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Federal Report Praises Telehealth

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July 28, 2016

 

A large base of clinical evidence supports the effectiveness of telehealth, especially remote patient monitoring for chronic conditions, according to a recent report released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The report identified 1,494 citations from recent studies about telehealth, from which it selected 58 systematic reviews for detailed analysis.

 

Highlights:

 

  • The research literature on telehealth is vast and varied, with hundreds of systematic reviews and thousands of studies across various clinical conditions and health functions
  • A large volume of research shows that telehealth produces positive outcomes when used for remote patient monitoring for several chronic conditions and for psychotherapy as part of behavioral health.
  • The most consistent benefit is when telehealth is used for communication and counseling or remote monitoring of chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular and respiratory disease, with improvements in outcomes such as mortality, quality of life, and reductions in hospital admissions.

 

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