The folks over at the American Telemedicine Association had a very busy May. Not only did they unveil a new logo, but they have also published two new guidance documents.
The ATA is a non-profit organization made up of individuals, healthcare institutions, companies, and other organizations that are interested in promoting the deployment of telemedicine throughout the world. In addition to providing networking opportunities for its members, the ATA also publishes educational materials and operational guidelines that healthcare organizations and healthcare practitioners can use to effectively implement telelmedicine services.
New this month is The Core Operational Guidelines for Telehealth Services Involving Provider-Patient Interactions, which covers the fundamental requirements for providing healthcare services telemedicine technology between patients, practitioners, and other healthcare providers. The ATA also released The Guidelines for TeleICU Operations, which offers guidance for practitioners who provide assessment, medical intervention, continuous monitoring and/or consultation to the critical care population using telecommunication technologies. Telemedicine is still quite new, and the standards and requirements are constantly changing. The ATA is a great source for the latest telemedicine news and thought leadership. It is a valuable resource for any healthcare organizations and healthcare practitioners that are either using telemedicine or interested in starting to offer telemedicine services.