As telehealth usage increases nationwide, accreditation is emerging as an important tool to ensure quality, safety and patient care, says Shawn Griffin, President and CEO of URAC, the nation’s independent leader in telehealth accreditation. Griffin will be a guest panelist discussing the present and future of telehealth at CTeL’s Digital Health Summit beginning virtually on June 16, 2020.
“Telehealth usage is booming in recent months, and now more than ever it is important to ensure virtual care delivers comparable quality to traditional services,” Griffin said. “I’m excited to be able to discuss these and other important topics with colleagues at the esteemed CTeL Summit.”
Griffin will share his insights during a general session entitled “The Future of Telehealth Education” on June 18. Other speakers during the session include Aileen Berquist, MPS, External Affairs Coordinator, Center for Telehealth & e-Health Law, Garry Carneal, JD, MA, President & CEO, Schooner Strategies, Tina Gustin, DNP, CNS, RN, Assistant Professor and Director of the Telehealth Research, Innovation, and Education Center, Old Dominion University, and Kristi Sidel, MHA, Director of Telemedicine Education, Avera eCARE.
The panel will discuss the importance of education in order to assure the quality of telehealth practices for recent medical school graduates, as well as the value of certification for the individual provider.
“I want to stress that, while achieving accreditation isn’t easy, even making the attempt will strengthen an organization,” Griffin said. “Accreditation is a cornerstone of advancing quality.”
For 25 years, the Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) has been the leading source of legal, regulatory, and policy intelligence for the telehealth community. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, vendor-agnostic research institute, CTeL’s research, summits and coalitions have forged the path for modern-day virtual care delivery. CTeL is committed to continuing their legacy of leadership as they work to make high-quality, accessible virtual care a reality for all.
Founded in 1990, URAC is the independent leader in promoting health care quality through leadership, accreditation, measurement and innovation. URAC is a nonprofit organization that uses evidence-based measures and develops standards through inclusive engagement with a range of stakeholders who are committed to improving the quality of health care. URAC’s portfolio of accreditation and certification programs span the health care industry, addressing health care management and operations, health plans, pharmacies, telehealth providers, physician practices, and more. URAC accreditation is a symbol of excellence for organizations to showcase their validated commitment to quality and accountability. URAC marks its thirty-year anniversary in 2020 by unveiling a new tagline as chosen by employees: “30 Years of Setting the Standard in Health Care."