Telehealth use among community health centers and cardio-metabolic health outcomes

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Public health interventions to manage the cardio-metabolic syndrome (CMS) have had modest success, necessitating the expansion of telehealth services to where people live. This effort analyzes the association between telehealth provision and the management of CMS-related quality measures (hypertension, diabetes, weight assessment and related counseling, lipid therapy for coronary artery disease, and antiplatelet therapy for ischemic vascular disease) using the Uniform Data System administrative database during the period 2016–2018. A total of 523, 600, and 586 community health centers (CHCs) were documented using telehealth, out of the 1367, 1373, and 1362 total CHCs, in the respective three years. Our primary analysis showed that there was no association between telehealth use and the outcomes. A difference in difference approach that compared the CHCs which transitioned from not using it to using it with those that did not use telehealth in two consecutive years also produced null results. However, among rural areas, the odds of better managing the outcomes were greater for certain outcomes. Our study provides limited support that the adoption of telehealth is potentially beneficial in improving certain outcomes in the CHCs setting that are based in rural areas. More specificity in data regarding the nature of telehealth implementation in the CHC setting could bring clarity in these associations.
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  • Healthcare  Journal
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    Author List

  • Baidwan NK; Davlyatov G; Mehta T
  • Volume

  • 8
  • Issue

  • 2