Health Care and Technology

Advancements in technology offer new pathways to expand access to health care. The term telehealth is defined by the Health Resources and Services Administration as the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support and promote long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Technologies include videoconferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications. With the rapid expansion of telehealth services, publicly funded family planning providers are exploring how telehealth can improve patient access and experience, reduce costs, and address staffing shortages. 


NFPRHA provides its members resources and technical assistance regarding telehealth needs assessment, implementation, and policy and regulation. In addition, NFPRHA facilitates information sharing among members with interest in and experience with telehealth. 


  • Telehealth Resource List (PDF) – A compendium of resources featuring information on national and regional telehealth resource centers and tools related to assessment and implementation and policy, law, and regulation (May 2017).

  • Alternative Delivery Systems: An Opportunity for Sustainability (PDF) – A presentation that shares best practices and lessons learned from early adopters of alternative delivery systems, including the integration of family planning into a retail clinic and utilizing telemedicine to provide contraceptive and STD services. 

Other Resources

For additional resources & information, access NFPRHA fact sheets and federal comments by issue or read NFPRHA's publications and recent press statements.

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