Recently the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) launched an accreditation program to recognize those healthcare facilities in the U.S. that offer online, direct-to-consumer healthcare consultations while meeting specific standards.
With the concepts of telemedicine and remote healthcare gathering momentum, the launch of such a program is well-timed. ATA’s research has estimated that some 800,000+ online patient consultations will be provided this year and that number is expected to increase as more consumers and healthcare providers discover the convenience and cost-effectiveness of online medical services.
Talking about the program, Jonathan Linkous, CEO of ATA, said, “ATA’s Accreditation Program is designed to ensure transparency and patient safety as online services for healthcare proliferate.” He further explained ATA’s vision behind the program, “We’ve seen an explosion of online healthcare service offerings in recent years, and a growing need to assure consumers are making good choices. ATA’s Accreditation Program for Online Patient Consultations will provide benchmarks for organizations building an online practice. In addition, it will provide reassurance for payers that the virtual services they are reimbursing follow federal and state laws and regulations, assure patient privacy, are transparent in pricing and operations, use qualified, licensed providers, and follow appropriate clinical practices and guidelines.”
ATA has also launched SafeOnlineHealth.org, a resource through which consumers can understand the growing use of digital and telecommunication advancements in healthcare services. Here visitors can also learn about telemedicine, online healthcare, and see the list of accredited providers.
Registration for the Accreditation Program will be open to ATA Institutional Members, Sustaining President’s Circle, and President’s Circle members exclusively from Dec. 15, 2014 through Feb. 28, 2015. The program details are available at http://www.americantelemed.org.
About Bob Higginbotham
Bob Higginbotham, CTS-I, CTS-D, is the Avidex National Manager of Healthcare AV. Bob has spent his 30 year career in leadership positions in the AV industry including extensive design and build work in healthcare facilities. He owned and operated a successful AV business in Texas with multiple offices in several cities where he managed a staff of over 100 employees. Bob has served as a technical consultant for a major AV manufacturer, led the technical sales team for a national video conferencing provider and provided technology auditing services for several private education facilities. He has a unique working knowledge of audiovisual technology as well as multiple certifications in audio engineering, acoustics, AV design, CQT system commissioning and video transmission systems. Bob holds a BA in communications and has recently served as board chair for a large private school. He brings his years of technical knowledge and leadership experience to Avidex where he leads the national healthcare AV team. Contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org