New American Board of Telehealth to Oversee National Certificate Program, Educational Tracks to Advance Telehealth Best Practices in a High-Quality Care Delivery Model

Published on August 17, 2020

The American Board of Telehealth (ABT) is a new national entity created to improve and ensure the quality of telehealth by developing high-quality, evidence-based education in the practice of telemedicine. ABT is developing a new national certificate program and future CME-accredited educational tracks for virtual care delivery and telehealth integration.

“Telehealth is an emerging delivery model in health care. Training professionals on evidence-based practices will ultimately help ensure that patients can trust that the virtual care they are receiving meets high standards,” said Deanna Larson, CEO of Avera eCARE® and a member of the American Board of Telehealth.

Overarching initiatives for the ABT are education and training, as well as advocacy for the highest standards of virtual care delivery and telehealth integration. Its board of advisors includes telehealth experts with a broad range of experience in patient care, health care policy, business, technology and community service:

  • Judd Hollander, MD, Senior Vice President, Healthcare Delivery and Innovation, Thomas Jefferson University
  • Nathaniel Lacktman, Esq., Chair, Telemedicine & Digital Health Industry Team, Foley & Lardner, LLP
  • Ann Mond Johnson, CEO, American Telemedicine Association (ATA)
  • Karen Rheuban, MD, Director, Center for Telehealth, University of Virginia; Past President, ATA
  • Sy Saeed, MD, Director, Center for Telepsychiatry & e-Behavioral Health; Director, North Carolina Statewide Telepsychiatry Program, East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine
  • Roy Schoenberg, MD, President and CEO, Amwell
  • Brian S. Skow MD, MBA, CPE, Chief Medical Officer, Avera eCARE
  • Andrew R. Watson, MD, Vice President, Clinical Information Technology Transformation and Medical Director, Telemedicine, UPMC; Past President, ATA

The board and certificate program are supported by generous grant funding from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

CORE Concepts in Telehealth Certificate Program

The CORE – Clinical, Operational, Regulatory and Ethics – Concepts in Telehealth Certificate Program is being launched with the publication of validated telehealth competency development with Harvard Medical Faculty Physician Group. The curriculum includes seven online modules, taking the learner through interactive, engaging content and case scenarios.

The first certificate program is available beginning Sept. 7. This online, self-paced program provides a comprehensive curriculum enabling the learner to develop knowledge of telehealth concepts for successful implementation and delivery across a broad spectrum of service areas. The content is CME-accredited and is the gold standard of telehealth education in the health sector.

The certificate course is open to anyone and is appropriate for physicians, health care professionals, administrators, students, or others who are interested or involved at some level in telehealth.

“The ABT is promoting a gold standard for professionals and students to learn best practices for implementing and using telemedicine across the care continuum. Telemedicine is coming to center stage as an important tool in health care – today and in the future. We need to create training programs to support this goal, and that’s exactly what the American Board of Telehealth is all about,” said Judd Hollander, MD, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Delivery and Innovation at Thomas Jefferson University and American Board of Telehealth advisory member. “I and fellow advisory board members want to help telehealth reach its full potential as a high-quality, affordable care delivery model.”

The Helmsley Charitable Trust has also granted funding to develop the Helmsley Telehealth Education Center near Avera eCARE, a virtual health care solution that is part of Avera Health. The center, in Sioux Falls, S.D., features the latest technology for videoconferencing and teleconferencing, allowing for broad exchange of information and expertise. While the CORE Concepts course modules can be completed online, the education center will provide a site for other telehealth training and future ABT courses.

About the American Board of Telehealth

The American Board of Telehealth (ABT) is promoting a strategic vision for the advancement of high-quality, evidence-based telehealth education. The board is focused on providing education and training to validate the knowledge needed to succeed in telehealth and virtual care delivery. Education and certificate programs include in-person and online learning opportunities developed with telehealth experts from across the care continuum, as well as discipline-specific and specialty focused telehealth content.