- By Dana Sparks
U.S. Senate Telehealth Roundtable Featuring Mayo’s Dr. Ommen
Harnessing the Power of Telehealth: Promises and Challenges?
Mayo Clinic’s Medical Director of Connected Care Steve Ommen, M.D., is participating in a roundtable discussion before the U.S. Senate’s Special Committee on Aging Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. ET entitled “Harnessing the Power of Telehealth.”
Dr. Ommen will explain how Mayo Clinic uses telehealth or connected care - from saving lives with its telestroke program, to enabling video consultations in skilled nursing facilities, to monitoring intensive care patients across state borders, to sharing our knowledge with physicians across the country though eConsults and AskMayoExpert. Dr. Ommen will also discuss how government policies are inhibiting the effective use of this valuable technology. For example, the patchwork of state-by-state medical licensing rules and a lack of consistent reimbursement present costly and administrative barriers to connected care services.
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