Description & Objectives
The course is intended for physicians, medical directors, nursing leadership and administrators in WA, OR, AK, CA, MT and ID.
TeleHealth provides innovative health-care delivery models to both rural and urban areas. Leveraging technology improves access to care, increases efficiency of providers covering multi-campus systems and cuts costs by reducing travel and duplication of services.
Nearly one-fourth of the U.S. population live in rural areas, but only about 10 percent of physicians practice in rural America, according to the National Rural Health Association. In these medically underserved areas, TeleHealth is a powerful way to augment clinical practice through home monitoring, access to specialty services, and patient education yielding a reduction in emergency admissions, planned admissions and mortality rates.
To fully realize the promise of TeleHealth, physicians and allied health professionals must be proficient in basic telehealth technologies, including ambulatory and hospital based bi-directional video consultations, utilization of telepresenters, and store-and-forward techniques for study interpretation. Healthcare administrators also need to be familiar with the the benefits and challenges offered by TeleHealth, including emerging technologies, program logistics, and strategies for developing and implementing reliable, cost effective TeleHealth programs.
At the conclusion of this symposium, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:
- Identify the major milestones influencing TeleMedicine becoming the standard of care and its context within the industry, including vendors and major programs, and discuss the future direction of TeleMedicine
- Reiterate the changes in payment models related to Health Care Reform and explain the opportunities for TeleHealth to reduce cost of care in a population management environment
- Explain the TeleHealth role in specialty care and TeleHealth total cost of care and compensation
- Discuss and clarify TeleHealth standards, guidelines and regulatory issues
- Identify key strategies for implementing, planning and best practice management of TeleMedicine programs and recognize challenges associated with program development
- Identify how to overcome program start up technology hurdles, identify and utilize technology to meet clinical needs, make informed vendor/manufacturer/technology choices and successfully market TeleMedicine internally and externally
- State the role and responsibility of the Telepresenter and who can function in that role
- Employ best practices for building and measuring the impact of a TeleStroke network
- Explain the utilization of TeleHealth in service employer-based health care needs and in support of underserviced communities and populations, explain patient satisfaction measures and patient alternatives and identify future trends of consumer TeleHealth and current development activities in Providence Health & Services/Swedish
- Discuss and clarify TeleHealth program development, organization structure, business model and sustainability
- Explain the structure, safety and effectiveness of the Swedish TeleHospitalist program
- Reiterate the benefits and challenges of performing hospital TeleNeurology consultations and recognize the similarities and differences between TeleStroke and TeleNeurology consults
- Describe which TeleICU services can be provided in urban and rural settings
- Apply best practices for a building a TeleStroke network and measuring the impact of that network
- Clarify measure of outcomes for patients and quality control and safety
- Discuss the future outlook and applications of TeleHealth