Workshop on The Role of Telehealth in an Evolving Health Care Environment

Type: Stand Alone Workshop
Topics: Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Quality and Patient Safety, Health Care Workforce
Board: Board on Health Care Services

Activity Description

An IOM panel will examine how the use of telehealth technology can fit into the U.S. health care system. The panel will discuss the potential for telehealth to serve geographically isolated individuals and extend the reach of scarce resources while also emphasizing the quality and value in the delivery of health care services. At the two-day workshop, the panel will:

  1. Discuss the evolution of telehealth since 1996, including the increasing role of the private sector, policies that have promoted or delayed the use of telehealth, and consumer acceptance of telehealth.
  2. Discuss the current evidence base for telehealth including available data and the gaps in data.
  3. Discuss how technological developments including m-health, electronic intensive care units, remote-monitoring, social networking, and wearable devices, in conjunction with the push for electronic health records, is changing the delivery of health care in rural and urban environments.
  4. Discuss actions that the Department of Health and Human Services can undertake to further the use of telehealth to improve health care outcomes while controlling costs in the current health care environment.
  5. Summarize the proceedings from the meeting in a final report.

Previous Meetings for this Activity