Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced the results of the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology’s 2013 Health Information Technology (IT) Assessment, which demonstrates Virginia’s national leadership in telehealth initiatives, documents faster broadband speeds and an increase in adoption rates of electronic health records by Virginia physicians.
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STAR Telehealth Training
The Southside Telehealth Training Academy and Resource Center (STAR) has developed a training program for health care providers seeking to use advanced telemedicine and telehealth systems to improve access to quality healthcare for rural and medically-underserved populations. Students in health care programs may participate also.
The training has two parts:
A self-paced online component
(3 – 5 hours to complete). Successful completion will earn you either a Certificate as a Telemedicine Clinical Presenter (CTCP – for those with clinical training) OR a Certificate as a Telehealth Coordinator (CTC – for anyone working in a health care setting) through the National School of Applied Telehealth. This is a pre-requisite for the on-site component.
A hands-on component
(3 hours-see below the session is offered twice at the MATRC Summit). Successful completion will earn you the Certification as either a Telemedicine Clinical Presenter and Technology Professional OR a Telehealth Coordinator and Technology Professional. Provides basic competencies in using and troubleshooting state-of-the-art technologies: videoconferencing technology and medical peripherals in the clinical setting; and installation and operation of remote patient monitoring equipment in the home setting. CTCP graduates will have the skills to correctly and confidently present patients during virtual encounters with physicians and other specialists.
- CTC graduates will have the skills to correctly and confidently coordinate virtual encounters with physicians and a variety of specialists.
The Southside Telehealth Training Academy and Resource Center is operated by the New College Institute, located in Martinsville, Virginia, in partnership with the University of Virginia Center for Telehealth at UVA Health System.
“Partial funding for this program is made possible by the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority (VHWDA) by grant T55HP20285 from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the VHWDA or Department of Health and Human Services nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.”
Thanks to all who attended the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center Summit! We had a great time on “Mr. Doe’s Wild Ride”!
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The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced the results of its 2012 Health Information Technology (IT) Assessment survey that shows Virginia’s national leadership in telehealth initiatives. It also documents faster broadband speeds across the Commonwealth and an increase in adoption rates of electronic health records by Virginia physicians.
The annual survey identifies gaps in broadband access, trend data related to how gaps are closing, and how health IT initiatives are being developed in Virginia. Key findings from the survey conclude that Virginia has 54% of state hospitals have implemented telehealth services, which thrive in large academic health systems, including the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and INOVA. The national average is 42%.
Average broadband speeds have doubled since the first survey in 2010. Virginia-based physicians who have adopted an EHR system increased by 17% over last year.
The complete findings of the 2012 Health IT Assessment may be viewed online.
We learned a great deal about telehealth’s role in the near future with regard to the Affordable Care Act, how our continued innovation and collaboration will help all Virginians obtain the health care they need. Thank you to our speakers, our sponsors and each and every one of you who attended. See you next year! At right: Cynthia Romero, MD, Commissioner, Virginia Department of Health, speaking at MATRC Summit