Healthcare IT News (7/5, Lagasse) reports telemedicine may be most helpful when used to remotely monitor patients with certain chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular and respiratory disease, as well as for conducting psychotherapy as part of a behavioral health treatment, according to a research review conducted by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The AHRQ reviewed “58 systematic reviews amid a substantial volume of research on telemedicine” with the aim of finding the situations where the practice was most effective. Researchers looked for instances in which telemedicine programs reduced costs and improved patient outcomes.
— “Telehealth sweet spot? Remote monitoring of patients with cardiovascular or respiratory disease, AHRQ says,” Jeff Lagasse, Healthcare IT News, July , 2016.