Accreditation The American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Designation Statement: The American Medical Directors Association designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AMDCP Credit Designation: This session has been approved for a total of clinical 1.0 credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).
Session Description: Older adults in assisted and senior living communities often have limited access to urgent and specialty medical care. Telemedicine is a rapidly developing health technology solution that is designed to improve patient access to diagnosis and treatments and has the potential to overcome this barrier to healthcare. As telemedicine continues to rapidly evolve, long term care providers will benefit from exposure to and understanding of successful telemedicine programs for older adults. This session presents case-studies from Health-E-Access, an innovative telemedicine program that serves older adults in assisted living communities. This exciting telemedicine program offers an alternative on-site care option for acute illness care to the assisted and senior living community dwelling of a long term care practice. This session will also highlight opportunities for and obstacles to the development of telemedicine programs in long term care practices. Participants will leave this session with practical insight into how medical care in assisted living settings can be improved through telemedicine.
Discuss the influential factors for the development of new telemedicine models of care for long term care settings.
Recognize opportunities to enhance urgent care in long term care settings through telemedicine
Describe current obstacles to development of telemedicine programs in long term care settings.
Speakers(s): Suzanne M. Gillespie, MD, RD; Dallas L. Nelson, MD, CMD
Disclosure(s): Suzanne M. Gillespie, MD, RD has no financial disclosures to report. Dallas L. Nelson, MD, CMD has no financial disclosures to report.
References(s): Wakefield BJ, Buresh KA, Flanagan JR, Kienzle MG. Interactive video specialty consultations in long-term care. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2004; 52: 789-793. Whitten PS, Mair FS, Haycox A, et al. Systematic review of cost effectiveness studies on telemedicine interventions. BMJ. 2002; 324:1434-1437.