Telehealth

Current Projects

  • Association of Telehealth Technology and Financial Performance in Rural Hospitals
    American Hospital Association telehealth capability data will be merged with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services cost information and other databases to see if having telehealth technology is associated with improved hospital financial performance via increased revenue and profitability and access to healthcare services for rural residents.
    Research center: Rural Telehealth Evaluation Center
    Topics: Health services, Healthcare access, Healthcare financing, Hospitals and clinics, Rural statistics and demographics, Telehealth
  • Current State of Remote Patient Monitoring: A Landscape Analysis
    The use and reimbursement of remote patient monitoring (RPM) has changed drastically in the last decade. This study aims to summarize the current state of telehealth RPM services provided in the U.S. healthcare systems and summarize how telehealth RPM have been utilized in the literature, along with a case study of recent RPM reimbursement rates.
    Research center: Rural Telehealth Evaluation Center
    Topics: Care management, Health information technology, Health services, Healthcare access, Hospitals and clinics, Legislation and regulation, Public health, Telehealth
  • EB THNP/SAT TNGP, SB TNGP, and EB TNGP Measure and Data Activities
    The project will collect ongoing data from Evidence Based Tele-Behavioral Health Network Program and Substance Abuse Treatment Telehealth Network Grant Program participants; analyze School Based Telehealth Network Grant Program data for publications; and identify candidate data elements for a new Evidence Based Telehealth Network Grant Program.
    Research center: Rural Telehealth Research Center
    Topics: Children and adolescents, Chronic diseases and conditions, Healthcare access, Mental and behavioral health, Substance use and treatment, Telehealth
  • Evaluating the Role of Tele-Emergency Care in Healthcare Costs and Long-Term Outcomes for Rural Medicare Beneficiaries with Sepsis
    Sepsis is a life-threatening emergency for which provider-to-provider telemedicine has been used to improve quality of care. The objective of this study is to measure the impact of rural tele-emergency consultation on long-term healthcare costs and outcomes, specifically through decreasing organ failure, hospital length-of-stay, and readmissions.
    Research center: Rural Telehealth Research Center
    Topics: Emergency medical services and trauma, Medicare, Telehealth
  • Objective Program Examination and Gap Analysis of Telehealth Resource Centers
    This project will review an inventory of existing metrics used by the Telehealth Resource Centers to summarize technical assistance (TA) activities and identify opportunities for future program development in improving TA services for expanding telehealth in the nation.
    Research center: Rural Telehealth Evaluation Center
    Topics: Health information technology, Networking and collaboration, Telehealth
  • Opportunities for Increasing Access to Maternal Telehealth Services
    Rural residents face barriers to healthcare access that contribute to higher maternal morbidity and infant mortality than in urban areas. This project will use nationally representative data to identify opportunities for increasing access to maternal health services via telehealth and implementation barriers to sustaining telehealth services.
    Research center: Rural Telehealth Research Center
    Topics: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Health services, Healthcare access, Hospitals and clinics, Maternal health, Telehealth
  • Summary of Telehealth Definitions: A Scoping Review
    Telehealth services are a vital alternative to delivering health care, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study provides a scope review of telehealth definitions, summarized from various sources and stakeholders.
    Research center: Rural Telehealth Evaluation Center
    Topics: Health information technology, Health services, Healthcare access, Legislation and regulation, Public health, Telehealth
  • Telehealth for Chronic Disease Management in the Veterans Health Administration
    This project will capitalize on the aggressive adoption of telehealth within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The overall purpose of this jointly funded collaborative project is to better understand key factors impacting how VHA chronic disease management telehealth has reduced healthcare utilization outcomes and cost.
    Research center: Rural Telehealth Research Center
    Topics: Chronic diseases and conditions, Post-acute care, Telehealth, Veterans
  • Telehealth for Heart Attack and Stroke in Rural Hospitals
    The primary purpose of this project is to examine telehealth for heart attack and stroke in national samples of hospitals by reviewing trends and factors in adoption of these telehealth services and implementation strategies across levels of rurality.
    Research center: Rural Telehealth Research Center
    Topics: Emergency medical services and trauma, Telehealth
  • Telehealth Use Among Children in Medicaid Managed Care and Fee-for-Service Programs
    This project will assess differences in the use of telehealth services among rural and urban children by enrollment in state Medicaid managed care organizations and fee-for-service programs using national administrative claims datasets.
    Research center: Rural Telehealth Research Center
    Topics: Children and adolescents, Health services, Medicaid and CHIP, Mental and behavioral health, Telehealth
  • Treatment, Provider, and Cost Differences for Rural and Urban Patients with Opioid Use Disorder Across the U.S.
    This study describes and compares the treatment that rural and urban patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) receive, documenting the workforce providing care, distance that patients travel to receive care, and cost of care. Findings will inform policies to ensure that rural patients with OUD have access to care from local healthcare providers.
    Research center: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Health services, Healthcare access, Healthcare financing, Mental and behavioral health, Nurses and nurse practitioners, Pharmacy and prescription drugs, Physician assistants, Physicians, Substance use and treatment, Telehealth