- A partnership between ATA and the ClearHealth Quality Institute (CHQI) aims to build national telemedicine accreditation standards that enhance telemedicine transparency, patient outcomes and safety, and regulation.
Under the partnership, ATA's Accreditation Program for Online Patient Consultations will be repositioned as the Telemedicine Accreditation Program (TA Program) and will be managed entirely by CHQI.
The TA Program will continue to promote patient safety, transparency of operations and adherence to all relevant laws as management transitions to CHQI. Under the partnership, the TA Program also will continue to recognize real-time, online patient health services which comply with operational, clinical and consumer-related standards.
"ATA's collaboration with CHQI further demonstrates our continued commitment towards protecting consumers, supporting effective telemedicine interventions, and building the highest integrity accreditation program,"stated Jonathan Linkous, CEO, American Telemedicine Association.
"ATA and its members are providing telehealth solutions that are improving clinical and financial outcomes for the populations they serve. The joint venture with CHQI – and the expansion of the online patient consultation program – ensures increased accountability, integrity and quality of programs and services being offered,” he said.
ATA’s involvement in the partnership will be helping CHQI draft and update the telemedicine accreditation standards throughout the following year.
CHQI is supported by a Board of Directors, along with several standards and accreditation committees. Volunteer experts representing different perspectives are included in each committee. The organization also takes an educational approach to promoting quality operations and charges reasonable accreditation fees.
"CHQI was formed, in part, to find new ways to update the traditional approach to accreditation in healthcare," shared Garry Carneal, JD, MA and former CEO of URAC now serving as Board Chair.
"Many opportunities exist to rethink and improve how health plans, providers, and others meet quality-based standards and performance benchmarks. Today, telemedicine services are not always easily or appropriately regulated due to the complexity of those operations. CHQI is dedicated to creating new pathways to establish national measurement-based standards for emerging solutions in the healthcare marketplace," Carneal stated.