Telemedicine: Is This the Next Real Innovation in Health Care Delivery?

Telemedicine has continued to grow as a unique way of delivering care to patients, while greatly improving access, reducing cost and positively impacting quality. Despite this staggering increase in users, there are still some barriers preventing its widespread use including technological, financial, and legal obstacles. Dr. Tuckson will discuss current challenges of integrating telemedicine into health care systems and the potential impact of telemedicine on improving health care quality, access, equity, and affordability.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to

  1. Describe barriers to integrating telemedicine into health care systems and to its widespread clinical application
  2. Discuss the positive impact of telemedicine on health care quality, access, equity and affordability
  3. Review ambulatory applications of new telemedicine modalities, including wearable technologies, to improve health

Faculty Listing
Reed V. Tuckson, MD, FACP
Managing Director, Tuckson Health Connections, LLC;
Chairman, Board of Directors, ViTel Net, LLC;
Immediate Past President and Board Member, American Telemedicine Association
Sandy Springs, GA

Disclosures of Relevant Financial Relationships
In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial SupportSM, OptumHealth Education requires all those involved in the development of activity content to disclose their relevant financial relationships. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if such person (or their spouse/partner) has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services are discussed in the activity content over which the individual has control.
OptumHealth Education ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

Faculty Disclosure
Reed V. Tuckson, MD, FACP has reported the following: American Telehealth Association, Inform Genomics, LifePoint Health, ViTel Net, LLC (Advisory Board); UnitedHealth Group (Consultant).

Activity Planners
Sarah Chart, RN
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

Tina Rydland, PharmD
Crystal Clear Rx
Denver, CO

V. Silverstein, MD
Eagle Creek Medical Communications
Durham, NC

Activity Planner Disclosures
Drs Rydland and Silverstein have indicated that they have no relevant financial relationships.
Ms Chart and Ms Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.

Reviewer Disclosures
To ensure fair balance and avoid bias, the content for this activity has been reviewed by an independent medical expert with no relevant financial relationships.

Method of Participation
There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this activity.
For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.

Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the activity, which includes the following:

  • Completing the entire activity
  • Completing the Pre- and Post-Activity Assessments, Activity Evaluation, and Application for Certificate of Credit forms

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Method for Calculating CE Credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Accreditation Statement
Joint Accreditation LogoIn support of improving patient care, OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Credit Designation Statements
Physicians
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Nurses
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse Practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Case Managers
The Commission for Case Manager Certification has approved this program for a maximum of 1.00 clock hour(s) for Certified Case Managers (CCM). (Please reference the 10th Annual Medical Director Forum when contacting CCMC to claim credit for this activity.)

Pharmacists/Pharmacy Technicians
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour(s) ([0.1] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.00 contact hour(s).
Unique Activity Number(s): 0860-0000-16-026-H01-P/0860-0000-16-026-H01-T

Attendance
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Provided By
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education.

Commercial Support
No commercial support was received for this activity.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians and other health care professionals who are interested in health and wellness.

This activity consists of recorded presentations from the "10th Annual Medical Director Forum" held in Las Vegas, NV on November 3, 2016.

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacist
  • 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technician
  • 1.00 AMA
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 Attendance
  • 1.00 CCMC - General
Activity opens: 
12/12/2016
Activity expires: 
12/12/2018
Rating: 
0

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacist
  • 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technician
  • 1.00 AMA
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 Attendance
  • 1.00 CCMC - General
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