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Telehealth 101 covers all the basics of telemedicine and includes a detailed guide to planning and starting a telemedicine program:

  • Telehealth Visits: What happens before, during, and after telehealth visits?
  • Responsibilities of the Provider and Presenter: What kinds of staff are needed on both sides of the camera? Why? Who does what? When?
  • Equipment: What is needed to examine patients via telemedicine?
  • Successful Programs: What makes them different?
  • Privacy Issues: What issues are unique to telehealth practice? To HIPAA compliance?
  • Reimbursement: What is required to secure reimbursements for telehealth visits?

Telehealth 202 covers business aspects in the planning process of beginning a telemedicine program:

  • Potential Applications
  • Legal Issues
  • Needs Assessment
  • Telehealth Program Proposal
  • Evaluation Process

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Public Health Foundation TRAIN National site that offers access to:

  • Quickly find and register for many courses listed on and participating TRAIN affiliate sites
  • Track your learning with personal online transcripts
  • Access valuable materials, course reviews, and discussions to improve your learning experience
  • Stay informed of the latest public health trainings for your area or expertise

The Public Health Training Network (PHTN) is a distance learning network of people and resources that takes training and information to the learner. PHTN uses a variety of instructional media ranging from print-based to videotape and multimedia to meet the training and information needs of the health workforce nationwide. Since 1993, PHTN has delivered nearly 1,000,000 training and information opportunities to health professionals in a variety of settings. Evaluation studies demonstrate that programs delivered through PHTN, and distance learning as a medium, are effective ways to update and enhance professional competencies. PHTN's success has stimulated state and federal agencies to produce training programs and to build their own capacity to meet the training and information needs of the health workforce through distance learning. State health departments are expanding their capacity, supporting field operations, and developing new training and information opportunities that address their unique needs. International partners are taking similar action and helping PHTN move toward realization of its long-term vision of a global network that will serve the training and learning needs of health practitioners worldwide.

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Computer Conferencing:

  • Andrusyszyn M; Iwasiw C; Goldenberg D. Computer Conferencing in Graduate Nursing Education: Perceptions of Students and Faculty. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
    1999 Nov-Dec;30(6):272-278.
  • Cartwright J. Lessons Learned: Using Asynchronous Computer-Mediated Conferencing to Facilitate Group Discussion. Journal of Nursing Education 2000 Feb;39(2):87-90.
  • Cummings JA; Bonk CJ. Facilitating Interactions Among Students and Faculty via
    Web-Based Conferencing Systems. Human Services Technology 2002, 245-265.
  • Grieg L; McLuckie J; Payne F; Williams B. Collaborative Learning at a Distance: Electronic Conferencing in the Professional Training of Preschool Education Specialists. Journal of Technology in Human Services 2002, 19(1):25-43.
  • Weedman J. Conversation and Community: The Potential of Electronic Conferences for Creating Intellectual Proximity in Distributed Learning Environments. Journal of the American Society for Information Science 1999 Aug;50(10):907-928.

Distance Education in Academic Programs for Health Professionals:

  • Anders RL. See You Online: An Evaluation of an Online Nursing Distance Education Course. Nurse Educator 2001 Nov/Dec;26(6):252-258.
  • Blonna R; Shapiro PJ. Learning at a Distance. Health Promotion Practice 2001 Jul;2(3):198-202.
  • Billings DM; Ward JW; Cooper LP. Distance Learning in Nursing. Seminars in Oncology Nursing 2001 Feb;17(1):48-54.
  • Cartwright JC; Menkens R. Student Perspective on Transitioning to New Technologies
    for Distance Learning. Computers Informatics Nursing 2002 Aug;20(4):143-9.
  • Delaney G; Lim S; Yang SC; Sturmberg JP; Khadra M. Challenges to Rural Medical Education: A Student Perspective. Austria Journal of Rural Health 2002;10,168-172.
  • Freeman VS; Tijerina S. Delivery Methods, Learning Styles, and Outcomes of
    Physician Assistant Students. Physician Assistant 2000 Jul;24(7):43-44, 47-48, 50.
  • Graveley E; Fullerton JT. Incorporating Electronic-Based and Computer-Based Strategies: Graduate Nursing Courses in Administration. The Journal of Nursing Education 1998 Apr;37(4):186-188.
  • Iwasiw C; Andrusyszn MA; Moen A; Ostbye T; Davie L; Stovri T; Buckland-Foster I. Graduate Education in Nursing Leadership Through Distance Technologies: The Canada-Norway Nursing Connection. The Journal of Nursing Education 2000 Feb;39(2):81-6.
  • Kovacich J. Electronic Classrooms for Interdisciplinary Team Building. Rural Health
    1995 Mar/April;17-18.
  • Larsen LS; Logan CA; Pryor SK. Redesign of Clinical Nurse Specialist Role Course for Distance Education: Development, Implementation, and Outcomes. Clinical Nurse Specialist 2003 Jan;17(1):25-33.

Distance Methods for Continuing Education and Training of Health Professionals:

  • Bove LA. Computer-Assisted Education for Critical Care Nurses. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America 2001 Mar;13(1):73-81.
  • Duchek MC. Reengineering Nursing Information: Technology Across a Health Care System. Aspen's Advisor for Nurse Executives 1999 Jul;14(10):7-12.
  • Pullum JD; Sanddal ND; Obbink K. Training for Rural Prehospital Providers:
    A Retrospective Analysis From Montana. Prehospital Emergency Care 1999 July/Sept;3(3):231-238.
  • Bitterman JE; Schappert J; Schaefer J. Overcoming Remoteness in CME Video teleconferencing: "I Want My MD TV". Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions 2000 winter;20(1):7-12.
  • Sauer J. Dig the New Breed: Leveraging the Power of Video Content. EContent 2003 Mar;26(3):44-49.
  • Campbell J; Smith G; Tronsgard BA; Waddell DL. Video Conferencing for International Collaboration. The Practicing Midwife 2000 Oct;3(9):42-43.
  • Abram S. Information Trends. Information Outlook 2003 Feb;44-45.
  • Straub K. Telemedicine, Education and Administration Meetings are Among North shore Health System's Videoconferencing Uses. Health Management Technology 1997 Apr:55-56.
  • Townsend T. Collaboration, Internet Style. Health Management Technology 2001 Oct; available at:
  • Whitten P; Davis N; Ford DJ; Speicher R; Collins B. Comparison of Face-to-Face Versus Interactive Video Continuing Medical Education Delivery Modalities. Journal of Continuing Education in Health Professions 1998;18:93-99.
  • Cronin C; Cheang S; Hlynka D; Adair E; Roberts S. Videoconferencing Can Be Used to Assess Neonatal Resuscitation Skills. Medical Education 2001;35:1013-1023.
  • Maetz HM; Walton W; Smith M; Lincoln R; Galvin M; Tryon C; Hayden C; McMacken M; Ring K; Potts L; Edmondson J. "A Satellite Primer on Tuberculosis:" A Collaboration in Distance Education. Journal of Public Health Management Practice 1998;4(5):46-55.
  • Bernhardt JM; Runyan CW; Saada IB; Felter EM. Implementation and Evaluation of a Web-Based Continuing Education Course in Injury Prevention and Control. Health Promotion Practice 2003 Apr;4(2):120-128.

Distance Technologies and Clinical Teaching:

  • Chang BL; Trelease R. Nursing Informatics. Can Telehealth Technology Be Used for the Education of Health Professionals? Western Journal of Nursing Research 2001 Feb;23(1):107-14.
  • Marrow CE; Hollyoake K; Hamer D; Kenrick C. Clinical Supervision Using Video-Conferencing Technology: A Reflective Account. Journal of Nursing Management 2002;10, 275-282.
  • Rodriguez JW. Technology in Clinical Education: A New Method of Conducting
    Clinical Site Visits. Journal of Physical Therapy Education Spring 2002;16(1):69-75.
  • Wolfer TA; Carney M; Ward J. Acquiring and Implementing Videoconferencing Technology to Enhance the Field Work Experience. Journal of Technology in Human Services 2002;19(4):43-63.

Patient Education:

  • Cesta TG. On-line Education, Support is Winning Combination. Patient Education Quarterly, available online at:
  • Faulkner K; McClelland L. Using Videoconferencing to Deliver a Health Education Program to Women Health Consumers in Rural and Remote Queenlands: An Early Attempt and Future Plans. i (2002) 10, 65-72.
  • Kinross L. Technology Breaks Down Barriers. Exceptional Parent Magazine 2000 Jun:56-60.
  • Kreisler A; Kiernan NE. Using Distance Education to Educate and Empower Community Coalitions: A Case Study. International Quarterly of Community Health Education 1997-98;17(2):161-178.


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