The art and technique of informing, influencing, and motivating individual, institutional, and public audiences about important health issues. The scope of health communication includes disease prevention, health promotion, health care policy, and the business of health care as well as enhancement of the quality of life and health of individuals within the community.
*Healthy People 2010
Health Communications Systems Traditional Communication Systems Interactive Health Communication Systems
The interaction of an individual—consumer, patient, caregiver, or professional—with or through an electronic device or communication technology to access or transmit health information or to receive guidance and support on a health-related issue.
Telehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.
Decision makers (clinicians, CIOs) need firm evidence in support of the value of telehealth
Although this is not always true if a technology is common-sense and “makes sense to the users” but in most cases, telehealth systems distract from a traditional workflow and costs money to implement so the ROI may not be all that clear