Telemedicine’s Role in Combating the Opioid Epidemic
The lack of sufficient federal funding, coupled with the patchwork coordination of federal, state, and local authorities, has allowed the opioid crisis to reach epidemic proportions. Furthermore, many of the hardest hit areas have also been impacted in recent years by various economic forces (e.g. inflation, recession). Consequently, many of these areas do not possess the basic community resources needed to meet the needs of their residents.
Some of the most critical tools needed to wage the war on opioid abuse include increased access to counseling and therapy and increased medication assisted treatments in the most rural areas, where cost and time may limit health care options.
The panel will explore the need to coordinate intervention and treatment efforts at all levels, describe many of the existing and emerging treatments available to providers and patients, and discuss how telemedicine can be used to scale critical resources for those in the greatest need.
- Jon Evans, President & CEO, Innovatel
- Anne Woodbury, Executive Director, Advocates for Opioid Recovery
- Moderator: Peter Yellowlees, MD, MBBS, Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Professor of Psychiatry, University of California Davis; Immediate Past President, American Telemedicine Association