This multi-center observational study allowed participants with Parkinson’s living in New York, Maryland, Delaware, California and Florida to have a one-time visit with a movement disorder specialist through video conferencing. This study assessed the feasibility, impact and acceptability of using telemedicine to remove barriers to care in Parkinson’s disease.
Findings from this study suggest that telemedicine can provide the Parkinson’s community specialized, convenient, comfortable care. Results from the study have already helped to encourage the removal of barriers to this care model, such as licensing restrictions and Medicare reimbursement. The TELE-MED Act, for example, is a proposed federal legislation that would permit certain providers to provide services in a different state that has been proposed with support from this study. As well, the Connect.Parkinson study, funded by PCORI and being completed by Dr. Dorsey’s research team, has a clear tie to the positive findings of telemedicine from the RACE-PD study.