Telehealth Overview


Executive summary

The use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve patients’ health status is becoming more common in the South African Healthcare system

Closely associated with telemedicine is the term ‘telehealth’ which is often used to encompass a broader definition of remote healthcare that does not always involve clinical services.

Practitioners making use of digital tools to provide telehealth services to patients and healthcare users need to be aware that the HPCSA has revised its ethical guidelines, notably booklet 10 to address this emergent therapeutic approach to health services.

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