SEARCH Highlights New Telehealth Research

In many ways, 2017 has been a banner year for telehealth, with more than two dozen telehealth-friendly bills introduced in Congress, numerous states enacting legislation of their own, and continued investment in the industry. At the same time, there’s also been continued momentum on the research side. Last week, representatives from academic institutions, leading research hospitals, companies, and advocacy organizations, among others, gathered at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia for the Society for Education and the Advancement of Research in Connected Health (SEARCH) Fall Symposium. Over the course of two days, they learned about some of the recent advancements in telehealth and mHealth research.

Many of the studies presented during the symposium highlighted the potential that telehealth and mHealth have to save time and money for patients, providers, and health systems, as well as to increase access to quality care for people living in underserved communities. Others shared strategies for improving the quality of telehealth research, while additional panels focused on making connections between policy and practice. CTeL’s own board chairman Dr. Curtis Lowery of University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Distance Health moderated the first day’s keynote panel, which focused on the development of a quality measurement framework for telehealth, and the second day’s, which was centered on how to prepare and train clinicians to provide care via telehealth. Above all, the SEARCH Symposium was further, tangible proof of what many in the industry already know: Telehealth and mHealth have the potential to change the way that health care is delivered for the better.

SEARCH was founded with two key goals: “to both share findings and foster research partnerships among researchers and organizations that wish to define and develop the field of connected health research.” In April of this year, the organization held its first meeting in Leesburg, Virginia, during which participants sought to develop a research agenda.

Click here to learn more about SEARCH and the symposium.

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