ProgrammingThe Telehealth Professional’s Guide to Successful Program Development is a blog series that provides an overview of the program development plan created by the California Telehealth Resource Center and the consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers. Phases include Assess & Define, Develop & Plan, Implement & Monitor. This plan, combined with national and regional resources, can help you build a successful telehealth program.Click here to view the entire series.

Click here to access the Step-by-Step Checklist for Telehealth Program Development.

The use of telehealth/telemedicine to meet patient and provider needs is expanding around the world. Some common telehealth/telemedicine services  include dermatology, psychiatry, pain management, sports medicine and neurology. Almost any area of practice can benefit from the use of telehealth/telemedicine.

While this growth may add a sense of urgency to implement a telehealth/telemedicine program in your practice, it’s important to understand that developing a quality program requires a plan.

What do you need to know?

  • Health care providers are realizing the value and benefit in caring for patients via telehealth/telemedicine
  • Consumers are demanding easier access to health care in the work place and beyond
  • Employers are looking for ways to expand access to quality health care while saving money
  • Technology is rapidly improving, becoming more mobile and available in remote areas
  • Reimbursement is becoming less of a barrier as insurance carriers realize the cost savings and patient satisfaction
  • Legislation is being approved at both the state and federal levels to recognize and expand reimbursement options

What do you need to consider?

  • Is my organization ready and willing to support a telehealth/telemedicine program?
  • Do we have the people and technology or the ability to acquire these resources to build a successful program?
  • What needs will our program meet?
  • How can I educate my patients about this type of health care delivery?
  • Will our services be reimbursed?
  • How can we reap the most benefit from the investment?
  • How do we determine success?
  • What obstacles will we encounter?
  • Do we need goals and objectives?

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Resources to get you started!