National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers: COVID-19 Assistance [March 26, 2020] [open pdf - 990KB]
From the Introduction: "On January 31, 2020, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) a Public Health Emergency (PHE). During this public health emergency, the Secretary of HHS has taken action to encourage the use of 'telehealth.' Telehealth generally refers to a health care provider's use of information and communication technology in the delivery of clinical and nonclinical health care services.3 The use of telehealth during public health emergencies can assist health care professionals with, for example, reserving in-person care for patients with critical health care needs and diminishing the spread of communicable diseases. Some stakeholders, however, are experiencing challenges with establishing, implementing, and offering virtual health care services through telehealth programs. This report provides a brief overview of the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers and describes its capacity to help various stakeholders adapt telehealth to provide care during national public health emergencies."
CRS Report for Congress, R46289
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/