The ability to care for patients remotely is of great value in acute and emergency care, inpatient settings and during disasters. Particularly for those living in a rural community who often have unequal access to emergency care. Telehealth has been used for decades and has facilitated and enhanced care for hundreds of thousands of patient encounters.
Low cost, high bandwidth data transmission has introduced a host of new applications, but qualitative and quantitative studies describing outcomes, cost effectiveness and other metrics are limited. Read the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)’s Telehealth Section White Paper on the progress and future of telehealth.
ACEP also advocates at the federal level to improve telehealth. Most recently, emergency physicians championed the bipartisan CONNECT for Health Act of 2019, which promotes the use of telehealth services in Medicare. ACEP directly contributed to this legislation, providing recommendations in response to the Telehealth Caucus’ Request for Information earlier this year and working directly with Sen. Schatz’s office on language included in the bill specific to emergency medicine.