The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) published practice guidelines for video-based online mental health services in May 2013.
The ATA guidelines continue to be very relevant to any practitioner/group interested in starting an online video-based presence.
Reviewing clinical considerations and understanding your own ethical and legal responsibilities is one of the first steps to becoming an educated video-based online mental health provider.
Clinical areas for considerations according to the ATA are:
- Professional and Patient Identity and Location
- Patient Appropriateness for Videoconferencing-based Telemental Health
- Informed Consent
- Physical Environment
- Communication and Collaboration with the Patient’s Treatment Team
- Emergency Management
- Medical Issues
- Referral Resources
It is recommended that you review the fully published document published by the ATA detailing the guidelines for video-based online mental health at: http://www.americantelemed.org/resources/telemedicine-practice-guidelines/telemedicine-practice-guidelines/practice-guidelines-for-video-based-online-mental-health-services#.Vwv6MlQrKUk
Submitted by Dr. Martha Ireland