Reform efforts must be coupled with significant and targeted investment to bridge the digital divide, says Dr. Jason Tibbels of Teladoc.
More than 20 people showed up in person to testify in favor of the bill at a committee hearing this past month.
St. John's Well Child and Family Center in Los Angeles has completed 93,000 telehealth visits since April 2020, serving more than 56,000 patients.
The bill would exclude audio-only services from the definition of telemedicine and target payment parity for virtual services.
Kits for low-income, underserved populations contain a web-enabled tablet, weight scale, blood pressure monitor, thermometer and 200 evidence-based healthcare pathways.
Experts forecast a sea change in the way healthcare is administered in the Middle East. They predict that virtual care solutions, which came to the fore during the pandemic, will remain at the forefront even after the situation has died down.
Virtual care is not a panacea, said panelists at the American Telemedicine Association's EDGE policy conference, so action must be taken to ensure no one is being left behind.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has created historic opportunities for smart health technologies outside the hospital," says EarlySense's CEO.
The telehealth program has helped the provider organization preserve hospital capacity through multiple COVID-19 surges, while decreasing readmission rates and ED utilization.
The companies say their program is designed to offer patients direct access to virtual care while reducing administrative costs.