mHealth Intelligence, January 2018
The emergence of asynchronous, or store-and-forward, telemedicine is giving rise to new platforms that stress collaboration and best practices over real-time, video-based treatment.
Telemedicine is generally divided into three modalities: real-time (or live video); asynchronous (store-and-forward; sometimes called capture, store and forward); and remote patient monitoring. Whereas real-time telemedicine consists of an online-based audio-video consult, store-and-forward involves the gathering of data from the patient which is then sent through a secure e-mail or messaging service to a cloud-based platform. The data is analyzed and a diagnosis and treatment plan are sent back to the patient or provider.