Recommendations for the Implementation of Telehealth in Cardiovascular and Stroke Care: A Policy Statement From the American Heart Association

Lee H. Schwamm, Neale Chumbler, Ed Brown, Gregg C. Fonarow, David Berube, Karin Nystrom, Robert Suter, Mirian Zavala, Daniel Polsky, Kavita Radhakrishnan, Nathaniel Lacktman, Katherine Horton (+3 others)
2016 Circulation  
The aim of this policy statement is to provide a comprehensive review of the scientific evidence evaluating the use of telemedicine in cardiovascular and stroke care and to provide consensus policy suggestions. We evaluate the effectiveness of telehealth in advancing healthcare quality, identify legal and regulatory barriers that impede telehealth adoption or delivery, propose steps to overcome these barriers, and identify areas for future research to ensure that telehealth continues to enhance
more » ... ontinues to enhance the quality of cardiovascular and stroke care. The result of these efforts is designed to promote telehealth models that ensure better patient access to high-quality cardiovascular and stroke care while striving for optimal protection of patient safety and privacy. e28 Current costs are substantially lower because of major advances in video compression, camera technology, and large-scale adoption of compressed video formats and will likely continue to fall. CF indicates correctional facility; ED, emergency department; MD, physician office; and NF, nursing facility.
doi:10.1161/cir.0000000000000475 pmid:27998940 fatcat:5knv5n36yzf2bphnvhsrefxeii