Telehealth refers to the provision of personalised health care over a distance. It includes consultation by phone, instant messaging, video, text message, or web-based services.
Telehealth consists of three main elements:
- The patient provides data about their health;
- Data is transferred to the healthcare professional electronically;
- Healthcare professional uses their clinical skills and judgment to provide personalised feedback to the patient.
This Special Collection includes Cochrane Reviews about using telehealth to provide carer and parent support as well as empowering patient self-management of their long-term conditions.