July 12, 2019
Kate Gamble

In perhaps the most highly anticipated session at the recent CHIME Advocacy Summit, three members of Congress did something healthcare IT leaders may not have expected: they asked for help. During their presentations, Representatives Doris Matsui (D-California), Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) and Bill Foster (D-Illinois) talked about how they’re working to advance health IT by removing the many obstacles that exist.

One of those, according to Johnson, is the “regulatory framework” around telehealth that’s preventing the technology from making a greater impact in areas like stroke treatment and opioid abuse. In areas like Appalachia,” where care facilities are few are far between, “it’s vitally important” for patients to be able to interact electronically with providers.

The problem? Broadband access – or...