ATA Plans To Launch Telehealth Accreditation Program

May 23, 2014 in News

The American Telemedicine Association is planning to launch this fall an accreditation program for primary and urgent care, MedCity News reports.

During a conference hosted this week by the group, ATA President Edward Brown said an accreditation program is needed to help consumers make good decisions and to assure them that online medical consultations are safe and useful (Baum, MedCity News, 5/20).

Details of Draft Telehealth Guidelines

Earlier this month, ATA published a draft document with guidelines for using telehealth to provide direct-to-patient, primary and urgent care services.

Specifically, the guidelines address:

  • Administrative specifications;
  • Clinical specifications; and
  • Technical specifications (ATA draft, May 2014).

For example, the draft notes that telehealth should be used in primary care for medical conditions such as:

  • Allergies;
  • Asthma;
  • Influenza;
  • Lower back pain; and
  • Upper respiratory infections.

ATA is seeking public comment on the draft guidelines until June 12 (MedCityNews, 5/20).

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