October 2019

Telehealth for medication abortion delivery models

Ibis Reproductive Health. Telehealth for medication abortion delivery models. October 2019. 

Telehealth, the provision of health care at a distance through technology, can expand access to high-quality care by increasing availability, reducing costs, and offering a patient-centered approach. Many health care services, such as radiology, mental health care, and emergency medicine, have expanded their reach through telehealth. In 2011, Ibis launched a program of work to evaluate the use and safety of telehealth for medication abortion services. To date, this work has aimed to better understand the use of this emerging technology and its potential to transform abortion care. This brief includes an overview of the different telehealth provision models currently in place, examples of their use, and how these models have expanded access to abortion.