Telehealth is especially critical in rural and other remote areas that lack sufficient health care services, including specialty care.
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 defined as the use of electronic information and telecommunication technologies to support and promote 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.
OAT provides funds to promote and improve telehealth services in rural areas, including:
The LPGP awards competitive grants to state professional licensing boards to develop and implement state policies that will reduce statutory and regulatory barriers to telemedicine.
Supports established telehealth networks in the delivery of social services such as early childhood development counseling, food and nutrition support and job counseling to rural areas.
Resources for Telehealth
Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) FORHP supports TRCs, which provide assistance, education and information to organizations and individuals who are actively providing or interested in providing medical care in remote areas.
Profiles of OAT Grantees, 2013-2014 provides an overview of the 36 telehealth and telemedicine projects administered during this period.
The Role of Telehealth in an Evolving Health Care Environment is a FORHP-commissioned report from the Institutes of Medicine on how telehealth technology can fit into the U.S. health care system.
Last Reviewed: November 2015