In the press release announcing that Amwell has been awarded the first Accreditation for Online Patient Consultations, the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) also mentioned that more than 200 organizations have registered for the ATA program.
Launched in mid-December 2014, the ATA accreditation program recognizes U.S. healthcare entities that provide real-time, online consultations directly to the patient that meet specific standards. Designed by experts in the field, ATA’s Accreditation Program for Online Patient Consultations has been developed to establish standard criteria regarding the security of patient information, transparency in pricing and operations, qualifications and licensing of providers and clinical practices and guidelines.
In addition to providing consumers with a sense of security, ATA’s Accreditation Program for Online Patient Consultations provides benchmarks for organizations building an online practice, as well as reassurance for payers that the virtual services they are reimbursing are safe and of high quality.
“In an age where the average consumer manages nearly all aspects of life online, it’s a no-brainer that healthcare should be just as convenient, accessible and safe as online banking,” said Jonathan Linkous, CEO of ATA. “This program ensures that online healthcare services are following the necessary standards, guidelines and laws to provide safe care to American consumers.”
As part of its accreditation, Amwell will be clearly listed on SafeOnlineHealth.org, a resource to help consumers better understand telehealth services.