Realizing the Promise of Telehealth

February 26, 2014

An aging population and an expansion in health care coverage means that more Americans will be using health care services in the coming years. As new demands are placed on our national health care system, policymakers need to be actively working to leverage technology to lower costs, increase access, and improve quality of care. One important opportunity is to use telehealth technologies to easily connect doctors and patients through online encounters that are often on par with in-person ones, but with lower costs and greater convenience for doctors and patients. Unfortunately, while the technology to deliver these services is available today, adoption remains relatively low because of a variety of policy barriers. Join ITIF, along with Representatives Matsui (D-CA) and Johnson (R-OH)—co-sponsors of the Telehealth Modernization Act—to discuss how Congress can help overcome these barriers and expand the benefits of telehealth to all Americans.