Telehealth Policy Update - Changes for 2021

Webinar - December 7, 2020 (09:00PST/12:00EST/18:00CET)

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven unprecedented innovation and adoption of telehealth over the past year. Telehealth has increased healthcare access to those around the world, especially in remote communities, those with transportation challenges, as well as individuals who experience limited physical mobility, chronic illness, or mental illness. Due to the pandemic and subsequent waivers in regulations and payment, telehealth appointments skyrocketed in 2020. Temporary policies, such as Medicare waivers in the USA, were introduced at the beginning of the pandemic to encourage individuals, with an emphasis on those at higher risk of contracting the virus, to stay home and turn to telephone or video medical appointments or utilizing remote monitoring devices to help manage chronic illnesses.

 The evolving challenges of providing remote point of care support for vulnerable populations through telehealth and telemedicine is a global challenge, requiring changes in care practice, innovations in the use of technology, advances in clinician/patient communications, and rapid change in reimbursement, regulatory, and work force processes.

 This final Web Forum (in a series of 8 over the past months, co-presented by ISfTeH member the "Transatlantic Telehealth Research Network"), presented by Mei Kwong of the Center for Connected Health Policy and Julie Bates of AARP California, and Trong Le of the California Primary Care Association, will highlight the promising opportunity and incentive to advance telehealth, ultimately transforming health care as we know it, both in the USA as well as internationally.

The aims of this responsive innovation Web Forum series include:

·     Providing immediate and actionable information

·     Fostering the cross-pollination of interdisciplinary ideas

·     Introducing solutions that have been vetted by healthcare professionals, researchers, patient organizations and healthcare industry

·     Introducing and exchanging ideas on innovative, evidence-based care and technology-enabled care solutions



Mei Wa Kwong, JD
Executive Director
Center for Connected Health Policy

Julie Bates, PhD
Associate State Director
AARP California

Trong Le, JD, MPH
Assistant Director of Policy
California Primary Care Association



David Lindeman, PhD
Director Health
Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)
University of California Berkeley


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This webinar is presented by The Gary and Mary West Foundation, UC Davis Health, Transatlantic Telehealth Research Center (TTRN), CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, and the ISfTeH.