The Journal of mHealth Vol 1 Issue 3 (June 2014) - Page 30

CONFERENCE NEWS ATA Plans to Launch Telehealth Accreditation Program In his speech to the annual ATA (American Telemedicine Association) conference in Baltimore, Edward Brown, President of the Association, outlined plans to introduce an accreditation scheme for the telehealth industry. The aim of the accreditation program, which is detailed in a draft consultation paper, aims to clarify the relationship between the industry and consumers. The American Telemedicine Association is working toward an autumn launch of the accreditation program for primary care and urgent care. Brown, who also heads up the Ontario Telemedicine Network, has said the program is needed to help consumers make good choices and to reassure patients that online medical consultations are convenient and safe. It published a draft document earlier this month and is seeking public comment. While the ATA has developed Core Guidelines for Telemedicine Operations that provide overarching, broad guidance, the purpose of these draft guidelines is to provide specific recommendations on the use of real-time, two-way videoconferencing (VTC), and telephonic communications between providers and patients (i.e. direct-topatient) in the delivery of primary and urgent care. The guidelines address clinical, technical, and administrative specifications, and establish baseline practice expectations for remote consultations, promote quality outcomes, and support a more informed patient population. The guidelines address the use and application of telehealth services suggesting that telemedicine in primary care settings should treat uncomplicated conditions or be used for simple or routine followup for patients with underlying chronic conditions, and for the management of patients with medical conditions such as allergies and asthma, influenza, low back pain, and upper respiratory infections. The draft consultation document can be read online in full at: www.americantelemed.org/docs/default-source/standards/ ata-primary-urgent-care-guidelines-draft-publiccomment-final-(2).pdf n Medical Devices Summit West 2014 Today most medical d