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 areas.

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 their patients.

 “Telehealth can 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.