As a total healthcare risk-quality-safety company, we at Clarity believe strongly in the power of learning to foster awareness that can drive changes that directly impact patient safety. As part of our unending commitment to enhancing patient safety, we regularly publish white papers on topics that impact all phases of healthcare.
Telemedicine is defined by the American Telemedicine Association (2012) as, "the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient's clinical health status. Telemedicine includes a growing variety of applications and services using two-way video, email, smart phones, wireless tools and other forms of telecommunications technology."
Due to advances in technology and a growing acceptance of its value, telemedicine is now a part of many healthcare systems and physician group practices. In this white paper, we discuss why it is important to create a culture of safety and implement an early warning system to track and manage risks associated with telemedicine.