After years of pushing for higher levels of Medicare reimbursement for physicians providing telehealth services and tracking their patients’ health via remote patient monitoring tools, technology advocates say they’re finally expecting some significant wins this year.

Following a Senate Commerce Committee hearing where lawmakers said they plan to introduce legislation that would expand Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services, the head of one of the telehealth industry’s largest trade groups, the American Telemedicine Association, said telehealth issues have garnered more support than ever in Congress.

“There is certainly greater interest in telehealth now than I have ever seen,” Jonathan Linkous, chief executive officer of the ATA, said.