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ATA Releases Three New Guidelines for Practice of Telemedicine

January 27, 2017
by Heather Landi
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The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has released three new guidelines for the practice of telemedicine for treatment of stroke, pediatrics and mental health for children and adolescents.

The practice guidelines are draft versions and public comments are due by February 20, 2017.

According to the ATA, the organization has developed practice guidelines and technical standards for telemedicine to help advance the science and to assure the uniform quality of service to patients. “These guidelines, based on clinical and empirical experience, are developed by work groups that include experts from the field and other strategic stakeholders and designed to serve as both an operational reference and an educational tool to aid in providing appropriate care for patients,” the organization stated.

The telestroke guidelines were developed to assist practitioners in providing assessment, diagnosis, management, and/or remote consultative support to patients exhibiting symptoms and signs consistent with an acute stroke syndrome, using telemedicine communication technologies.

The child and adolescent telemental health document provides clinical guidelines for the delivery of child and adolescent mental health services by a licensed health care provider through real time videoconferencing, or child and adolescent telemental health (CATMH).

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