Mobility Tool Kit Step 5B
Assess facilitators and barriers to interjurisdictional practice:
Practice across borders using technology
The session asks, “Is this an episode of The Jetsons or is this for real?” Learn how telemedicine/electronic practice is changing the landscape of health and mental health care and how technology affects policy regulators. Participants will explore how telehealth/electronic practice may be used in real world situations and explore the legal and licensure implications of using this method of service delivery in a clinical environment.
After completing this session, participants should be able to:
- Explain the principal variations of licensure requirements related to telehealth.
- Identify considerations that policymakers may contemplate as they develop and administer regulations related to telehealth practice.
- Explore possible solutions to the current regulatory challenges that regulatory bodies face with technology-assisted practice.
- Describe the ethical risks for social workers when working with patients/clients in a virtual environment.
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