Virtual Reality: Impact and Trends of Inpatient Telehealth Care

Telehealth, or telemedicine, allows healthcare providers to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients remotely using telecommunications technology.

Touted as the answer to everything from rising costs to poor access to care, telehealth has been a topic of interest within the medical community since the 1970s and ’80s. Telehealth was originally designed to increase rural populations’ access to care by embedding emerging technologies within traditional healthcare care and service sites. This marriage of technology and healthcare services has led to telehealth’s newest and most exciting innovation – the virtual hospital.