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What is Needed for Telemental Health to Reach Its Full Potential as a Delivery System?

What is Needed for Telemental Health to Reach Its Full Potential as a Delivery System?

Telemental health is increasingly being used to expand behavioral health care access to clients in need, especially those living in rural areas with limited clinical resources. However, there are some challenges to overcome before telemental health will be able reach its full potential as a delivery system for behavioral health services. Surprisingly, some of the challenges for on-site face to face sessions in rural communities may also limit the success of telemental health services in these communities. Per the authors of the article Understanding the Business Case for Telemental Health in Rural Communities, the challenges that impede success in rural areas for both face to face and telemental health sessions include: Poor insurance reimbursement Difficulties recruiting and retaining qualified behavioral...

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Majority of Patients Demand Virtual Healthcare Services, Providers Must Deliver

Majority of Patients Demand Virtual Healthcare Services, Providers Must Deliver

Per a new Accenture Survey of 1,501 U.S. patients, more than three-quarters of respondents indicated a desire to utilize virtual healthcare some or most of the time. But despite this demand for virtual healthcare, only one in 5 surveyed indicated that they had previously received virtual healthcare services. Of those surveyed that had utilized care virtually, the most commonly cited reason for doing so was convenience over an in-person appointment. More than two-thirds of the patients indicated a willingness to utilize virtual services to track health indicators, for follow up appointments, and for non-urgent health exams. “As more and more patients take control of their own healthcare in the age of consumerism, provider organizations must be able to offer meaningful...

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Latest Industry Report Identifies Best States for Telemedicine

Latest Industry Report Identifies Best States for Telemedicine

The American Telemedicine Association today released an update to two critical state policy reports which identified gaps in coverage and reimbursement, and physician practice standards and licensure. The reports, which capture the policy landscape of each state and Washington, DC, include research methodology and state-specific grades based on a series of indicators for each report. Both reports are available for download here. Read the full ATA article here.

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Why You Should NOT Use Google Hangouts, Skype, or Facetime for Telehealth

Why You Should NOT Use Google Hangouts, Skype, or Facetime for Telehealth

It may be very tempting as a healthcare provider to simply connect with a patient for a video teleconference utilizing the popular social media platforms like Google Hangouts, Skype and Facetime, but if you do so, you are risking HIPAA compliance. Yes, these platforms provide high quality audio/video and chat capabilities free of charge, but these platforms were created to be general purpose communication tools and were not built specifically for secure use by healthcare providers. When utilizing video-teleconferencing with patients, the technology provider is being given access to electronic protected health information (e-PHI) which falls under the HIPAA security rule, and thus must be safeguarded. To insure HIPAA compliance, you must enter into a Business Associates Agreement (BAA) with...

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How to Personalize Your Website

How to Personalize Your Website

Did you know that 55% of visitors spend less than 15 seconds on a website? This gives website owners a critical window of opportunity to capture their visitors attention and point them in the direction to reaching out for services. People want relevant content but they also want it dolled out to them in a sleek and beautiful way. So, what are some ways you can increase your website’s readership? A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words The ultimate goal is to create a web presence that gives potential clients a dose of who you and your practice are. Photos are a great way to catch your audience’s attention without wordy explanations. In fact, photos can be a lot more...

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