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Telehealth and EMR Data

Telemedicine1. Telemedicine Software

2. Federation of State Medical Boards Telehealth Statement April 2014

The Federation of State Medical Boards statement on telehealth required that the medical record “should include, if applicable, copies of all patient-related electronic communications, including patient-physician communication, prescriptions, laboratory and test results, evaluations and consultations, records of past care, and instructions obtained or produced in connection with the utilization of telemedicine technologies.”

Additional information concerning privacy and security of patient records and exchange of information can be found in the referenced document.

3. American Telemedicine Association:  Practice Guidelines for Live, On Demand, Primary and Urgent Care

“Medical record and procedure coding should follow prevailing coding practices based on state and national guides such as the AMA Coding Requirements…Providers shall generate and maintain an electronic medical record (when feasible) for each patient for whom they provide remote care. All communications with the patient (verbal, audiovisual or written) should be documented in patient’s unique medical record on par with documentation standards of in-person visits.”

4. Store and Forward:

“When a patient and their provider do not have to interact in real-time, store and forward technologies may be a perfect solution. Using options that range from simple software to complex stand-alone devices that are integrated into an electronic medical record, digital images can be captured and then shared with the distant provider at a different location or at a later time.”

Other helpful resources:
American Telemedicine Association: Operating Procedures for Pediatric Telehealth
http://learn.americantelemed.org/diweb/catalog/item/id/1388858/q/q=elearning&c=96

These links are for research only. They are not endorsed by The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).

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