Societal drivers in the applications of telehealth

Telemed J E Health. 2008 Nov;14(9):998-1002. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2008.0111.


The application of telemedicine and e-health tools and the integration of these tools in healthcare is no longer a demonstration, pilot project, or idea. The changing landscape of humanity dictates that new solutions be implemented to address old problems. The landscape is changing with diminishing resources of fossil fuels, aging population, a shortage of skilled labor in healthcare (doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals), and emerging technologies for the personal space, culture, and consumer demand. All are key drivers in altering healthcare delivery, access, and education. The very foundation of medicine needs to change to meet these demands. Access using telehealth will widen and enable our ability to respond to public health issues. This paper addresses the many societal issues facing healthcare delivery and demonstrates how telehealth solutions are key components of the future of healthcare delivery across the globe.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aging
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Economics
  • Health Workforce
  • Healthcare Disparities
  • Humans
  • Social Environment
  • Sociology*
  • Telemedicine / organization & administration*
  • Warfare