Professional associations support telemedicine

And what they say about it

Many professional organizations in healthcare support and encourage the use of telemedicine among their members. Here are a few notable organizations and what they say about telemedicine.

American College of Physicians
“ACP supports the expanded role of telemedicine as a method of health care delivery that may enhance patient–physician collaborations, improve health outcomes, increase access to care and members of a patient’s health care team, and reduce medical costs when used as a component of a patient’s longitudinal care.”
Full ACP Position Statement

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
“Telemedicine technologies can be used to efficiently provide pediatric physicians working in remote locations with ongoing medical education, increasing their ability to care for more complex patients in their community, reducing the burdens of travel on patients and families, and supporting the medical home.”
AAP Policy Statement

American Telemedicine Association (ATA)
“For over 40 years, telemedicine has been used to bring healthcare services to patients in distant locations. Not only does telemedicine improve access to patients but it also allows physicians and health facilities to expand their reach, beyond their own offices. Given the provider shortages throughout the world–in both rural and urban areas–telemedicine has a unique capacity to increase service to millions of new patients…Over the past 15 years, study after study has documented patient satisfaction and support for telemedical services.” To learn more go to:

American Medical Association (AMA)
“Telemedicine technology has the potential to transform health care delivery and address many care coordination challenges facing the U.S. healthcare system. It can facilitate remote, mobile and site-to-site medical care. Telemedicine, a key innovation in support of health care delivery reform, is being used in initiatives to improve access to care, care coordination and quality and when properly used has the potential to reduce the rate of growth in health care spending.” To learn go to:

American Psychological Association (APA)
“The expanding role of technology in the provision of psychological services and the continuous development of new technologies that may be useful in the practice of psychology present unique opportunities, considerations and challenges to practice.”
Telepsychology Practice Guidelines

American Psychiatric Association (APA)
“Video-based telepsychiatry helps meet patients’ needs for convenient, affordable and readily-accessible mental health services.”
Benefits of Telepsychiatry

American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
“The Academy supports the appropriate use of telemedicine as a means of improving access to the expertise of Board certified dermatologist to provide high-quality, high-value care. Telemedicine can also serve to improve patient care coordination and communication between other specialties and dermatology.”
AAD Position Statement on Teledermatology

Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
“The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) strongly supports the appropriate and evidence-based use of telehealth and telemedicine technologies to provide up-to-date, timely, cost effective subspecialty care to resource limited populations and to provide continuing education and longitudinal support to ID providers.”
IDSA Position Statement on Telehealth strives to develop strong relationships with professional healthcare organizations and providers. In order to collaborate and and maintain a provider and patient-friendly telemedicine solution.