Analyzing Data from the Evidence-Based Telehealth Network Grant Program Grantees and Preparing Manuscripts to Further the Evidence Base for Tele-ED

Research center:
Rural Telehealth Research Center
Phone: 319.384.3830
Lead researcher:
Project funded:
September 2018
Project completed:
November 2019

This project's main purpose was to analyze data using the revised Tele-Emergency Performance Assessment Reporting Tool gathered from Evidence-Based Tele-Emergency Network Grant Program (EB TNGP) grantees on all of their cases using telehealth in the emergency department (tele-ED) and a matched sample of non-tele-ED records to conduct comparative effectiveness analysis to help establish the evidence base for tele-ED. The data collection period covered November 2015 through December 2017. During this period, the EB TNGP grantees provided services to 4,324 tele-ED encounters. Non-tele-ED control cases for selected intervention conditions (acute myocardial infarction, chest pain, severe sepsis/shock, and stroke) were used along with the tele-ED cases for manuscripts on the comparative effectiveness analysis of each of these conditions. In addition, manuscripts were published focuses on comparing and contrasting general tele-ED service with specialized tele-ED services for pediatrics and for behavioral health. Additional manuscripts were written describing the rate and effect of averted transfers and time to treatment. The findings from this EB TNGP effort have contributing substantially to the evidence base for tele-ED.