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Telehealth Programs

The Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT) promotes the use of telehealth technologies for health care delivery, education, and health information services.

Telehealth is especially critical in rural and other remote areas that lack sufficient health care services, including specialty care.

The range and use of telehealth services have expanded over the past decades, along with the role of technology in improving and coordinating care. Traditional models of telehealth involve care delivered to a patient at an originating (or spoke) site from a specialist working at a distant (or hub) site. A telehealth network consists of a series of originating sites receiving services from a collaborating distant site.

Telehealth is defined as the use of electronic information and telecommunication technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health, and health administration. Technologies include video conferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications.

Visit to learn more about the latest federal efforts to support and promote telehealth services. Health care providers can find everything they need to know about telehealth, including policy and reimbursement updates, "how to" information, and implementation resources. Patients can get tips and information about the types of services they can receive via telehealth and what to expect from a virtual visit.

OAT provides funds to promote and improve telehealth services in rural areas, including:

Active Programs

Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP)

Evidence-Based Tele-Behavioral Health Network Program (EB THNP)

Telehealth Resource Center Program (TRC)

Telehealth Centers of Excellence (COE)

Flex Rural Veterans Health Access Program (RVHAP)

Licensure Portability Grant Program (LPGP)

Telehealth Focused Rural Health Research Center Cooperative Agreement

Programs in Closeout

Substance Abuse Treatment Telehealth Network Grant Program (SAT TNGP)

Date Last Reviewed:  January 2021