Topic Spotlight


PCORI has funded 119 comparative clinical effectiveness research studies that answer questions about how well telehealth works for different populations under various circumstances. (As of December 2021)


At least 86 PCORI-funded research studies that focus on telehealth include people who identify as racial/ethnic minorities. (As of December 2021)


At least 33 PCORI-funded research studies that focus on telehealth also focus on mental and behavioral health. (As of December 2021)

Study Results that Support Better-Informed Decisions

Changes to Telehealth Policy, Delivery, and Outcomes in Response to COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a rapid shift toward virtual visits and digital tools to monitor and help patients manage their health care. PCORI solicited a landscape review to summarize how reimbursement, regulatory, and delivery systems have changed for telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic.

The goal was to use this information, in combination with conversations with key stakeholders, to better understand how changes in the delivery system during COVID-19 might alter PCORI’s strategic focus on future investment in telehealth research. This report provides a rich summary of changes under the pandemic and highlights some areas in telehealth where additional research may be valuable.

View Landscape Review Report

Telehealth Study Spotlights

Childhood Hearing Loss in Rural Alaska

PCORI-funded researcher April Armstrong, MD, MPH, defines what online care means to her PCORI-funded project which compared in-person visits to online care for patients with psoriasis and shares some of the advantages and concerns an online care model can have for patients and their clinicians.