How do you begin to set up telehealth services?
Since the term 'telehealth services' can refer to so many different activities, the best way to start is with a needs assessment.
This involves determining:
The next step is to look for collaborators and resources. Search for other programs that already exist in the state, or if partnering tertiary/specialty care hospitals are already involved in telehealth projects. Focus on other providers in the region. Telehealth programs benefit from economies of scale, so finding allies in the area will be beneficial. When it comes to employing IT staff, training new users, maximizing utilization of resources, and achieving buy-in for the project, there is power in numbers.
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