Recommendations for the Implementation of Telehealth in Cardiovascular and Stroke Care: A Policy Statement from the American Heart Association

Lee H. Schwamm, Neale Chumbler, Ed Brown, Gregg C. Fonarow, David Berube, Karin Nystrom, Robert Suter, Mirian Zavala, Daniel Polsky, Kavita Radhakrishnan, Nathaniel Lacktman, Katherine Horton, Mary Beth Malcarney, John Halamka, A. Colby Tiner

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The aim of this policy statement is to provide a comprehensive review of the scientific evidence evaluating the use of telemedicine in cardiovascular and stroke care and to provide consensus policy suggestions. We evaluate the effectiveness of telehealth in advancing healthcare quality, identify legal and regulatory barriers that impede telehealth adoption or delivery, propose steps to overcome these barriers, and identify areas for future research to ensure that telehealth continues to enhance the quality of cardiovascular and stroke care. The result of these efforts is designed to promote telehealth models that ensure better patient access to high-quality cardiovascular and stroke care while striving for optimal protection of patient safety and privacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e24-e44
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Feb 14 2017



  • AHA Scientific Statements
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • health services
  • stroke
  • telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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