Stony Brook Medicine is collaborating with the Reimagine New York Commission to develop a telehealth training program with the aim of developing, improving and maintaining the telehealth competencies of medical and behavioral health providers across the state.
The open-access continuing professional education telehealth training program, among the first of its kind in the country, was created in collaboration with the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center, with support from Weill Cornell Medicine, Cityblock Health and additional advisors.
“Since the start of the pandemic, healthcare professionals have done a heroic job of adapting to remote care — yet this adjustment has not been easy,” says Maurie McInnis, president of Stony Brook University and a member of the Reimagine New York Commission. “The commission has heard from medical providers across the state in search of more robust guidelines, best practices and training to ensure they can fully translate their high standards for care into the virtual world.”
The training portal is hosted and facilitated by NETRC and Medical Care Development, with help from the New York State Department of Health and Stony Brook Medicine. The portal will deliver training modules into the hands of care providers, giving them the information they need to develop connected care services that meet approved guidelines and address specific needs.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced legislation to expand and improve access to telehealth for all as part of his January 10, 2021 State of the State address.
“While New York State has been on the cutting edge of promoting telehealth for its residents, the adoption of telehealth by both patients and providers has been slow,” Governor Cuomo said. “New Yorkers have adapted throughout 2020, but it is time to push telehealth to the next level in New York State and fully integrate it into our existing healthcare system.”
Stony Brook Medicine was previously awarded nearly one million dollars in December by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the largest FCC funding of any hospital system on Long Island as part of the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program. The federal grant will help provide tablets, smartphones, a telehealth platform subscription and remote monitoring equipment to those in the community who need access to telehealth due to the ongoing pandemic.