Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building to examine the issue of telemedicine, the utilization of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to provide clinical health care at a distance. The hearing is entitled "Telehealth to Digital Medicine: How 21st Century Technology Can Benefit Patients." Pallone, the senior Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee and member of the Subcommittee on Communications and the Internet, requested the hearing. This will be the first hearing that the Health Subcommittee has held to review the issue of telemedicine.
"Telemedicine has the potential to serve a large portion of the United States by expanding the reach of medical resources while reducing cost and increasing quality," said Congressman Pallone. "I am glad that the Health Subcommittee will be addressing this important issue at our hearing next week and, hopefully, continuing to work together to improve the delivery of health care by bringing providers and patients together virtually. I thank Chairman Pitts for agreeing to hold this important hearing."
Last year, Congressman Pallone, along with Congressman David Nunes (CA-22), a Republican member of the Ways and Means Committee, introduced the TELEmedicine for MEDicare (TELE-MED) Act of 2013. The legislation would permit Medicare providers who are licensed to practice physically in one state, to treat patients electronically across state lines. By connecting the Medicare patient and provider virtually at the point and time of care, the TELE-MED Act gives Medicare patients access to the best health care anywhere and at any time.