The growth of telemedicine has been nothing short of explosive and that trend is expected to continue, even accelerate, worldwide. As one might expect, this creates both opportunities and challenges. Clear benefits to using telemedicine services exist for patients, providers and purchasers, resulting in positive shifts for the broader delivery system.

However, the proliferation of telemedicine companies and their array of products and services necessitates a national, standardized means of assuring quality, patient safety, and competent care. Until now, the telemedicine industry has not had an easy-to-identify confirmation or seal of approval of quality from an independent third-party organization. In this case, accreditation also helps fill the regulatory gap that occurs when the pace of innovation may move faster than regulations can keep up, as with telemedicine.

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