Pathways to Prevention (P2P)

Workshop Program

Improving Rural Health Through Telehealth-Guided Provider-to-Provider Communication

October 12, 2021, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
October 13, 2021, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
October 14, 2021, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

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Registration is required. You must register separately for each day you plan to attend to receive a unique meeting link for that specific day.

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About one-fifth of all people in the United States live in rural areas. Health disparities continue to be a pressing issue for rural communities, where there are increased mortality rates, a higher prevalence of diseases, and lower life expectancy than in urban areas.

While the underlying causes of such disparities are complex, social determinants of health (e.g., access to care, education, and income) play an important role. An estimated 22.2 million rural residents live in areas with a shortage of health care providers. A national survey of rural health stakeholders highlighted access to emergency services, primary care, and health insurance as high-priority needs within rural populations.

Telehealth—the use of information and telecommunications technology to provide care across time and distance—has enormous potential to enhance rural health and health care over the coming decades. Telehealth-guided collaboration between health care providers can increase access to certain services and improve health outcomes. Provider-to-provider telehealth supports clinicians through consultations, mentoring, continuing medical education, and other services to improve the overall delivery and quality of health care to patients, especially in underserved rural populations.


Nationwide acceptance of telehealth has accelerated over the years, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, more research is needed to better understand how provider-to-provider telehealth affects patients, populations, health care providers, and payers in rural areas. We need to explore the effectiveness of telehealth-guided clinical decision-making, as well as its timeliness for improving health outcomes for rural patients. It is also important to identify barriers and facilitators to the implementation and dissemination of telehealth-guided provider-to-provider communication and develop evidence-based delivery strategies to ensure that the use of telehealth in rural areas is sustainable. Generating additional evidence on the practicality of provider-to-provider telehealth will help identify new approaches to expand and improve telehealth in rural areas where it will have the greatest impact nationally and globally. 

Key Questions

Speakers in this P2P workshop will assess the scientific evidence to better understand what is and is not known about the effectiveness of telehealth-guided provider-to-provider communication to improve health outcomes in rural settings by addressing the key questions listed below.

  1. What is the uptake of different types of provider-to-provider telehealth in rural areas?
  2. What is the effectiveness of provider-to-provider telehealth for rural patients?
  3. What strategies are effective and what are the barriers and facilitators to implementation and sustainability of provider-to-provider telehealth in rural areas?
  4. What are the methodological weaknesses of the included studies of provider-to-provider telehealth for rural patients and what improvements in study design (e.g., focus on relevant comparisons and outcomes) might increase the impact of future research?

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I participate in the virtual P2P workshop? How much does it cost to register?

P2P workshops are free and open to the public. You can register to attend using the links at the top of the workshop page.

There are opportunities to comment and ask questions throughout the workshop either through the Webex Q&A function or by emailing
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The public is also encouraged to submit comments on the draft panel report when it is posted on the ODP website for a public comment period.

Do I have to register for each day of the 3-day virtual workshop?

Yes. Each workshop day requires a different meeting link. You will need to register separately for each day you plan to attend in order to receive the correct meeting information and reminders.

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Will a recording of the workshop proceedings be available?

P2P workshop recordings are made available on the ODP website approximately 1 month after the workshop.

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Can I receive continuing education credits for attending this workshop?

Continuing education credits are not offered for this workshop.

Last updated on June 11, 2021