AHRQ Seeking Data on Use of Telehealth for Acute and Chronic Care Consultations | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

AHRQ Seeking Data on Use of Telehealth for Acute and Chronic Care Consultations

March 27, 2017
by Heather Landi
| Reprints
Click To View Gallery

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is calling for public data on projects that have examined the value of telehealth for acute and chronic care.

In its call for information, AHRQ, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said it is seeking supplemental evidence and data submissions to inform its review of Telehealth for Acute and Chronic Care Consultations, which is currently being conducted by the AHRQ’s Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC) Program.

In its call for more data, published last week in the Federal Register, AHRQ is asking a number of key questions:

  • Are telehealth consultations effective in improving clinical and economic outcomes? Clinical and economic outcomes may include, but are not limited to, mortality and morbidity, utilization of health services, cost of services, and access to services.
  • Are telehealth consultations effective in improving intermediate outcomes? Intermediate outcomes may include, but are not limited to, patient and provider satisfaction, behavior, and decisions (e.g., patient completion of treatment, provider antibiotic stewardship); volume of services; and health care processes (e.g., time to diagnosis or treatment).
  • Have telehealth consultations resulted in harms, adverse events, or negative unintended consequences?
  • What are the characteristics of telehealth consultations that have been the subject of comparative studies?
  • Do clinical, economic, intermediate or negative outcomes (i.e., the outcomes in Key Questions 1, 2, and 3) vary across telehealth consultation characteristics (Key Question 4)?

As far as timing, AHRQ says the telehealth consultations can be used at any point in the diagnosis, treatment, or management of a patient. Outcome measurement needs to occur after the telehealth consultation.

As far as settings, AHRQ stated that the consultation can involve providers and patients in any location. These could include inpatient, outpatient, or long-term care, and could be in civilian, Veterans Administration, or military facilities.

The agency is asking that any new submissions be sent to the Scientific Resource Center at the Portland (Ore.) VA Research Foundation within 30 days. 


Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More



Boston Children's Accelerates Data-Driven Approach to Clinical Research

In an effort to bring a more data-driven approach to clinical research, Boston Children’s Hospital has joined the TriNetX global health research network.

Paper Records, Films Most Common Type of Healthcare Data Breach, Study Finds

Despite the high level of hospital adoption of electronic health records and federal incentives to do so, paper and films were the most frequent location of breached data in hospitals, according to a recent study.

AHA Appoints Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has announced that John Riggi has joined the association as senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk.

Report: Healthcare Accounted for 45% of All Ransomware Attacks in 2017

Healthcare fell victim to more ransomware attacks than any other industry in 2017, according to a new report from global cybersecurity insurance company Beazley.

Study: Use of EHRs Does Not Reduce Administrative Costs

A recent study by Duke University and Harvard Business School researchers found that costs for processing a single bill ranged from $20 for a primary care visit to $215 for an inpatient surgical procedure, or up to 25 percent of revenue.

Kibbe to Step Down as CEO of DirectTrust

David Kibbe, M.D., M.B.A., announced he would step down as president and CEO of DirectTrust at the end of the year.