TELEHEALTH MOVEMENT RAISES CONCERNS FOR THE QUALITY OF CARE
Time Spent with Patients:
With the development of Telehealth, there have been many proven benefits to this model of care over strictly face-to-face visits; such as efficiency and cost-effectiveness. However, a common concern that is brought up by both patients and providers is assuring that even though time spent with patients has decreased, the quality of care does not suffer (Young, Borgetti, and Clapham 2018).
“Telehealth Services Code of Practice”
Developed to provide parameters for ensuring a high quality to remote care-delivery (Botrungo, 2019). This code addressed maintaining ethical principles while providing Telehealth services, in hopes to establish guidelines and limits for healthcare professionals to keep the quality of these services as much as possible and limit risks
Monitoring patient WELL-BEING
A significant factor in upholding ethical practice includes caring for the well-being of the client. Healthcare professionals should be continuing to utilize all available resources, such as specialist referrals and interprofessional collaboration to ensure that the highest quality of care is offered and provided to patients (Cohn & Cason, 2019).
Continuing to keep implicit trust in healthcare providers that patient wellbeing will continue to be #1 priority