Telehealth and beyond | N490
Synchronous Telehealth is a form of telemedicine in which two or more healthcare providers interact with each other and the patient in real-time, usually via video conferencing. This type of telehealth delivery allows for direct communication between providers and patients, as well as instant access to medical records, images, test results and other data. Synchronous telehealth also facilitates team-based care by enabling multiple providers to collaborate on patient cases from different locations.
In contrast, Asynchronous Telehealth is a form of telemedicine that does not require clinicians and patients to connect at the same time. Instead, this method involves exchanging information over digital channels such as email or messaging apps which can be accessed by all parties at their own convenience. Medical records are sent electronically and physicians can use secure messaging systems to provide feedback regarding treatment plans or diagnoses without requiring an immediate response from the patient. Whereas synchronous telehealth focuses on real-time collaboration between practitioners, asynchronous telehealth provides flexibility for both healthcare teams and patients while still allowing for quality medical care.