UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin is committed to advancing the health and well-being of the people of Wisconsin and beyond. Telehealth services allow for appropriate and timely medical care from specialists at UW Health. Patients who receive telehealth interventions receive comprehensive management resulting in rapid stabilization and improved patient outcomes.
What is Telehealth?
Telehealth is the remote delivery of personal and non-personal health services. Examples of services include the use of digital technologies to deliver medical care, health education, and public health services, bridging together multiple users in separate locations.
Telecommunications, health information exchange, videoconferencing and digital ImageShare technologies are used to deliver telehealth services at UW Health.
The term telemedicine is used to describe the clinical services made possible with the use of telehealth technologies. Medical information can be transferred via phone, secure internet connections, and private network transfers with the purpose of consulting with a patient or other health care partners, and in some situations remote medical procedures or examinations can be completed.
Telemedicine has been used to remotely diagnose and treat patients in remote locations for decades. Monitoring patients without physically seeing them is not only beneficial to those who live in rural and remote areas but also for those who live in metropolitan areas.
- Less time away from home
- Less time away from work and school
- Fewer travel expenses
- Receiving care at comfortable, familiar places such as community clinics
- Tests and laboratory work can be done at your local health care facilities
- Allows for immediate collaboration with primary physician and specialists during consults
- Saves lives through remote consultation, whether urgent or diagnostic