Technology is providing new ways to see your doctor without leaving home.

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DR. RODGERS: Technology is providing you with new ways to see your doctor without traveling long distances or taking time off work. This is called telehealth, which can also include emails with your doctor.

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

My colleague, Dr. Roderic Pettigrew, former director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, explains.

DR. PETTIGREW: Telehealth is a way to use computers and smart phones to provide remote health care. For instance, these devices can help you share data with your doctor to monitor your blood pressure and heart rate, which can be detected and sent electronically from a sensor that you are wearing.

Research is helping us find new ways to support these types of advances to help you better manage your health – all without leaving home.

DR. RODGERS: Follow us on Twitter @NIDDKgov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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