.
Telehealth is the delivery of health services using telecommunications and related technologies to virtually support patient care, health education and administrative activities. Telemedicine is a subset of telehealth, focused on clinical services, including clinician-to-clinician or clinician-to-patient.
There are numerous benefits to telehealth and telemedicine – mainly the quick access to quality healthcare for individuals living in a rural and urban setting without easy access to healthcare specialists. Access to healthcare via telemedicine has also proven to cut costs on travel and work time, while providing earlier access to care that often prevents the large costs of untreated healthcare problems.
Did you know? According to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), there were nearly 10 million telemedicine encounters last year, with 5.5 million being teleradiology sessions. It was reported that approximately 900,000 of the encounters were clinical consults.
– American Telemedicine Association
About Global Partnership for TeleHealth
Health disparities, most often associated with urban ethnic and racial populations, persist in America and around the world at astonishing levels. This is due, in part, to the fact that thousands of people globally have fewer physician choices and barriers such as time, distance, and financial resources.
Global Partnership for TeleHealth and its affiliate agencies were formed to promote improvements in healthcare and healthcare facilities by assisting in the establishment of telemedicine programs within underserved areas. The use of telemedicine programs drastically reduces the service barriers that exist for patients who live in underserved areas. We work to expand these services further around the world by providing equipment, education and training in hospitals and healthcare facilities that administer telemedicine programs, thereby improving access to care.
The Global Partnership for TeleHealth is a non-profit agency based on experience and knowledge gained from years of creating and maintaining telemedicine programs, and made possible by advanced telecommunications, software and equipment. The hallmark of the Global Partnership for TeleHealth is the Open Access Network, a web of national and international strategic partnership clinical access points with successful existing telemedicine programs. This comprehensive network also supports the creation of new telemedicine locations to maximize opportunities for timely specialty services across the globe.
The Open Access Network includes over 600 locations with over 200 specialists and providers that represent more than 30 medical specialties. View our interactive map here to find a location nearest you.
Global Partnership for TeleHealth has become one of the most robust, comprehensive networks around the world
The Open Access Network connects:
- Adult & Pediatric Specialists
- Primary Care
- Trauma Units
- Nursing Homes
- Mental Health Clinics
- Child Advocacy Organizations
- School Systems
- TPA Stroke Assessment Clinics
- Correctional Facilities
- Disaster Recovery Units
- Continuing Education Programs
- Consultative Services in network design, telemedicine development and implementation
Global Partnership for TeleHealth’s Affiliates in the Southeast United States
Global Partnership for TeleHealth is a worldwide extension of the work of Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth that was established in 2006 in Waycross, Georgia. The original Georgia-based program quickly grew to include state-of-the-art telehealth solutions for individuals living in underserved communities within neighboring Florida and Alabama with the establishment of Alabama Partnership for TeleHealth and Florida Partnership for TeleHealth.
These three organizations continue to work towards providing residents of underserved communities in Alabama, Florida and Georgia with access to specialty care within 30 miles of their homes. The work within these three states resulted in the development of the Global Partnership for TeleHealth’s centralized scheduling portal to connect patients with specialist consultations via the Open Access Network in a matter of days or even hours versus the weeks or months that it may have taken before.
For more information on the Alabama Partnership for Telehealth, click here.
For more information on the Florida Partnership for Telehealth, click here.
For more information on the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth, click here.