Session ID: 

Advancing Telehealth in Rural America and Beyond

10:00am - 11:00am Thursday, March 12
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center


This interactive panel will provide the audience with an overview of how the Federal Government funds programs and initiatives to leverage telehealth across the country, especially in rural areas. The widespread use of healthcare technology in the U.S. faces several challenges such as: reimbursement policies, licensure, workforce, and broadband. HRSA will share resources from their funded programs that increase access and use of telehealth in rural and underserved communities. AHRQ will share evidence reviews and research grants that show the effectiveness and use of healthcare technologies over time. Both agencies will share how public and private collaboration can work to advance the use of technology to increase provider awareness and adoption.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss active telehealth initiatives that are being implemented through the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Describe the challenges related to public policies, licensure, workforce, and broadband, and how those factors affect access and use of telehealth in rural and underserved communities
  • Identify available federal resources and how to leverage its availability to advance more widespread awareness and adoption of telehealth


Chief of Clinical Informatics,
Agency For Healthcare Research & Quality
Telehealth Program Coordinator and Rural Health IT Policy Lead,


Government or Public Policy Professional
Physician or Physician’s Assistant
Public Health Practitioner