About one-fifth of all people in the United States live in rural areas. These areas experience higher mortality rates, a higher prevalence of diseases and lower life expectancy than in urban areas. Telehealth-guided communication between care providers has the potential to increase access to services and improve health outcomes in underserved rural populations. However, more research is needed to better understand how provider-to-provider telehealth affects rural patients, populations, health care providers and payers.
The NIH Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Improving Rural Health Through Telehealth-Guided Provider-to-Provider Communication, sponsored in part by NHLBI, aimed to identify research gaps, explore barriers and facilitate successful, sustainable implementation of provider-to-provider telehealth in rural settings. This free workshop was open to the public and was recorded. Workshop recordings will be available in November 2021. Individuals needing reasonable accommodations should contact NIHP2P@mail.nih.gov. Learn more at prevention.nih.gov/P2P-RuralHealth.
Participants can review and comment on the draft systematic evidence review for the workshop until Nov. 9, 2021. Afterwards, the panel’s draft report will be posted for public comment.