Telehealth, also known as telemedicine, health IT, or connected care, is the remote delivery of healthcare services and clinical information using telecommunications technology including internet, cellular, wireless, satellite, and telephone. Because specialized care, such as neurologists, aren’t located in every city and town across America, being able to see a physician using everyday technology, such as your home computer and webcam, is an attractive and reasonable option for many people living with chronic conditions.
Why is Telehealth Important for People with Parkinson’s?
For the Parkinson’s community, telehealth 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.
Learn more about the intersections of telehealth and Parkinson’s disease by watching the video below of the PAN event, Is There a Doctor in the House? Telehealth and Parkinson’s Disease. Learn more about the event.
Because of current laws, telemedicine is currently limited in scope and availability so those who need it most can’t access or benefit from it. PAN is focusing on two specific policy areas where we believe we can have an impact: state physician licensure policies and Medicare reimbursement.
PAN has endorsed and is advocating for legislation to remove current policy barriers to the practice of telehealth.
PAN has taken a leadership role in the Parkinson’s and broader health advocacy community around the issue of telehealth with various events and other policy activities.