Telehealth is changing care delivery in communities across America.

From emergency department care to remote patient monitoring for chronic care management and access to care from specialists, telehealth is changing the way health care is provided –- both expanding patient access to routine and specialty care while improving patient satisfaction and outcomes.

Recent years have seen significant growth in the use of telehealth, to the point where more than half of U.S. hospitals connect with patients and consulting practitioners through the use of video and other technology.

However, coverage, payment and other policy issues prevent full use of telehealth, remote patient monitoring and similar technologies. Medicare policy is particularly challenging, as it limits the geographic and practice settings where beneficiaries may receive services, as well as the types of services that may be provided via telehealth and the types of technology that may be used. Access to broadband services and state-level policy issues, such as licensure, also limit the ability to use telehealth.

The AHA supports the expansion of patient access created by hospitals’ efforts to deliver high-quality and innovative telehealth services.

Explore this web page for information on national, state and local activities that affect telehealth and find research that documents the value of telehealth in advancing health in America. We welcome your questions and feedback; email us at

Telehealth - Promoting and Supporting Field Leadership

Promoting and Supporting Field Leadership AHA Telehealth Research Telehealth: Delivering the Right Care, at the Right Place, at the Right Time: Case Examples of AHA Members in Action, July 2017 AHA Telehealth Factsheet, July 2017 Telehealth: Helping Hospitals Deliver Cost-Eff...

Establishing the Value of Telehealth

Establishing the Value of TelehealthExternal Research2017Creating a Framework to Support Measure Development for Telehealth. National Quality Forum. (August 2017)Telehealth Private Payer Laws: Impact and Issues. Milbank Memorial Fund. (August 2017) The Virtual House Call: A 21st-centur...

Telehealth - State Legislative and Regulatory Initiatives

Expanding Access to TelehealthState Legislative and Regulatory InitiativesNational Telehealth Policy Resource Center Federal and State Legislative and Regulatory Tracking System to proposed federal and state legislative and regulatory initiativ...

Expanding Access to Telehealth - State and Regional Telehealth Networks

Expanding Access to TelehealthState and Regional Telehealth NetworksArizona Telemedicine ProgramArkansas e-LinkUniversity of Arkansas Nurse: Telehealth Turns Underserved Communities into Wired PopulationsCalifornia Telehealth NetworkColorado Telehealth NetworkDelaware Telehealth Coalit...

Telehealth - Expanding Access to Telehealth

Improving Patient Care Through Telehealth AccessFederal Legislative and Regulatory InitiativesTelehealth Fact Sheet[PDF] Telehealth: Delivering the Right Care, at the Right Place, at the Right Time: Case Examples of AHA Members in ActionJuly 2017AHA Testimonies and Public Comments[PDF]...

Telehealth - Case Examples

Case Examples: AHA Members in ActionTelehealth: Delivering the Right Care, at the Right Place, at the Right Time: Case Examples of AHA Members in Action (July 2017)Keeping Primary Care LocalThe Growing Use of Telehealth in Schools – Avera Health, University of Rochester Medical Cente...

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