Healthcare providers across behavioral and related disciplines have long seen licensure as a barrier to telehealth growth. Practitioners are seeking to not only develop their specialty niche but to make themselves available to more patients.
Before implementing the use of mobile apps, caregivers should ensure the software is properly designed and appropriate for the type of treatment being delivered.
Mobile apps are a useful for resource, but clinicians should weigh their benefits and limitations before implementing their use to enhance the level of care they provide.
The American Telemedicine Association report card helps decision-makers assess which states are supportive of new telehealth services and which ones have failed to remove roadblocks.
Clinicians need to be trained to think through their ethical and legal duties related to confidentiality, that is, their duty to protect the patient’s privacy when using any app.
Of all the barriers to the expansion of telehealth across disciplines, practitioner reluctance is often considered to be the most pervasive.
The ultimate goal of portability for telehealth would be much like driver’s licenses, where a licensed driver could operate a vehicle in all 50 states.
State laws were not designed to address the current capabilities of technology, and new laws are being considered to accommodate it, but take years and herculean efforts to change
Behavioral telehealth is considered by many to be the “next big thing.” Now is the time to get informed.
Marlene M. Maheu, PhD, is the Founding and Executive Director of the TeleMental Health Institute...
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