ACEP’s Emergency Telehealth Section is a resource center that provides the tools necessary to integrate the best application of telehealth into current systems, while supporting the health care reform tenants of access, quality, and cost.
This whitepaper involved a review of the existing literature on telehealth to help the section determine if there was sufficient information to help develop practice guidelines for emergency telehealth and to determine future research needs. The authors reviewed 480 articles out of more than 13,000 unique articles that were searched covering 19 different subject areas. The articles reviewed were up to September 2016, when the work on the whitepaper began.
A special thanks to the many authors of the paper and to former Section Chair Dr. Hartmut Gross for his leadership in seeing this project come to fruition.
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By Neal Sikka, MD, FACEP, Sara Paradise, MSIV, Michael Shu, MSII, George Washington University School of Medicine
Originally founded in 1998, the telehealth interest section of ACEP brings together emergency medicine practitioners interested in expanding patient care into the digital world. While not much has changed in the ideology behind telehealth since the group's initial conception, improved access to high-speed technology and a greater cultural acceptance of digital communication is revitalizing the field. The purpose of this paper, therefore, is to re-introduce the concepts of telehealth, e-care, and mobile health in light of recent advances, and give a modern take on its applications within emergency medicine.
This paper will give an overview of the definition of telehealth, its history, current technology, practical uses, cost and reimbursement, quality improvement measures integrated with telehealth, as well as potential risks and opportunities to its use.
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This Primer was produced as a Section Grant Project of the American College of Emergency Physicians.