Telehealth Professional Orientation

Telehealth is the use of electronic means or technology to provide medical and mental health services by any medical or mental health discipline. It is not a separate medical or mental health services. It is simply a different means through which a practitioner can deliver services that have historically been delivered in person in the medical and mental health field. Telehealth is discipline neutral, meaning that all medical and mental health disciplines can use the technology modality to provide services.

The need for medical and mental health has dramatically increased and, with advances in technology and current health concerns, the use of patient care at a distance has also increased. All age groups and all diagnoses have shown an increase in the need of treatment. With the increased use of telehealth there is an increased need for education concerning legal considerations and compliance during a telehealth appointment.

The research into telehealth has consistently shown it to be an effective delivery system for medical and mental health services. Some studies have even found that telehealth services may actually be preferable to in-person care in certain populations and situations. Children and adolescents and veterans in particular, seem to especially benefit from the use of telehealth. Telehealth is NOT the be-all and end-all in the delivery of therapy. Nor is it for every patient or every practitioner. Clearly, there are limitations. The limitations may be driven by a particular practitioner’s level of skill or confidence in treating certain cases online. This course is to provide education concerning telehealth patient practitioner protocol.

This course brings attention to patient treatment during distancing. The course is designed to provide education on patient practitioner protocol for practitioners who use telehealth.

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Learning Objectives:

  • Distinguish between various technological modalities.
  • Use telehealth as part of an integrative approach.
  • Implement the disclosure process.
  • Use ethical guidelines with social media.
  • Apply ethical practices to manage practitioner values and biases.
  • Terminology relevant to telehealth.
  • Differences between telehealth and non telehealth practices.
  • The public need for telehealth.
  • The evolution of telehealth.
  • The different settings for telehealth practices.
  • The telehealth disclosure process.
  • The ethical responsibility within the disclosure process.
  • The ethical responsibilities toward ongoing training, knowledge, and supervision.


Course Format:

Telehealth Professional Orientation Part 1

  • Evolution of Telehealth
  • Settings for Telehealth
  • Terminology Relevant to Telehealth
  • Technological Modalities


Telehealth Professional Orientation Part 2

  • Public Health Need
  • Primary Care Telehealth Growth Opportunities
  • Specialty Care Telehealth Growth Opportunities
  • Integrative Approach to Patient Care


Telehealth Professional Orientation Part 3

  • Differences of TMH and Non TMH Practices
  • Social Media Ethical Guidelines
  • Apply Ethical Practices to Manage Practitioner Biases and Values


Learning Outcomes Conditions:
Complete self-paced certification in its entirety.
Pass all quizzes and final with 80% or better.

Education Hours:
You will receive a completion certificate with 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits from MedChi The Maryland State Medical Society for this course when all Learning Outcomes Conditions have been met.

Approximate Learning Time: 1.5 – 2.0 hours
This course is online and should take approximately 1.5 – 2.0 hours to complete.