We live in a world of innovation. New technology is changing how we connect with friends, learn, work, play—and even obtain health care. Telehealth, a set of tools both old and new, allows clinicians and home-based patients to communicate with each other via video-conference, email, or just an old-fashioned telephone call. Newer tools enable clinicians to receive clients’ data (e.g., vital signs) and assess their status through remote monitoring devices.
The United States health care environment is changing rapidly. A growing number of Americans have health conditions that require more complex care than ever before. Our population is aging: 55 million Americans live in areas with a shortage of primary care providers. And 25 million formerly uninsured people will soon gain access to health care through the Affordable Care Act.
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