Advances in Medical Education and Practice
Telehealth is becoming a vital process for providing access to cost-effective quality care to patients at a distance. As such, it is important for nurse practitioners, often the primary providers for rural and disadvantaged populations, to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to utilize telehealth technologies in practice. In reviewing the literature, very little information was found on programs that addressed nurse practitioner training in telehealth. This article provides an overview of both the topics and the techniques that have been utilized for training nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner students in the delivery of care utilizing telehealth. Specifically, this article focuses on topics including 1) defining telehealth, 2) telehealth etiquette, 3) interprofessional collaboration, 4) regulations, 5) reimbursement, 6) security/Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), 7) ethical practice in telehealth, and 8) satisfaction of patients and providers. A multimodal approach based on a review of the literature is presented for providing the training: 1) didactics, 2) simulations including standardized patient encounters, 3) practice immersions, and 4) telehealth projects. Studies found that training using the multimodal approach allowed the students to develop comfort, knowledge, and skills needed to embrace the utilization of telehealth in health care.
Original Publication Citation
Rutledge, C. M., Kott, K., Schweickert, P. A., Poston, R., Fowler, C., & Haney, T. S. (2017). Telehealth and ehealth in nurse practitioner training: Current perspectives. Advances in Medical Education and Practice, 8, 399-409. doi:10.2147/amep.s116071
0000-0003-4919-1015 (Rutledge), 0000-0002-5099-8089 (Fowler), 0000-0002-9520-6583 (Haney)
Rutledge, Carolyn M.; Kott, Karen; Poston, Rebecca; Fowler, Christianne; and Haney, Tina S., "Telehealth and eHealth in Nurse Practitioner Training: Current Perspectives" (2017). Nursing Faculty Publications. 16.