New joint policy brief: How can telehealth help in the provision of integrated care?
Telehealth, the provision of care at a distance, is a key component in future integrated care. Today's segregated telehealth applications still require linking into more comprehensive eHealth strategies, in which clinical pathways and service delivery processes are fully coordinated and patient data safely shared. An increasingly solid evidence base is emerging indicating that telehealth can be used effectively to respond to the growing call for improved care, in particular for those with chronic conditions. Mainstreaming remains a challenge; market forces alone are likely to remain insufficient.