Supporting measure development for telehealth platforms on National Quality Forum

National Quality Forum Final Report | August 31, 2017.

Executive Summary

Telehealth offers tremendous potential to transform the healthcare delivery system by overcoming geographical distance, enhancing access to care, and building efficiencies.1 The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) defines telehealth as “the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support and promote clinical healthcare, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.”2 Although it does not represent all existing definitions for this important area of health information technology (health IT) across both the private and public sectors,3 there is general consensus that telehealth supports a range of clinical activities…

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3. O’Malley G, Clarke M, Buris A, et al. A smartphone intervention for adolescent obesity: study protocol for a randomized controlled non-inferiority trial. Trials. 2014;15:43.

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