Teladoc Health has partnered with the Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University to create the industry's first academic fellowship program in the field of telehealth. Having launched for the fall 2018 semester at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, the fellowship formalizes a training and education program to advance the field of telehealth by creating a specialized curriculum for those pursuing careers in telehealth.
"As virtual care has proven to be a cornerstone of the healthcare ecosystem, Teladoc Health is proud to be partnering with Jefferson to prepare the next generation of telehealth leaders for success," said Alan Roga, MD, president, Hospital & Health Systems, Teladoc Health. "With a shared commitment to deliver both a better patient experience and the highest quality care, together Jefferson Health and Teladoc Health are leading the industry forward and setting the bar for others to follow."
The educational partnership will support the fellows at Jefferson on a path to telehealth management similar in nature to public health training. There are two distinct components of the program; one led and held onsite at Jefferson Health, and the other designed and delivered by Teladoc Health. The Teladoc Health program will impart insights about how virtual care is created, designed, and quality-assured. Teladoc experts will provide educational training on key leadership aspects of successful telehealth programs including driving consumer behavior, telehealth policy leadership and advocacy, software innovation, clinical quality oversight and management.
Jefferson Health has vast experience delivering telehealth services in every department in the health system and addresses the experience from clinical, academic and program level perspectives. As digital communication continues to evolve, the organization recognizes the value of integrating modern technologies to more effectively coordinate care. According to recent data, of today's healthcare consumers, 70 percent are now interested in receiving a range of health and care services virtually.
"We recognized the benefits of telehealth and worked to establish a multidisciplinary program that addresses several modalities for patients to receive care when and where they want it," added Judd Hollander, M.D., Senior Vice President of Healthcare Delivery Innovation at Thomas Jefferson University. "The next step is to educate the leaders of tomorrow to master telehealth so that we can keep providing the care that patients need, when and how they need it."