Evolution of Telehealth: Patient Awareness and Education

The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety recently sponsored an event titled “Evolution of Telehealth: Patient Awareness and Education” on Thursday, September 27, 2018 in Washington, D.C. The event was part of The Hill’s event series and included a bipartisan group of lawmakers, industry professionals and vision and telehealth experts.

These experts and lawmakers convened to explore how telemedicine is making healthcare more efficient and effective, when in-person services might be more reliable, and how to maintain a strong doctor-patient relationship as technology evolves. Together, this panel explored the future of healthcare in an increasingly digital and online era, specifically through the lens of the relationship between physicians and patients, and how policymakers in Washington are responding to this paradigmatic shift. 

Watch the video of the full event on The Hill's website

Speakers included:

  • Congressman Buddy Carter (R-GA)
  • Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA)
  • Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA)
  • Dr. David Cockrell, Owner of Cockrell Eyecare Center in Stillwater, Okla.
  • Susan Polan, Associate Executive Director, Public Affairs & Advocacy, American Public Health Association
  • Natasa Sokolovich, Executive Director, Telehealth, University of Pittsburgh
  • Samantha Zenlea, Senior Regulatory Policy Specialist, National Council on Aging
  • Peter Menziuso, President of North America Vision Care for Johnson & Johnson Vision

“A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers, telehealth experts, and vision and health care professionals today made clear that even as technology makes us more connected, a strong doctor-patient relationship remains fundamental to treating existing medial ailments and improve health outcomes,” said Alliance Chairwoman Dr. Deanna Alexander, O.D. “The Alliance believes that increased usage of telemedicine can help increase access to healthcare, but technology must be used prudently and can’t be seen as a replacement for all in-person examinations and care.”

Watch the video of the full event below, and read our press release recapping the event here

Photo credit: Kris Tripplaar for The Hill. 

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