From DHW Director Dave Jeppesen: We’re advancing telehealth for Idahoans

  • 32,059%: Increase in telehealth behavioral health visits between March and July 2020, compared to March – July 2019
  • 12,681%: Increase in telehealth medical visits between March and July 2020, compared to March – July 2019

As Idahoans, we share a sense of pride that we live in such a beautiful state with rich and varied recreational, professional, and cultural opportunities. However, being a large mostly rural state not only brings many great benefits, it also brings a few challenges.

One challenge we face is access to affordable, quality healthcare. Idaho’s rapid population growth in urban areas, a shortage of healthcare professionals, and the difficulty of access to frontier areas create widespread barriers to healthcare access. To address these challenges, the Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) and our partners formed a Telehealth Task Force. The Task Force successfully developed recommendations to advance telehealth in Idaho, to ensure that Idahoans have convenient access to quality care, no matter where they live. These findings and recommendations are part of an effort to develop a more coordinated, broad approach to telehealth adoption.

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