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Telehealth Education

In a June Good Notes blog, doctors Maia High Tower and Charles Saltzman discussed the era of telehealth which has been accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic. In an effort to release pressure on health systems, use of telehealth increased to ensure continuity of care for patients who didn’t feel comfortable visiting health facilities. Now, even as more patients return to seeing their healthcare providers in person, it is clear telehealth will remain an essential vehicle to providing care to the general population.

The students who participated in the first class with me were exceptional.  The fun part was working with them to think through ways  that technology can be used to solve healthcare access challenges facing both patients and providers in our current healthcare environment.  After learning about the general concepts behind Telehealth modalities, the students were divided up in to groups and given the task to work together to solve a specific problem and innovate on healthcare delivery.  The students came up with some great solutions.  Using the sound business principals learned in other U of U courses,  they were able to write a business case with strong justifications to support their ideas

 Creer is the lead instructor of a new course at the U put together by the Master of Health Administration program, the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Global Health–Health Sciences with support from University Connected Learning. The multi-professional team developed a comprehensive approach to telehealth education that includes a wide perspective covering legal, ethical, service delivery and financial aspects telehealth services. 

For those of us at University Connected Learning, it's wonderful when different departments come together because we can identify commonalities, shared goals and the needs of the students, and translate that into effective curriculum design,” said Deborah Keyek-Franssen, associate vice president and dean of Continuing and Online Education. “A course like this can seem like a complex build since it involved several different schools and programs. But for us, it all comes down to identifying those common needs and goals.

The course is listed as BMI 6050/MHA 6050 and will be taught every summer for BMI and MHA students. Given the success, we will sldo offer in a 3 day intensive course August 19 - 21 of 2021 

“In this ever changing landscape, the course is really great for all clinicians and healthcare administrators who want to think through new ways to support the patients they serve.  The magic behind this class is that it gives students a blank slate with expert directed guidance from current professionals across the U of U Health System, giving them relevant information to support them as they think through solutions and create a strong business case as to how technology can play a role in providing more access to care and better clinical outcomes. ”

Faculty and staff interested in designing an online course in their department can visit and click on “Learning Experience Consultations