Telehealth Disclosure and Informed Consent

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 disclosure and informed consent.

This course brings attention to patient treatment during distancing. The course is designed to provide education on disclosure and informed consent for practitioners who use telehealth.

 

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Learning Objectives:

  • Patient Understanding of Disclosures and Providing Informed Consent
  • Aspects of Informed Consent Specific to Telehealth
  • Protocol for Social Media
  • Protocol for Establishing Local Resources and Emergency Contact
  • Apply Procedures for Emergencies
  • Protocol for Verification of Patient Location
  • Establish Patient Location Prior to Appointment
  • Protocol for Verification of Patient Identity
  • Establish Patient Identity Prior to Appointment
  • Protocol for Verification of Patient Privacy
  • Establish Patient Privacy Prior to Appointment
  • Protocol for Verification of Patient Safety
  • Establish Patient Safety Prior to Appointment
  • Requirements Establish Patient Identity in Telehealth
  • Protocol Management for Technical Difficulties
  • Unique Challenges and Risks of Telehealth
  • Address Concerns of Patients Related to Telehealth
  • Monitor Ongoing Informed Consent
  • Managing Disclosures in Telehealth
  • Informed Consent Process in Telehealth
  • Ethically Gathering Informed Consent
  • Appropriate Use of Social Media
  • Elements of a Patient Safety Plan
  • Resources Available to Troubleshoot Telehealth Issues

 

Course Format:

Telehealth Disclosure and Informed Consent Part 1

  • Patient Understanding of Disclosures and Providing Informed Consent
  • Aspects of Informed Consent Specific to Telehealth
  • Protocol for Social Media
  • Protocol for Establishing Local Resources and Emergency Contact

 

Telehealth Disclosure and Informed Consent Part 2

  • Apply Procedures for Emergencies
  • Protocol for Verification of Patient Location
  • Establish Patient Location Prior to Appointment
  • Protocol for Verification of Patient Identity
  • Establish Patient Identity Prior to Appointment
  • Protocol for Verification of Patient Privacy
  • Establish Patient Privacy Prior to Appointment
  • Protocol for Verification of Patient Safety
  • Establish Patient Safety Prior to Appointment
  • Requirements Establish Patient Identity in Telehealth
  • Protocol Management for Technical Difficulties
  • Unique Challenges and Risks of Telehealth

 

Telehealth Disclosure and Informed Consent Part 3

  • Address Concerns of Patients Related to Telehealth
  • Monitor Ongoing Informed Consent
  • Managing Disclosures in Telehealth
  • Informed Consent Process in Telehealth

 

Telehealth Disclosure and Informed Consent Part 4

  • Ethically Gathering Informed Consent
  • Appropriate Use of Social Media
  • Elements of a Patient Safety Plan
  • Resources Available to Troubleshoot Telehealth Issues

 

Learning Outcomes Condi2ons:
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 2.0 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: 2.0 – 3.0 hours
This course is online and should take approximately 2.0 – 3.0 hours to complete.