The Board of Directors of the
Virtual doctor consultations are transforming the delivery of healthcare. Through online visits, consumers are able to access care for routine and urgent health problems without having to leave home or work. With projected physician shortages, increasing wait times and rising healthcare costs, online consultations are a tool to improve healthcare delivery. A growing number of private payers and employers are providing online services as a way to safely and efficiently expand access to care and relieve pressure on hospital providers.
“The need and growing consumer demand for these services is undeniable, and so is the need to help consumers make good choices,” said
“For more than two decades, ATA’s members have worked with their respective medical societies, health systems, payers, government agencies and consumer groups to develop standards and guidelines,” said
ATA will assemble a broad group of stakeholders—including independent researchers, clinicians, payers, representatives from governmental agencies, as well as industry executives including online medical service providers—to help develop the accreditation process. The effort will be supported by an evaluation of validated, impartial research of online medical services and an assessment of practices by existing providers.
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