Learn to use telehealth as an innovative healthcare tool

100% online | Self-paced & interactive | Begin anytime!

The Telehealth Foundations certificate course will provide you with a foundational understanding of telehealth as an innovative healthcare tool across multiple healthcare professions. While the tools of telehealth have been available for decades, this technology has been amplified and advanced during the pandemic. 

By completing this self-paced learning experience, you will learn about important historical milestones in telehealth delivery, ethical and legal considerations, relevant reimbursement regulations, and examples for best practices in the evolving landscape of telehealth.

Are you planning to engage in telehealth as an individual or as a member of an integrated healthcare team?
Are you exploring or designing a telehealth program to meet the needs of your patient/client population?
Are you looking for an efficient, cost-effective way to increase your team’s overall knowledge about telehealth?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, take this course to establish your foundational understanding of the four chief telehealth modalities: Live Video, Store and Forward (asynchronous), Remote Patient Monitoring, and mobile health (mHealth), and how they may support your current practice.

This course demonstrates application and use cases from a wide breadth of expertise, including dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, social work, and speech-language pathology.
 

Designed to be flexible for the busy healthcare professional, this course is 100% online and asynchronous. Learners have up to 6 months to complete this course upon registration.

Each course module consists of: 

  • video presentations from industry experts
  • real-life use cases
  • interactive knowledge assessments.

Included in the course is a comprehensive, curated resource library of podcasts, articles, web resources, and literature offering learners a deeper dive into current telehealth practices.
 

Designed for health professionals, educators, administrators, and policy makers looking to expand their knowledge, scope, or practice in telehealth.  

  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Speech-language Pathology
     
  • Explain the forces that drive demands for telehealth.
  • Identify trends in telehealth workforce training.
  • Define terms related to medical ethics.
  • Recognize legal issues associated with the use or implementation of telehealth.
  • Compare and contrast fee-for-service and value-based-care.
  • Describe essential considerations when studying or researching telehealth practice.
     
  • Summarize the history of Live Video use.
  • Recognize different use cases for Live Video in healthcare.
  • Identify challenges and barriers to the use of Live Video.
  • Describe the hardware and software requirements for using Live Video.
  • Prioritize ethical considerations when deploying and using Live Video.
  • Discuss legal issues associated with the use of Live Video.
  • Explain reimbursement regulations pertaining to Live Video.
     
  • Summarize the history of Store and Forward.
  • Recognize different use cases for Store and Forward in healthcare.
  • Identify challenges and barriers to the use of Store and Forward.
  • Describe the hardware and software requirements for using Store and Forward.
  • Prioritize ethical considerations when deploying and using Store and Forward.
  • Discuss legal issues associated with the use of Store and Forward.
  • Explain reimbursement regulations pertaining to Store and Forward.
     
  • Summarize the history of Remote Patient Monitoring.
  • Recognize different use cases for Remote Patient Monitoring in healthcare.
  • Identify challenges and barriers to the use of Remote Patient Monitoring.
  • Describe the hardware and software required to use Remote Patient Monitoring.
  • Prioritize ethical considerations when deploying and using Remote Patient Monitoring.
  • Discuss legal issues associated with the use of Remote Patient Monitoring.
  • Explain reimbursement regulations pertaining to Remote Patient Monitoring.
     
  • Summarize history of mHealth.
  • Recognize different use cases for mHealth in healthcare.
  • Identify challenges and barriers to the use of mHealth.
  • Describe the hardware and software required to use mHealth.
  • Prioritize ethical considerations during an mHealth encounter.
  • Discuss legal issues associated with the use of mHealth.
  • Explain reimbursement regulations pertaining to mHealth.
     

General

$499
Group (15% off)
For groups of 3 or more individuals from the same organization:
Submit Group Rate Form to receive discount code to use at checkout.
$425
Clinical Placement Sites (20% off)
Current employees at institutions that take IHP students in a clinical teaching capacity
$399
Mass General Brigham (25% off)
Current full-time employees at any MGB entity
$375
Additional discounts available. See registration page.

Enrolling through CPD Portal
Once you click Purchase Course, you will be brought to the CPD Registration Portal. You will be asked to create an IHP username and password if you do not already have one. With an IHP account, you will have access to our learning management system, Desire2Learn (D2L) for this course and any future IHP Continuing Education offerings you may participate in. At the top of the CPD Portal at https://cpdcatalog.mghihp.edu/ click D2L to access the Learning Management System. Use your credentials to log in and find your course on the homepage.

Enrolling via Check or Purchase Order
Once payment is coordinated, an IHP username and password will be created and sent to your email address. Follow the steps outlined above to access your course.

Computer: You need access to a computer capable of running current software and web browsers. Anything that was new in the past three years should be fine. As a general guideline, your computer must be running Windows 10 Pro or Mac OSX 10.10 & Higher.

Some instructors send supplementary materials to their students on CD-ROM. Be sure to check with your instructor for additional hardware and software requirements, if any, specific to your course.

Internet Access: You must have Internet access capabilities. If you rely on your employer's Internet connection, be aware that firewall restrictions may exist that prevent you from accessing all or part of your course, using our online tools.

Web Browser: Latest Modern versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome.

Additional Software or Plug-ins: Depending on your course and instructor, you may have to purchase software (e.g., the SPSS statistics package for a statistics course). Also, many instructors post lecture materials online in various file formats (typically PowerPoint, Word or PDF files). To open these files, you will need the appropriate software or software viewer plug-in. We recommend purchasing Microsoft Office 2007 or higher, available through most software retailers at an academic rate of ~$200. However, you can also download the free MS Word and PowerPoint viewers from Microsoft. Also recommended is the free Adobe Acrobat PDF viewer.

For any questions or concerns regarding this offering or the registration process, contact us at:

Office of Continuing and Professional Development
Email: cpd [at] mghihp.edu
Phone: 617-724-6674

Learning Outcomes

Describe

Describe historical drivers of telehealth development.

Describe

Describe the current landscape of telehealth in the modalities of Live Video, Store and Forward, Remote Patient Monitoring and Mobile Health.

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Apply

Apply ethical principles to the use of telehealth modalities.

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Apply

Apply principles of reimbursement and regulations to telehealth programs

Strategize

Strategize how to implement telehealth in your own practice.

“My patients will benefit from my enhanced knowledge of Telepractice, especially now that COVID-19 has helped usher us into this modality. Once the crisis abates, I believe Telehealth is here to stay, and as such, it is my responsibility to be an effective Telehealth practitioner so that I can offer this to my patients.”

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Course Faculty

Learners will hear from an interprofessional group of contributors from Massachusetts General Hospital, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Veterans Administration (VA) Healthcare Boston, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Joslin Diabetes Center, ATSU Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, University of Southern California, University of Missouri Center for Health Ethics, and more.

Chief Physician Assistant Operations at Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine

Chief Physician Assistant Operations at Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine Harvard Medical School Attending physician and Director of Telemedicine Department of Emergency Medicine, Mass General Hospital

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine Harvard Medical School Attending physician and Director of Telemedicine Department of Emergency Medicine, Mass General Hospital

Continuing Education Credits

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In support of improving patient care, MGH Institute of Health Professions is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
 

 

MGH Institute of Health Professions designates this activity for 12.0 contact hours for nurses. The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

 

MGH Institute of Health Professions has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 12.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid until February 2025. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

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As a Jointly Accredited Organization, MGH Institute of Health Professions is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. MGH Institute of Health Professions maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 12.0 clock hours for continuing education credits.

 

Approved Continuing Education (ACE)

MGH Institute of Health Professions designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 12.0- Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

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