(WASHINGTON, DC) November 7, 2020– Today, the Connected Health Initiative released a statement from executive director Morgan Reed regarding the win of President-Elect Joseph Biden and Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris:

“I congratulate President-Elect Biden and Vice-President Elect Harris on their victory in the 2020 Presidential Election. As President-Elect Biden made clear during his campaign, the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) is a top priority for his first 100 days in office. Evidence shows the uptake in telehealth continues not just for COVID-19 related care but for delivering everyday healthcare without exposure for patients and providers.

Our Connected Health Initiative’s (CHI) advocacy to remove barriers to wider adoption of digital health tools became the driving force of our work during the PHE, leading the charge to secure these waivers and many other changes to expanded digital health usage. We look forward to continuing this work with President-Elect Biden’s administration and Congress to ensure that the Medicare patients will have access to digital health services regardless of where they live or where they happen to be when they conduct a virtual visit with their caregiver.”