Increasing access to care: telehealth during COVID-19.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency has amplified both the potential value and the challenges with healthcare providers deploying telehealth solutions. As people across the country find ways to stay at home, telehealth preserves an opportunity to obtain necessary healthcare services. Further, telehealth can help individuals avoid COVID-19 infection, free up hospital beds and other resources for those patients most in need, and prevent infected individuals from spreading that infection. Federal and state regulators have recognized this potential of telehealth and have quickly changed a variety of laws and regulations to enable healthcare providers to deploy solutions quickly. These changes can provide lasting benefits for the use of telehealth well after the current crisis. However, to best realize telehealth's benefits, further legal and regulatory actions are necessary. Specifically, lawmakers and regulators should focus on six areas: reimbursement, privacy/cybersecurity, liability, licensure, technology access, and artificial intelligence.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hoffman, DA

Published Date

  • January 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 1

Start / End Page

  • lsaa043 -

PubMed ID

  • 32843985

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7337821

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2053-9711

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2053-9711

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/jlb/lsaa043


  • eng