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    Telehealth: Examples of Training and Expanding Access to Care

    As the availability and use of telehealth continues to expand, so does the need to better understand its impact on providers and patients.

    To better support our members, telehealth training and patient access were identified as areas for sharing best practices and lessons learned from telehealth programs across academic medicine.

    If you have questions or would like to share information about your program, please contact us

    Examples of Telehealth Training Across Academic Medicine

    University of Arkansas, Institute for Digital Health

    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Institute for Digital Health & Innovation developed a Digital Honors Track. The curriculum for medical students raises awareness of and competency in the use of digital technologies and platforms to improve patient outcomes throughout their degree attainment, residency, and career. Review the curriculum.

    Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals

    The Department of Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital offers a one- to two-year Telehealth Leadership Fellowship. The fellowship is designed to graduate telehealth researchers, program leaders, and future administrative directors.

    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

    The Frontiers in Telemedicine Certificate Course is a one-of-a-kind program that trains clinicians, students, and health professionals on telemedicine clinical procedures, technology, and business. This three-day course includes online modules, live lectures, a hands-on equipment demonstration, and a structured clinical exam.  

    Emory Healthcare

    The telemedicine program at Emory has developed a wide range of clinical guidance and education for current providers that are interested in using telehealth to provide care. Sample training guides are available to review:

    Expanding Access to Care Through Telehealth

    Educating the D.C. Community through HealthDesk

    HealthDesk, a collaboration between The George Washington University and Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, seeks to improve access to digital health solutions in underserved communities by educating residents on how to access the patient portal, use their mobile phone to improve health literacy through recommended health-related applications, and share curated health resources. Learn more about the program.

    Research on Urban and Rural Access to Telehealth

    Using data from the nationally representative AAMC Consumer Survey of Health Care Access, researchers from Fayetteville State University explore urban-rural differences in access to broadband connectivity and electronic patient engagement activities between 2014-2018. Their research describes disparities in telehealth use among rural communities, highlighting the impact of broadband access on patient health decisions. Access the AAMC Health Equity Call for Research awardees’ preliminary findings.