The Alliance for Connected Care held two Hill briefings this week to announce the release of a new literature review titled, The Empirical Foundations of Telemedicine Interventions for Chronic Disease Management. The literature review looked at published literature on telemedicine management of three chronic diseases: congestive heart failure, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The authors of the literature review concluded that the current evidence “attests to the potential of telemedicine for addressing problems of access to care, quality of care, and health care costs in the management of the three chronic diseases chosen for this review.”
Speakers at the House briefing on May 20 included:
- Krista Drobac, senior policy advisor at DLA Piper, LLP and executive director of the Alliance for Connected Care;
- Former Sen. Trent Lott;
- Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, senior policy advisory at DLA Piper, LLP;
- Rashid Bashshur, executive director of eHealth at the University of Michigan Health System;
- Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee;
- Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means; and
- Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Speakers at the Senate briefing on May 21 included Drobac; Sen. Daschle; Sen. Lott; Bashshur; former Sen. John Breaux; Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance; and Sen. John Thune (R-SD).
The New York Times also wrote a piece about Sens. Lott, Daschle, and Breaux working together on telemedicine.
Click here to read the literature review’s executive summary.