TeleMental Health Technology

Telemental health is the use of electronic means or technology to provide mental health services by any mental health discipline. It is not a seperate 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 mental health field. Telemental health is discipline neutral, meaning that all mental health disciplines can use the technology modality to provide services.

The need for 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 telemental health there is an increased need for education concerning legal considerations and compliance during a telemental health appointment.

The research into telemental health has consistently shown it to be an effective delivery system for mental health services. Some studies have even found that telemental health 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 telemental health. Telemental health 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 telemental health technology.

This course brings attention to patient treatment during distancing. The course is designed to provide education on professional orientation for practitioners who use telemental health.

 

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Learning Outcomes:

  • Benefits and Risks of Modalities
  • Evaluate and Select Technologies
  • Different Platforms and Modalities
  • Implement Chosen Technology
  • Patient Set Up of Chosen Technology
  • Patient and Practitioner Etiquette
  • Technology Security Aspects and Protocols
  • Appropriate Storage, Rules, Regulations and Guidelines of Appointment Recordings and Documentation
  • Ethical Guidelines Regarding the Destruction of Appointment Recordings and Documentation.
  • Troubleshoot Technical Difficulties and Poor Quality of Communication
  • Ethical Responsibilities Regarding Technology
  • Ethical Responsibilities of Confidentiality
  • Terms Related to Technology
  • Hardware, Software, and Internet Connection Needs
  • Technology for People with Disabilities

 

Course Format:

TeleMental Health Technology Part 1

  • Benefits and Risks of Modalities
  • Evaluate and Select Technologies
  • Different Platforms and Modalities

 

TeleMental Health Technology Part 2

  • Implement Chosen Technology
  • Patient Set Up of Chosen Technology
  • Patient and Practitioner Etiquette
  • Technology Security Aspects and Protocols

 

TeleMental Health Technology Part 3

  • Appropriate Storage, Rules, Regulations and Guidelines of Appointment Recordings and Documentation
  • Ethical Guidelines Regarding the Destruction of Appointment Recordings and Documentation
  • Troubleshoot Technical Difficulties and Poor Quality of Communication
  • Ethical Responsibilities Regarding Technology
  • Ethical Responsibilities of Confidentiality

 

TeleMental Health Technology Part 4

  • Terms Related to Technology
  • Hardware, Software, and Internet Connection Needs
  • Technology for People with Disabilities

 

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.

 

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