Congresswoman Matsui Emphasizes the Importance of Telehealth in 21st Century Cures

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Washington, DC, April 30, 2015 | comments
Thursday, April 30, 2015      
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Congresswoman Matsui Emphasizes the Importance of Telehealth in 21st Century Cures
During an Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06) discussed the commitment of the Energy and Commerce Telehealth Working Group to advancing telehealth in the Medicare program. Her remarks were:
“I believe in the premise behind this 21st Century Cures initiative: to take advantage of innovation and to get breakthrough cures and technology to patients faster.  This legislative draft works to address roadblocks at each stage of the process, from discovery to development to delivery.  I hope we can continue working to get this right.
“I would like to thank Chairman Upton, Ranking Member Pallone, and Subcommittee Chairman Pitts for working with the bipartisan working group on telehealth.
“Technology has huge potential to both improve patient care and reduce health care costs.  Our ultimate goal as a working group has been to advance quality telehealth services within the Medicare program, while recognizing that telehealth can save the system money.
“We have been working diligently at this goal and will continue to do so – in the coming weeks as a part of the 21st Century Cures product, as well as in the future.
“Critical to the efforts of both telehealth and Cures is the ability for health care providers to communicate electronically.  Interoperability of health IT systems will facilitate population health research and improve patient care.  We need to continue to work on this as well.”
Health Subcommittee Chairman Pitts (R-PA) also submitted a statement from the Telehealth Working Group for the record.  A PDF copy of the Working Group statement is available here
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