While there is a large evidence base supporting the efficacy of telemedicine in a number of clinical settings, more research is needed to make better informed policy and practice decisions regarding the overall value of telehealth.

That’s the conclusion of a draft technical brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on telehealth, which was requested by Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). AHRQ surveyed currently available research on the impact of telemedicine on health outcomes and healthcare utilization to evaluate the body of evidence supporting its use.

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