TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO HELP NATIVE AMERICANS EXPAND TELEHEALTH RESOURCES
The administration of President Donald Trump is expanding
telehealth programs and other health care services to fight opioid abuse among
American Indian and Alaskan native tribes, federal officials say.
The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Tribal Opioid Response
grant program will oversee the disbursement of more than $50 million in federal
grants to existing programs designed to improve access to care in underserved
One of the means the program will use is telemedicine, also
called telehealth. Telehealth services distribute health care services and
information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies.
Telehealth can improve treatments such as medication-assisted treatment therapy
by increasing access to care and giving providers more opportunities to monitor
include so many things,” Glans said. “It can be as simple as home-use
applications that assess vital signs and diagnose common problems such as ear
infections, to measuring blood pressure or monitoring glucose levels. And it
allows patients to take charge of their health and provide the doctor with
information without making a trip to the doctor’s office. Those suffering from
opioid addiction will benefit from the ability of telemedicine to look at a
person’s full situation and monitor all aspects of a person’s health.”
Thanks to The Heartland Institue for this informaiton.