Dr. Anne Burdick Named to New State Telehealth Advisory Council
Anne Burdick, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Dean for Telehealth and Community Outreach at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been appointed to the newly created Florida Telehealth Advisory Council. She is one of 13 health professionals in the state selected to serve on the council, which will survey health care facilities, practitioners and health insurers on the status and scope of telehealth activities in the state.
The council, chaired by the Secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration, will submit a report to the legislature and governor by October 31, 2017, with recommendations to increase the use and accessibility of services provided via telehealth. The announcement comes from the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Health.
While 31 states and the District of Columbia have adopted parity laws for health benefits plans to cover and reimburse for telehealth-provided services comparable to in-person encounters, Florida lawmakers have not passed similar legislation.
“I am honored to serve on this council,” said Burdick, who is also professor of dermatology and Director of the Leprosy Program at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. “Telehealth is a tool that can deliver primary and specialty health care to patients in urban and rural areas, at health facilities and in their homes. I’m proud to represent UHealth and share my experience in providing teledermatology and facilitating UHealth teleconsultations in multiple specialties.”