Overview of telemental-health evidence base, terms, assessment and diagnosis, informed consent, licensure, privacy and confidentiality (HIPAA and HITECH as well as California Law), technology choices, malpractice insurance, patient selection, handling emergencies, and tele-supervision in the context of U.S. health care reform laws and predictions.
- Identify three ethical issues addressed by the telepractice evidence base.
- Name three legal issues related to telepractice and licensure.
- List at least two issues of relevance to multicultural and diversity awareness.
Consultant, trainer, author, and researcher, Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the TeleMental Health Institute, Inc., where she has overseen the delivery of professional training in telemental health to more than 5,000 professionals in 39 countries since 1994. She has focused on the legal and ethical development and use of technologies to better serve behavioral-health clients and patients. She has served on a dozen professional association committees and task forces related to telehealth. She consults and lectures internationally on the subject of best practices and risk management in the use of various technologies and has written dozens of peer-reviewed articles, was lead author of two telehealth textbooks, and is currently writing two more. She is a staunch advocate for technological change to reach more people, reduce health-care costs, and improve the quality of care via videoconferencing, self-help, wireless technologies, robotics, and telepractice.