Maryland Telehealth Alliance (also known as ‘MTel’) believes that telehealth technologies are critical to the future of affordable, equitable, accessible, effective health care. Founded in 2017 by four members of the Maryland Telemedicine Task Force and a Maryland health care lawyer, MTel is the leading voice for telehealth in Maryland. It is the only organization focused exclusively on telehealth’s expanding role in health care, the diversity of its applications and how it will benefit Maryland.
Specific information about telehealth can be difficult to find and telehealth is changing so rapidly, it is hard to keep up. MTel’s aim is to be the ‘go to’ place in Maryland for finding this information. If our team or our community of members doesn’t know the answer, we will point you to a resource that does. What we don’t do is provide health care itself or telehealth technology services.
Our team has long experience working with legislators and regulators. Educating them about how public policy affects – positively or negatively – access to health care through telehealth is an important part of what we do.
Equally important is educating the public and business communities about how telehealth can improve their health and that of their employees and families while saving time and money. For example, a connected school-based health clinic can save parents time away from work taking their child to see specialists. Connected monitoring devices can help prevent emergency room visits through early warnings of elevated risk factors for some chronic health conditions. Interactive online patient evaluations can enable immediate access to primary care outside normal clinic hours.
We are developing a webinar program. Some are free to our members and open to the public for a fee. Others have been developed at the request and funded by a sponsoring organization targeting its members’ specific interests.
We need your help. MTel is an all-volunteer effort. Developing and expanding the kinds and breadth of educational outreach programs and events that we envision requires more resources than we currently have. Please join us as a member and as a volunteer. MTel’s current members include hospital systems, medical schools, clinics, sole practitioners, professional and special interest organizations, businesses providing services to the telehealth community and individuals. You will be in good company.
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