The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) will convene leaders in telehealth service delivery, hospital systems and medical practices, patient advocacy organizations, policymakers and other stakeholders during the first-annual Telehealth Awareness Week™, September 19-25, 2021. During the week, the ATA will host a series of events, publish educational resources and share patient and healthcare provider experiences that support the permanent adoption of telehealth as part of a two-channel care delivery system that combines in-person and virtual care.
The critical role telehealth played in the national response to COVID-19 has underscored the need to maintain and expand access to these services for the millions of people in the U.S. who need a safe, effective and convenient option to access their care. Following the unprecedented use of telehealth in response to the public health emergency, telehealth is now calibrating to account for 15 to 25% of care delivery, creating a two-channel healthcare system that balances in-person and virtual care. As we work to reimagine how healthcare must be delivered in the future, Telehealth Awareness Week presents an important opportunity to bring communities together to build an even stronger national plan for advancing virtual care.
The Founding Partners for Telehealth Awareness Week are a diverse group of organizations committed to a future of care delivery that ensures all Americans, including underserved patient populations and rural communities, have access to quality care.
Telehealth Awareness Week will include a schedule of national and regional events centered on the growing acceptance and value of virtual care in U.S. healthcare as well as a series of new informational resources to support broader access to telehealth services for patients, caregivers and healthcare providers. There will be many opportunities in the months ahead to join us in highlighting the important ways telehealth is shaping the future of care delivery!