Ten years ago, if you wanted to learn anything about telehealth, your options were to find someone who practiced it orread about it in journal articles. Ten years later, the learning landscape is very different. Now there are a multitude of videos, online training and sites devoted to telehealth awareness and training. At LearnTelehealth.org we try to offer simple and convenient ways to explain telehealth. That’s why I liked the documentaries below – they’re simple, short and informative.

The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) is one of the newest telehealth resource centers. Located in Sacramento, CA, the CCHP’s focus is telehealth policy and, according to its web site, “provides technical support that can lead to a more receptive policy environment for provision of telehealth services. CCHP conducts objective policy analysis and research, makes non-partisan policy recommendations, and manages innovative telehealth demonstration projects.” 

The CCHP executive director, Mario Gutierrez, is speaking at our upcoming South Central Telehealth Forum on April 5, 2013. Don’t miss this important talk!

In addition to a lot of excellent general information about telehealth policy the site has a nice video series on its You Tube channel. The CCHP calls them “micro-documentaries” and I wanted to share a few I thought were excellent:

This video won the American Telemedicine Association’s 2012 Telemedicine Video Contest award on the theme of Provider Adoption. Featuring Dr. Noah Craft, a dermatologist at UCLA.


This video explains how telehealth can improve quality of care for all patients. It features Molly Coye, MD, MPH, Chief Innovation Officer at UCLA Health System.


This video shows how telehealth can be used in physical medicine and rehabilitation in addition to gaming. It features Steve DeMello, of CITRIS Berkeley, demonstrating how these new technologies will impact the future of telehealth.


The CCHP’s You Tube channel features 3 additional videos to help understand the reach and impact of telehealth. You can use them the next time someone says, “What is telehealth and what’s it good for?” Do you have a favorite from the ones above? Are there other favorite videos you’d like to share? Leave a comment in the box below.

Don’t forget! You can hear Mario in person and many other experts and practitioners at the South Central Telehealth Forum in Little Rock, AR on April 5, 2013.