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Expanded Use of Telehealth Tech Could Benefit NH Residents
 
Published Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Expanded use of telehealth and mobile health (MHealth) technologies to integrate behavioral and primary health care could benefit NH residents, according to a recently released report from the Institute for Health Policy and Practice at the University of NH and the NH Citizens Health Initiative.

“The behavioral health crisis in New Hampshire necessitates that we find innovative ways to provide better access to care,” says Jeanne Ryer, director of the NH Citizens Health Initiative, a program of the Institute of Health Policy and Practice (IHPP) at the University of NH. “New Hampshire is a perfect place to bring these technologies together in our current efforts to integrate mental health care and physical health care.”

The report found there is a strong foundation for telehealth and MHealth expansion in New Hampshire thanks to technology-savvy consumers (NH has a high rate of electronic health record technology adoption), a fairly robust telecommunications infrastructure and a predominately rural setting.

The report was developed by the NH Citizens Health Initiative’s NH Behavioral Health Learning Collaborative, which has been working to develop a health care systems’ ability to integrate behavioral health into primary care.

The Institute for Health Policy and Practice is an applied research institute in the University of New Hampshire’s College of Health and Human Services. IHPP conducts and disseminates high-quality, cutting-edge applied research and policy work that enables health system partners to implement evidence-based strategies to improve population health.

The NH Citizens Health Initiative is a multi-stakeholder collaborative effort that promotes health systems transformation in NH to improve the health of NH’s population.


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