Telehealth Tuesday Articles, April 2024

The month of April gave us 5 Tuesdays and Telehealth Tuesday covered a broad range of topics from a Bill of Rights to Camera Phobia.

The common theme though, if you hadn’t picked up on it yet, is the holy grail of telehealth success: Creating Clinician Engagement.

While counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists have broadly embraced telehealth, primary care practitioners (especially in community health centers) are significantly more reluctant to “delivering care at a distance” citing all kinds of excuses to hide, in essence, their uneasiness with practicing their craft via video.

And with that attitude they are pretty much alone – urgent care physicians are increasingly offering virtual visits and access to specialty care via telemedicine has been offered by the academic medical centers since the mid 1990s.

But for every ailment there is a cure and if you are challenged with a low adoption rate of telehealth among your primary care clinicians, this set of articles should give you some good guidance.

Of course you can also always set up a call with me to discuss the best approach to overcome your care team’s objections to telehealth.

Enjoy your readings!

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The Virtual Care Bill of Patients’ Rights

In the summer of 2020, at the height of the Covid-19 health crisis, I developed the concept of a Patient’s Bill of Rights for Virtual Care. I felt it was time to revisit this idea and bring it to the fore again.

Setting the Telehealth Keystone: Clinician Engagement

This is the first in a series of articles on engaging clinicians in the delivery of care at a distance. Without Clinician Engagement, there can be no patient engagement, so getting this right is paramount to quality care.

Making Telemedicine Enjoyable for Physicians

Physicians’ full acceptance of telehealth is key to patient  satisfaction, patient experience, and patient outcomes. This article lays out a happy day telehealth scenario and a sample Bill of Rights for Telehealth Physicians.

Improving Clinician Satisfaction through Telehealth

Telehealth can be a great excuse for redesigning care delivery that is aimed at keeping clinicians happy, which in turns creates highly satisfied patients. This article explains what can be done.

Why Physicians Don’t Like Being on Camera

It’s quite amazing how four years after Covid many clinicians are still apprehensive when it comes to delivering care over video. And it’s not just the “experienced” physicians — the next generation often harbors similar reservations. This article outlines what can be done about it.