HIMSS and PCHA Offer Comments on AHRQ Telehealth Report

January 22, 2016

In a letter dated January 19, 2016, HIMSS and the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA) offered their comments to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on its Technical Brief titled, Telehealth: An Evidence Map for Decisionmaking Draft Report. 

This report was a result of calls from Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and John Thune (R-SD), who in responding to a group of HIMSS led healthcare stakeholders in December 2014, that asked for AHRQ to review  “the value of telehealth and remote patient monitoring, particularly for the chronically ill, with a focus on expanding access to care and reducing costs.”

In its letter to AHRQ, HIMSS and PCHA ask AHRQ to look at a number of additional studies that can offer added data on the benefits of telehealth and remote patient monitoring, including the work done by Dr. Adam Darkins on telehealth services at the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The letter also ask AHRQ to broaden its evaluation to include telehealth encounters that go beyond isolated interventions constrained to direct encounters with patients.

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