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Telemedicine Poised To Reduce Health Care Disparities, Costs

Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Tex.) and Louisiana state Senator Sharon Weston-Broome (D) wrote in The Hills’ “Congress Blog” that innovations in telemedicine will ‘not only result in the substantial reduction of health care disparities, but also in a reduction of health care costs across the country.’  Many of the the health care disparities in the U.S. are caused by a lack of access to health care, especially among low-income communities, they note, adding that telemedicine can help address access barriers.

‘With the widespread expansion of broadband technology, telemedicine is becoming an incredibly effective solution that is providing a new alternative to improve our current health landscape,’ they wrote, adding, ‘Hundreds of applications have already been developed, and states that have passed telehealth legislation are realizing many of the benefits.’  They conclude, ‘Telemedicine is a global game changer in health care, and this initiative is one positive step that policymakers are taking towards eradicating health care disparities.’ (johnson/Weston-Broom, “Congress Blog,” The Hill, 7/19).  Click here for the entire blog entry: http://bit.ly/P3GEEz

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