New Telemedicine Coalition Launches

A new coalition has formed to promote the use of technology in the delivery of health services. PAN is among a diverse group of advisory members of The Alliance for Connected Care, which represents insurers, retail pharmacies, technology and telecommunications companies, and health care entrepreneurs.

Former United States Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Trent Lott, and senior Senate Finance Committee member Senator John Breaux lead the Alliance. The goal is to “create a statutory and regulatory environment in which every medical provider in America is permitted to deliver, and be adequately compensated for, providing safe, high-quality care using Connected Care at his or her discretion, regardless of care delivery location or technological modality.”

In a recent article in the Washington Post, Daschle spoke of the significance of this coalition.

“Telehealth services are rapidly becoming a very important part of health-care delivery under the new paradigm, but we unfortunately don’t have a regulatory environment or policy environment that accommodates the new technology,” he said. “It hasn’t been changed in about 15 years.”

PAN has been supportive of telemedicine legislation on behalf of the Parkinson’s community. Telemedicine has the potential to be a powerfully valuable service in terms of improving quality of life, and better management of symptoms by increasing access to specialists. Learn more about PAN’s work on telemedicine here.

To learn more about the Alliance, click here.

To read the full Washington Post article, click here.

Date originally posted:  March 7, 2014.