White House OSTP Drives New Effort Increasing Access to Digital Health Resources
Tech community delivers on OSTP call to create directory of telehealth products and tools with TechHealthDirectory.com
Washington, D.C, April 2, 2020 – Last month, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios convened representatives from major U.S. technology companies to discuss ways the tech community can support the whole-of-America COVID-19 response. Kratsios challenged them to create a resource identifying digital health products, tools, and services to assist the health care industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In response, today, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and American Telemedicine Association (ATA) launched TechHealthDirectory.com – a new database of telehealth technology solutions to help patients and clinicians search and access a range of digital health resources, including remote monitoring services, mental health services, medical devices, and more. The website is developed and hosted in conjunction with Amazon Web Services (AWS), and will be continually updated with new resources.
President Trump has announced a dramatic expansion of telehealth services, allowing more Americans to access their doctor while staying home and avoiding exposure.
“The Trump Administration recognizes the power of telemedicine and digital health solutions in keeping Americans healthy and safe during this unprecedented time, making it a priority to expand access for patients and doctors alike. We thank our Nation’s technology leaders for continued action as part of this truly whole-of-America response to the pandemic,” said Michael Kratsios, U.S. Chief Technology Officer.
“Our industry improves lives and uses innovation to help during times of crisis – and we are now rising to the challenge,” said Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, CTA. “This website will help the health care industry find telehealth solutions and address medical conditions. Our industry is proud to volunteer our time and expertise to offer help during a critical time of need. While much is still uncertain about the outbreak of COVID-19, there have never been more innovative tech solutions available to us all.”
“Telehealth is facilitating the timely diagnosis and treatment of individuals while limiting the risk of person-to-person spread of the virus,” said Ann Mond Johnson, CEO, ATA. “Telehealth solutions are proving valuable, not only in this public health emergency but also in day-to-day care delivery. We are inspired by our members on the front lines, and proudly stand together with CTA and AWS to help mitigate the spread of the virus and extend access to quality care for all citizens via telehealth.”
“Professionals across the health care industry and the public sector are working day and night to address the COVID-19 pandemic, and providing them access to cutting edge technology is one way to support their efforts,” said Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services. “AWS is proud to provide the cloud infrastructure to host TechHealthDirectory.com and help ensure health care professionals around the world have access to this important resource.”
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