Telemedicine practitioners are familiar with multiple barriers to delivering care at a distance. Licensing and reimbursement barriers are well known and are being addressed at national and state levels by the American Telemedicine Association. Another telemedicine barrier comes in the form of quality measures for diabetes. Minnesota medical practices are currently being compared on the proportion of their patients with diabetes who have attained goals for blood pressure, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and hemoglobin A1C. The quality measure for blood pressure specifically excludes measurements taken by the patient, thus precluding blood pressure telemonitoring as a way to meet the blood pressure goal. To counter this barrier, advocacy in telemedicine is needed so that telemonitoring as a data collection tool is included in quality measures.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Informatics
- Health Information Management