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Virtual Health Part II -Telehealth
This issue of Clinical Informatics Insights is the second of a three part series which explores healthcare in the virtual world, three functioning areas of the tele-experience: Providers interacting with patients (telemedicine), providers interacting with other providers (telecollaboration) and an overall virtual experience (telehealth).

Meet an Informaticist

Telehealth - Virtual Engagement

Amber Thompson, MBA, MS ,VP, Client Services & Customer Success, PatientSafe Solutions 

Telehealth as a mainstream norm will take more than the development of remote clinical process and technology tools.  It will take teaching healthcare providers to engage on a different level and in a broader scope than they are accustomed to or trained for.


Telehealth and Associated Technologies


Telehealth and associated technologies and applications offer a platform for the exchange of medical information between patients and providers leading to diagnosis and treatment. The National Conference of State Legislatures provides state of the industry information on reimbursement of telehealth encounters, licensure for telehealth providers, and patient privacy, safety and security. 


What is Telehealth?

Steve G. Peters, MD, Vice Medical Information Officer, and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Telehealth refers to the use of information and communications technologies for the support and enhancement of health care. The Health Resources Services Administration draws a distinction that, while telemedicine is characterized by remote clinical services, telehealth can refer to a broader range of activities, including training and education.

Trend Spotter

Telemedicine Encompasses a Wide Array of Service Types

By John Sharp, MSSA, PMP, FHIMSS, Senior Manager, Personal Connected Health Alliance, HIMSS North America

Telemedicine is often distinguished from telehealth in that telemedicine is focused on using these tools on a provider-to-provider basis. The most common form of telemedicine is teleconsult where a physician in one medical center consults with another usually by real-time video and often with the patient present.


HIMSS Issues Call To Action In Support of CONNECT for Health Act
Please “take action” by visiting the HIMSS Legislative Action Center today to send a letter to your Senators and Representatives asking them to cosponsor this important legislation and help to ensure these critical reforms are enacted into law. Read more.

HIMSS Joins Healthcare Community on Interoperability Pledge
The commitments are by health IT developers who provide electronic health records to the vast majority of the inpatient market, healthcare systems who serve patients in 46 states, and leading professional associations, such as HIMSS, and stakeholder groups. Read full article.

HIMSS and SIIM Align to Advance Enterprise Imaging Strategies
While healthcare organizations are making great strides to manage patient data within an electronic health record, imaging data from across the continuum of care is often widely unmanaged, or even, missing from the patient’s electronic health history. Read the full article.

Telehealth Connects University of California
University of California Davis - The University of California, Davis Health System is an integrated academic health system with a mission to improve lives and transform health care through bold innovation to achieve a healthier world. The organization employs a robust connected health strategy leveraging telehealth, clinical informatics and patient engagement to create a continuum of care. Read more.


By Cheryl D. Parker, PhD, RN-BC, FHIMSS, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, PatientSafe Solutions, Inc.

Development of the Patient Activation Measure (PAM): Conceptualizing and Measuring Activation in Patients and Consumers
For those with a more scholarly bent – this article describes a process for conceptualizing and operationalizing what it means to be “activated” and delineate the process we used to develop a measure for assessing “activation,” and the psychometric properties of that measure. Although it was published in 2004, it has value when discussing telehealth/patient engagement in today’s world.

Federation of State Medical Boards: Model Policy for the Appropriate Use of Telemedicine Technologies in the Practice of Medicine
This new policy document provides guidance to state medical boards for regulating the use of telemedicine technologies.

UCDHS Telemedicine Clinical Consultation Patient Satisfaction Survey
Nice survey tool if you want to assess patient satisfaction with telemedicine.


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