TeleHealth & Medical Second Opinions
WHAT IS WATER ANCHOR TELEHEALTH?
Waters Anchor Telehealth is an integral part of Waters Anchor providing connected health, where devices, services, or interventions are designed around specific needs, health-related data is shared remotely, and care is delivered efficiently and proactively. Any clinical professional who has spoken with individuals and/or colleagues over the telephone has practiced a simple form of Telehealth. It is not a new role, although advances in technology allow providers to see, monitor, and/or care for persons remotely. Telehealth is not a specialty area in medicine; rather it is a delivery method to enhance health outcomes.
Waters Anchor will provide services and care successfully because of its ability to employ telecommunications and health technologies, such as audio, video, or data transfer across its facilities.
Why Telehealth Now?
Telehealth provides opportunities to enhance patient and provider satisfaction, reduce costs, and provide comparable or better outcomes. With the increased demand for healthcare services across the Caribbean region, Telehealth provides opportunities to harness the knowledge and skills of specialized experts and ultimately provides:
- Enhanced access to care options
- Chronic illness management
- Improved care coordination
- Reduced emergency department visits and hospital admissions
- Convenience/timeliness of care
- Greater opportunities to leverage expertise and for providers to practice within the scope of their license
- Reduced healthcare costs
- High levels of patient satisfaction
Where is Telehealth Practiced?
Telehealth practice areas include the home, healthcare centers, clinician’s offices, community-based settings, schools, post-acute and long-term care settings, correctional facilities, hospitals, nursing call centers, workplace settings, and mobile units. Telephone triage, remote monitoring, Telehealth consultation, and home care are the fastest growing applications. Telehealth systems allow monitoring of patient data and physiologic parameters, such as blood pressure, heart sounds, blood glucose, oxygen levels, respiratory peak flow, and weight measurements via a phone or Internet connection.
Waters Anchor Telehealth is specifically focused in the following clinical areas during 2020:
- Exercised Based Physical Therapy
- Exercised Based Occupational Therapy
- Interventional Pain Management
- Private Health Advisory
When is Telehealth Used?
Telehealth is employed when there is a need to deliver care remotely. It is a critical tool in order for Waters Anchor to carry out its mission and vision and specifically under the context of COVID-19. It can improve efficiency and access to healthcare. Appropriate team members can Telepresent a patient to a remote clinician for further assessment, evaluation, and treatment for non-emergent consultations, routine pre- and post-care and follow-up or outcome consultations.
How Does Waters Anchor Telehealth Work?
Waters Anchor Telehealth works through our HIPAA, Meaningful USE, and MACRA compliant digital health record, myHelo, that enables providers and patients a single system that works on any device in the world.
Licensure & Competencies
Waters Anchor Telehealth requires compliance with the Credentialing procedure as established in the Medical Staff Bylaws and Joint Commission International standards. Waters Anchor Telehealth providers must meet standards of care for safe, quality, and competent practice for Telehealth services by practicing within the Medical Staff Bylaws scope and credentialing standards of medical and nursing practice. Specific standards related to specialty practice areas are applicable to Telehealth, just as they are to in-person nursing care delivery.
Patient confidentiality and HIPAA requirements apply to Waters Anchor Telehealth. Specific privacy policies and informed patient consent are required for Telehealth encounters, just as they are for in-person care.
MEDICAL SECOND OPINIONS
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The Waters Anchor Medical Second Opinion Program has been built upon our strategic clinical partners in the United States and throughout the region. The purpose of the Medical Second Opinion (MSO) program of Waters Anchor is to provide information to the patient or the local treating physician so that an informed decision can be made in managing the patient’s healthcare needs.
Our Medical Second Opinion aims to provide an alternative, when possible, to traveling for care. However, should a patient travel for care to one of our strategic clinical partners, Waters Anchor can support the patient journey and ensure all arrangements are organized.
Our Strategic Clinical Partners