AHRQ has created a sample telehealth consent form (Word, 27 KB) that is easy to understand. The form includes language for healthcare providers that have curtailed in-person visits due to COVID-19. AHRQ has also created how-to guidance for clinicians on how to obtain informed consent for telehealth.
During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, HHS has taken steps to make it easier to provide telehealth services. Telehealth — sometimes referred to as telemedicine — describes the use of 2-way communication technology for certain health care services.
CDC - To describe the landscape of telehealth services and provide considerations for healthcare systems, practices, and providers using telehealth services to provide virtual care during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
Carle recently launched its newest initiative – the Carle Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Fellowship ECHO Program, which welcomed 27 providers from various health systems across the state as its inaugural class.
From AHRQ - Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), developed by Sanjeev Arora, M.D. External Link Disclaimer, at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, is a collaborative model of medical education and care management that helps clinicians provide expert-level care to patients wherever they live.
Government resources for Telehealth & Telemedicine
AHRQ has invested in research and shared information on the benefits of telehealth for several years, through its Digital Healthcare Research Program and Effective Healthcare Program. Use of telehealth has expanded through advances in technology, availability of training, and improvements in safety. During the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth continues to broaden training, mentoring, diagnosis, and treatment opportunities that benefit healthcare providers and consumers alike.
We support the telehealth efforts of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to expand access and improve health outcomes. In particular, our telehealth grant programs promote and advance telehealth services in rural areas.
HSRA provides support the telehealth efforts of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to expand access and improve health outcomes. In particular, our telehealth grant programs promote and advance telehealth services in rural areas.
The AAFP supports expanded use of telehealth and telemedicine as an appropriate and efficient means to enhance patient-physician collaborations, increase access to care, improve health outcomes by enabling timely care interventions, and decrease costs.
New technologies are fundamentally changing the way people interact with health care. Successful implementation of digital health technology will be imperative for improving patient outcomes and ensuring financial stability for health care practices.
Telemedicine, also referred to as telehealth medicine, is the use of information technology to provide clinical health care from a distance. Stay on top of new developments and the growth of telemedicine with the AMA.
The AMA Digital Health Implementation Playbook series offers comprehensive step-by-step guides to implementing digital health solutions, specifically telemedicine, in practice based on insights from across the medical community. Each Playbook offers key steps, best practices and resources to support an efficient and clear path to implementation and scale.
As the only organization completely focused on advancing telehealth, the ATA is committed to ensuring that everyone has access to safe, affordable, and appropriate care when and where they need it, enabling the system to do more good for more people.
The Telehealth Impact Study is an initiative of the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition. Through the physician survey, we seek to characterize the experience and attitudes of physicians and other frontline clinicians during the COVID-19 pandemic. We expect these finding to help guide medical practices, payers and government regulators in the months ahead as we create a new normal for clinical care.
The National Telehealth Technology Assessment Resource Center aims to create better-informed consumers of telehealth technology. By offering a variety of services in the area of technology assessment, TTAC (pronounced “tea-tac”) aims to become the place for answers to questions about selecting appropriate technologies for your telehealth program.
The policy principles of the ATA are rooted in its vision: we promote a healthcare system where people have access to safe, effective and appropriate care when and where they need it, while enabling clinicians to do more good for more people.
CCHP is all about making telehealth policy more accessible to everyone. We track and compile telehealth-related laws and regulations across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as at the federal level. Our free Policy Finder database is updated consistently throughout the year. Please note: this information should not be construed as legal counsel. Consult with an attorney if you are seeking a legal opinion.
Established in 2008 with funding from the California Health Care Foundation, our work was originally focused exclusively on California telehealth policy. We published the Telehealth Model Statute Report in 2011, which became the basis for the California Telehealth Advancement Act of 2011 (AB 415) and cemented our position as experts in telehealth policy. Under PHI, we act as a catalyst for change by providing nonpartisan, unbiased, and research-based analyses, reports, and telehealth resources to policy makers, the private healthcare sector, health plans, academic researchers, and consumer health advocates.
The AAFP supports expanded use of telehealth and telemedicine as an appropriate and efficient means of improving health, when conducted within the context of appropriate standards of care. The appropriateness of a telemedicine service should be dictated by the standard of care and not by arbitrary policies. Available technology capabilities as well as an existing physician-patient relationship impact whether the standard of care can be achieved for a specific patient encounter type.
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) supports enhanced-access physician-patient interactions, including electronic visits or “virtual e-visits” which occur over safe, secure, online communication systems. AAFP defines a virtual e-visit as an evaluation and management service provided by a physician or other qualified health professional to a patient using a web-based or similar electronic-based communication network for a single patient encounter.