Telehealth technologies can eliminate travel time and reduce stress and expenses for the patient. Telehealth also increases patient-to-clinician interaction and satisfaction. This increases patient compliance, which leads to better clinical outcome at lower costs. For the past 25 years, telehealth in the United States has enjoyed explosive growth despite major ongoing public and private sector policy barriers.
Telehealth - Key Policy Issues
Read HIMSS' Letter to the House of Representatives in Support of the CONNECT for Health Act.
Read HIMSS' Letter to the Senate in Support of the CONNECT for Health Act.
The 21st Century Cures Act contains a number of provisions that are pertinent to the health IT community, specifically in the areas of FDA regulation, telehealth and interoperability.
HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) recommends removal of restrictions surrounding the use of telehealth will result in expanded access to high quality care while lowering costs and that Congress should support the authorization and expansion of telehealth services in proposed legislation.
HIMSS supports the removal of restrictions surrounding the use of telehealth to expand access to high quality and cost effective care.HIMSS supports the removal of restrictions surrounding the use of telehealth to expand access to high quality and cost effective care.
HIMSS 2014 Congressional Ask #3
In response to a request for stakeholder input from Chairman Fred Upton of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, HIMSS joined the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Health It Now Coalition to submit feedback on the Sensible Oversight for Technology Which Advances Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 (SOFTWARE Act – HR 3303).