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.(1) 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.
TeleHealth programs use secure video connections, high definition imaging and other sophisticated technologies to allow healthcare provides at Providence Health and Services and Swedish Medical Center to diagnose and propose treatment options for patients who are not sitting in the same exam room, hospital room or emergency department as the physician. Advancements in medical technology and online security suggest there are endless opportunities to expand access to care through Telehealth.
In both urban and rural areas across the United States, transportation issues and physician shortages pose significant challenges for patients who require specialized care. Studies show patients benefit from the improved access to teams of highly qualified physicians that TeleHealth provides.
Telehealth assures patients access to care when they need it and when time is critical for diagnosing and treating serious conditions, allows specialist physicians to practice more efficiently while supporting communities that don’t have specialty care available locally, and reduces the amount of travel for both physicians and patients.
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.
1. National Rural Health Association http://www.ruralhealthweb.org/
At the conclusion of this symposium, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:
Identify the basic use cases of Telehealth and the technology involved
Discuss and clarify TeleHealth inspiration, application, best use cases and technology involved
- Identify key strategies for implementing, planning and best practice management of telemedicine programs and recognize challenges associated with program development
- Ascertain market challenges for development of Accountable Care Organizations and state how Accountable Care Organizations can partner with providers
- State use cases for acute care consult and recognize the challenges and potential of TeleHealth medicine
Explain current legislative and policy environment impacting health care and legislative and regulatory issues impacting Telehealth services
- Discuss the methodology of Project ECHO and the pros and cons of using clinic to clinic consultations via Telehealth
- Explain the utilization of TeleHealth in service employer-based healthcare needs and in support underserviced communities and populations
Reiterate online/mobile expectations of consumers today, explain the problem(s) to solve in simplifying health care through digital technology, and outline the actions of healthcare organizations and providers that will move the industry forward
Explain the concept of substitute hospital-level care delivered in patients’ homes and demonstrate the benefits of delivering hospital-level care at home: decreased levels of adverse events, lower costs, and higher patient satisfaction
Describe a basic home TeleHealth system and basic requirements to manage a home Telehealth system
Friday, September 19, 2014
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Swedish Cherry Hill
Swedish Education and Conference Center