The Alliance for Connected Care submitted comments in response to the request for information from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on strengthening community health through technology.
The Alliance specifically commented on the burdensome licensure requirements which create a barrier in access to virtual health care. The Alliance recommends the federal government to:
- Develop and implement a national framework for interstate licensure; and
- Address state licensing limitations that impact clinical trial recruitment and diversity.
The Alliance believes telehealth and remote patient monitoring are important tools for bringing innovative services and treatments to those with the least access to it, however there continue to be barriers in place that impede such access. Provider shortages are associated with delayed health care usage, reduced continuity of care, higher health care costs, worse prognoses, less adherence to care plans, and increased travel. State lines create artificial barriers to the delivery of care – complicating access for patients and creating additional burden on clinicians.
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