PUBMED NIH : Critical steps to scaling telehealth for national reform. (2008)

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Friday, November 14, 2008

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Telehealth services show great promise to expand access to care while improving patient safety and reducing costs of care for all Americans. The expansion of telehealth has been slowed by a host of factors, including limited reimbursement, legal and regulatory barriers, limited provider capacity, and a lack of general public knowledge and/or acceptance of telehealth technologies and services. To hasten the expansion of telehealth requires a multifaceted and coordinated approach that will include healthcare professionals, regulators, payers, lawmakers, and patients. This paper will outline the steps necessary to scale telehealth services to a level that will help to address issues such as access to care, patient safety, quality, provider shortages, licensure and preparedness, all important elements of healthcare reform.