The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center defines telehealth as “a collection of means or methods for enhancing health care, public health, health education delivery and support using telecommunications technologies.” Telehealth is not a specific service, but a utilization of communication technology to enhance access to care, doctor and patient education, diagnosis and treatment planning, patient monitoring and delivery of treatment.
There are a number of studies and white papers on the efficacy of telehealth and the future of teleheath-enabled care.
Teledentistry: Improving Oral Health Using Telehealth-Connected Teams
American Dental Association Teledentistry Codes for Documentation and Billing
Designing Consumer-Centered Telehealth and eVisit Experience
CATO Institute Policy Analysis: Liberating Telemedicine