Introduction

Telemedicine is a mode of healthcare that increased in popularity due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Prior to the pandemic many patients had either not known of this delivery method or could not access it. During the pandemic emergent policy changes were made so that patients would be able to access care from the safety of their home. However, as the nation moves away from the pandemic, there are continued changes to policies and regulations surrounding telehealth which is affecting the accessibilty of it. This page serves to explore the current licensure, legal, and regulatory issues surrounding telemedicine and discuss the different effects they have. 

Telehealth is defined by the American Telehealth Association as “the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient's clinical health status” (Brous, 2016). The term telehealth can be used to reference live (synchronous) patient-provider interactions that occur via televideo or telephone, the storage of health information/data, or the use of wearable remote monitoring devices or apps used to track health information (Brous, 2016).