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A Second Opinion with Senator Bill Frist, M.D.


Mar 24, 2020

Today's episode focuses on telemedicine and telehealth. Today's pandemic with staying at home and sheltering in becoming the new norm across America has catapulted telemedicine to the top of the healthcare delivery system. It provides convenient and rapid and affordable access to healthcare doctors and nurses. Our guest today is Ann Mond Johnson, CEO of the American telemedicine association, the ATA, the leading national organization whose goal is to promote expanded access to medical care for consumers and health professionals alike using telecommunications, technology and virtual care. The ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis has put a spotlight on telemedicine and the ATA, the American Telemedicine Association has helped lead recent efforts in Congress and around the nation to advance new access.  Now more than ever, we are seeing the value of receiving treatment in the comfort and the safety of our own homes. I'm recording today from New Castle, Virginia, a town of 150 in rural Craig County in Southwest Virginia. Amongst so many other issues we talk about today. We will discuss the challenges of rural access and the ethical issues of addressing our most vulnerable populations. We are taping on Monday, March 23rd this is a rapidly evolving pandemic changing day by day, so please continue to follow the latest guidelines issued by the CDC Centers for Disease Control and your local authorities. 

For News, Policy Updates, Webinars and other resources on telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic, visit the American Telemedicine Association’s COVID-19 page for the latest information: https://info.americantelemed.org/covid-19-news-resources

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