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American Telemedicine Association Launches Online Telemental Health Course

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>PRWEB.COM NewswireWashington, DC (PRWEB) June 20, 2014

Delivering Online, Video-Based Mental Health Services is a new course now available through the Learning Center of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA). Created by leaders in mental health and telemedicine, the course covers the essential components to successfully plan and implement an online mental health service. Continuing education credits are available for those completing the course.

Peter Yellowlees, MD, MBBS, Director of Informatics, UC Davis Health System, and ATA board member, shows enthusiasm regarding the new online web course, stating that it is "an essential resource for any provider who desires to treat patients using telemedicine."

The course covers a multitude of areas such as the history, evolution, models of care and benefits of telemedicine. In addition, the course provides a detailed overview of telemental health and online service delivery models and instructs participants on how to develop an online mental health service or practice by outlining essential infrastructure and technology components for getting started. Legal, regulatory, and ethical considerations when delivering mental health services online are also included. Finally, reimbursement strategies, clinical, administrative and technical best practices for delivering online video-based mental health services and tactics on how to best plan and respond to patient emergencies in an online setting are covered.

University of South Florida Health (USF Health) will provide continuing education credits for the online course, including credit for physicians, psychologists, as well as Florida-licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, and mental health counselors.

The ATA Learning Center was launched last year and features an array of educational products. Through the ATA Learning Center, members and non-members may access web tutorials, recordings of annual conferences, webcasts and educational courses such as Delivering Online, Video-Based Mental Health Services. For more information and to access the course, visit: http://www.americantelemed.org/education-meetings/ata-learning-center#.U58SfXZAdeB.

About the American Telemedicine Association
The American Telemedicine Association is the leading international resource and advocate promoting the use of advanced remote medical services. ATA and its diverse membership works to fully integrate telemedicine into transformed healthcare systems to improve quality, equity and affordability of healthcare throughout the world. Established in 1993, ATA is headquartered in Washington, DC. For more information, visit http://www.americantelemed.org.

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