Strategies to Bridge Equitable Implementation of Telehealth

May 15, 2023 | Gustavson

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the rapid scaling of telehealth limited the extent to which proactive planning for equitable implementation was possible. The deployment of telehealth will persist in the postpandemic era, given patient preferences, advances in technologies, growing acceptance of telehealth, and the potential to overcome barriers to serve populations with limited access to high-quality in-person care. However, aspects and unintended consequences of telehealth may leave some groups underserved or unserved, and corrective implementation plans that address equitable access will be needed. The purposes of this paper are to (1) describe equitable implementation in telehealth and (2) integrate an equity lens into actionable equitable implementation.

PubMed Abstract

Gustavson, A. M., Lewinski, A. A., Fitzsimmons-Craft, E. E., Coronado, G. D., Linke, S. E., O'Malley, D. M., . . . Klesges, L. M. (2023). Strategies to Bridge Equitable Implementation of Telehealth. Interact J Med Res, 12, e40358. doi:10.2196/40358