A new lobbying organization will seek to eliminate legal and regulatory barriers to telemedicine and other technology-driven approaches to delivering medical care.
The Alliance for Connected Care includes pharmacy chains CVS Caremark Corp. and Walgreen Co., insurance firm WellPoint and medical technology companies Teladoc and HealthSpot.
The group has already signed up some high-powered lobbying support: former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and Trent Lott (R-Miss.) were on hand for the kickoff event Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington. “The time has come for us to pave the way for telehealth,” Lott said.