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August 30, 2019
Public Policy Priorities Health IT Safety, Population & Public Health
Statement Type Regulatory Comment

In response to a Request for Information from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), AMIA strongly supported additional research on whether telehealth can support initiatives related to suicide risk reduction and opioid overdose prevention. NIH was seeking input on current clinical experience in the use of telehealth in emergency department (ED) settings to reduce suicide ideation and behavior, and to identify research gaps in the evidence base for providing this type of care. AMIA noted some of the general challenges related to telehealth, as well as those unique to the ED and mental health settings. It also included perspectives from AMIA member experts in the field.