Telemedicine: Addressing Barriers for Special Populations

Telemedicine: Addressing Barriers for Special Populations

Release Date: 10/09/2020
Expiration Date: 10/09/2022
Format: Enduring Online Material

Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, ambulatory clinic nurses, pharmacists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, and public health professionals.

Statement of Need

Telehealth covers a wide variety of technology-enabled exchange of health and care management information. Telemedicine is one aspect of telehealth that refers to the delivery of health care between patient and health care provider typically through video conferencing. Telemedicine can increase access to care, increase follow-up care, and reduce health care costs.

According to a 2018 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the number of telemedicine visits increased by 261% from 2015 to 2017. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the number of clinicians providing telemedicine visits has expanded exponentially. Older adults and people with disabilities accounted for a large majority of ambulatory clinical visits. Delivering telemedicine to these special populations presents some unique benefits and challenges that are experienced within the larger patient population.  This module will focus on these special populations.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the benefits and limitations of telemedicine. 
  • Identify ways to overcome barriers to successful telemedicine visits. 
  • Describe ways to gather information to augment telemedicine visits.  
  • Increase confidence in meeting patient needs via telemedicine and identifying when a higher level of care is needed. 

 

Faculty

Primary Faculty

Sarah Ross, DO, MS, CMD

Assistant Professor, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Departments of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics

Kim Higgins, DO, FAAFP

Hospice Physician, Physician Senior Services, PLLC

Consultants

Saamia Ahmed, MD

Assistant Professor, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Departments of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics

Brittany Love, DO

University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics

Instructional Designers

Brenda Wilson, MS, INCEDO
Donnell McKenzie, MEd, INCEDO

Disclosures

In accordance with the appropriate accrediting bodies, all planners, teachers, and authors with control over activity content are required to disclose to the provider any relevant financial relationships (those held by the planner or significant other, currently or within the last 12 months) with commercial interests. Accredited providers are required to provide this information to learners before the start of an activity.

The UNT Health Science Center INCEDO office planning team nor the subject matter experts have anything to disclose.

Accreditation Statements

CPE

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This knowledge-based activity has been assigned 0845-0000-20-062-H04-P and will award 1.0 contact hour (0.1 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit in states that recognize ACPE providers.

Statements of participation will indicate hours and CEUs based on participation and will be issued online at the conclusion of the activity. Successful completion includes completing the activity, its accompanying evaluation and/or posttest (score 70% or higher) and requesting credit online at the conclusion of the activity. Credit will be uploaded to CPE Monitor, and participants may print a statement of credit or transcript from their NABP e-profile. UNTHSC complies with the Accreditation Standards for Continuing Pharmacy Education.

Physicians

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to award continuing medical education to physicians.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 1.0 hours of AOA Category 1B CME credits. Approval is currently pending.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1.0 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ACGME Competencies

Patient care and procedural skills
Interpersonal and communication skills

IOM Competencies

Provide patient-centered care
Work in interdisciplinary teams

Interprofessional Education Collaborative Group

Interprofessional communication

Physical Therapy
Nurses

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This activity provides up to 1.0 contact hour(s). 

UNT Health Science Center is accredited by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, Provider 1810035TX.

This activity is approved for 1.0 CCU for PTs and PTAs. For successful completion, a participant must attend the program, complete the evaluation, and request credit online at the conclusion of the activity. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.

TSBSWE

This activity is approved for a maximum of 1.0 Clock Hours for Social Workers.

Licensed Professional Counselors

University of North Texas Health Science Center certifies that this meets the requirements for continuing education under Texas Administrative Code. This activity provides 1.0 CEU credits.

Certified Public Health Professionals

This activity is approved for 1.0 credit(s) accepted by the National Board of Public Health Examiners' Certified Public Health (CPH) recertification program.

Certificate of Attendance

The University of North Texas Health Science Center certifies this activity for 1.0 hours of participation.

Disclaimer

All information contained within this activity is intended for educational purposes only. Physicians and other health care professionals are encouraged to consult other sources and confirm the information contained in this site. No single reference or service can take the place of medical training, education, and experience. This website does not define a standard of care, nor is it intended to dictate an exclusive course of management. This information should not substitute for a visit or consultation with a health care provider.

Institutional Review Board

Data collected as part of this activity may be analyzed as part of educational research to study the effectiveness of interventions. This project is included under UNTHSC IRB protocol #2017-056.

Funding

This project is supported by grant funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number T1MHP39047. The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of the Health Resources and Services Administration or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. No commercial support was received for this activity.
 

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