Recent studies show that 60% of millennials prefer the convenience and privacy of online health care to traditional in-person care. At the same time, lack of access to healthcare remains a growing issue for rural and underserved communities. To address both trends, the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences is pioneering training in telehealth through a new graduate certificate program.
The Graduate Certificate in Telehealth is the first of its kind among health sciences colleges and is the only telehealth certificate available in the state of Kentucky. The program trains both graduate students and practicing professionals to be leaders in development, implementation and evaluation of telehealth models.
The Graduate Certificate in Telehealth is comprised of three 3-credit courses (nine total credit hours) offered across three consecutive semesters beginning summer of 2020. Enrollment is open to all students participating in a health care graduate program and to practicing health care professionals seeking to expand the services they offer.
Read more about this innovative program at https://www.lanereport.com/122201/2020/02/telehealth/
Milwaukee’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center offers telehealth services to veterans, with 90% of its providers participating in the program.
So far, only about 400 veterans have received care through this telehealth program, however with the high rate of participation among its providers, that number will grow quickly this year.
The program, like many other telehealth programs around the country, expands the reach of a clinic by offering virtual visits to people who live far away or are otherwise unable to physically go to the clinic.
Milwaukee’s WTMJ-TV did a spotlight segment on this program and interviewed a veteran who used to have to travel 30 miles for treatment, and who suffers from vertigo. He now uses his laptop to meet with his provider from the comfort and security of his own home, with great success. He appreciates not having to make the long drive and avoiding the anxiety of being in an unfamiliar environment. Watch this veteran’s story here: https://www.tmj4.com/news/local-news/new-program-offers-veterans-a-virtual-alternative-to-traditional-health-visits
In 2018 and 2019, the months of January and February both showed dramatic increases in Clocktree telehealth usage. These increases spiked during times when there were snowstorms in the Northeast and Midwest.
If you don’t already have a telehealth service available for your clients to meet with you via video, Clocktree is an easy, affordable option that can help reduce cancellations. Clients don’t need to download any special software or apps, and they can be connected with you on a video session within minutes.
Clocktree has a 90-day free trial, so you can use Clocktree for free to get you through the winter months before deciding if you’d like to subscribe to Clocktree’s service after 90 days. To get started, visit www.clocktree.com and click “Join for free”. Our Customer Care team is available at 302-990-8935 to answer any questions.
The Department of Veterans Affairs provided over 2.6 million telehealth episodes in Fiscal Year 2019, making it the largest telehealth program in the country. In addition to a 235% in video visits, there was a 17% increase in overall telehealth services over the previous fiscal year, according to new data released by the VA. During this time, more than 900,000 veterans accessed the agency’s telehealth services in a clinic or at home.
FY 2019 was the first full year of the VA’s Anywhere to Anywhere initiative, which enables care teams to treat veterans regardless of their location, including across state lines or outside a VA facility. The new program is particularly beneficial for veterans living in rural areas who would otherwise need to travel a considerable distance or across state lines to receive care.
Use of VA Video Connect, the agency’s video app, increased by 235% this year. More than 99,000 veterans used the app at home, eliminating a trip to the nearest VA facility. More than 200,000, or approximately two-thirds of the 294,000 VA Video Connect appointments this year were for tele-mental health visits.
Read more at Health Data Management: https://www.healthdatamanagement.com/news/va-reports-235-increase-in-video-telehealth-visits-in-fy19