What is Telehealth?
The Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) defines telehealth as, “the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health, and health administration. Technologies include videoconferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications.”
In today’s healthcare landscape, telehealth technologies help bridge the gap between patients and providers, ensuring patients can continue to receive the highest level of care even when they're unable to physically visit a physician.
How has COVID-19 Impacted the use of Telehealth?
Staying Safe and Cyber-Secure Through Telehealth
Using a secure platform
To help, “empower medical providers to serve patients wherever they are during this national public health emergency”, Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidance and enforcement discretion for organizations to be able to implement tools to provide routine care for patients with chronic diseases and high risk factors.
It's a necessity that telehealth be operated on a secure platform. Of the available communication platforms, only a select few are regarded as secure and appropriate for telehealth uses. As part of the guidance issued by the OCR, the following ‘non-public’ facing communication platforms have been approved for use during this time:
- Apple FaceTime
- Facebook Messenger video chat
- Google Hangouts video
- Facebook Live
- Chat rooms
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How to achieve compliance?
The security, policies, procedures, and enforcement required to adhere to HIPAA regulations and correctly implementing a telehealth solution can seem complex. That's why at HIPAA One, we've chosen to simplify these procedures and ensure complete compliance is easily attainable. HIPAA One offers various training courses that are created to address the proper use of information and how to prevent theft. The HIPAA One training includes details regarding what safety measures providers are recommended to apply. Disregarding HIPAA compliance may result in hefty fines because of PHI breaches. HIPAA One is here to help so you can easily achieve compliance and handle audits together.