ANNAPOLIS, Md. – ClearHealth Quality InstituteTM has put together a 15-member Telemedicine Accreditation Standards Committee to guide the telemedicine industry. “The development of our telemedicine standards will be an inclusive and transparent process,” said Doug Clarke, executive director of CHQI accreditation programs. The panel, comprised of a wide range of independent industry, clinical and consumer experts will develop a set of robust but workable standards to ensure safety, quality and value in telemedicine. In May, the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and CHQI announced a joint venture to develop a comprehensive set of quality and operational standards to promote the best practice of telemedicine. Alexis Gilroy, of the law firm Jones Day, and Dr. William Lewis of GlobalMed are co-chairs of the committee. Over the next few months, the committee will vet CHQI’s state-of-the-art telemedicine standards and develop a draft for public comment. Beta testing will begin in early fall, with the launch of its Telemedicine Accreditation Program by the end of the year. “This work will not only promote quality and value-centered telemedicine services and appropriate third-party reimbursement, but will offer patients and consumers important tools when considering care options,” said Gilroy in a statement.
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