Fisk, Malcolm orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-1602-8393 (2022) Telehealth. In: Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Springer, Cham, pp. 4940-4946. ISBN 978-3-030-22008-2

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Telehealth “is the means by which technologies and related services concerned with health and well-being are accessed by people or provided for them irrespective of location” (Doughty 2018). This amends the original definition set out by the Telehealth Quality Group which referred to access or provision “at a distance” rather than “irrespective of location” and may, initially, have inadvertently and incorrectly signaled a lesser relevance of telehealth in urban center areas (Fisk 2014; Paraciani et al. 2017). As with telemedicine, telehealth products are used and services operated in contexts where the provider and the consumer are physically separated; therefore, any health-care services that include a communication link for provision or access can be defined as telehealth.

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