3. Telemental Health Technology 2.0 CME
This activity has been approved for 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Practitioners who acquire the knowledge that empowers them to choose and implement the right technology have greater satisfaction and produce better outcomes for their patients.
Telemental health is the use of electronic means or technology to provide mental health services by any mental health discipline. It is not a separate medical or mental health service. It is simply a different means through which a practitioner can deliver services that have historically been delivered in person in the mental health field. Telemental health is discipline neutral, meaning that all mental health disciplines can use the technology modality to provide services.
The research into telemental health has consistently shown it to be an effective delivery system for mental health services. Some studies have even found that telemental health services may be preferable to in-person care in certain populations and situations. Children, adolescents, and veterans in particular, seem to especially benefit. Telemental health is NOT the be-all and end-all in the delivery of therapy. Nor is it for every patient or every practitioner. Clearly, there are limitations. The limitations may be driven by a particular practitioner’s level of skill or confidence in treating certain cases online.
The demand for mental health services has dramatically increased and, with advances in technology and current health concerns, the use of patient care at a distance has also increased. All age groups and all diagnoses have shown an increase in the need for treatment. Any practice that is planning to integrate telemental health services owes it to themselves and their patients to chose the right technology to accomplish their goals. This involves acquiring and incorporating accurate and relevant knowledge about the technology and what it can accomplish in your patient care setting. The goal of this course is to provide that knowledge to support your telemental health technology implementation decision making.
This CME course is brought to you using a “virtual classroom” that can be accessed 24/7/365 on any device connected to the internet using any network. Once enrolled it will never leave your account and will be updated as needed.
* CME credits for this course provided by The Medical Society of Maryland – AACME Certified CME Partner
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