Implementing Telemedicine in Clinical Practice

AASM telemedicine best practices

  • Identify a telemedicine platform that suits the needs of your practice1
    • Consider cost, hardware/software requirements, security, and user experience
  • Consult state regulations regarding telemedicine practice1
  • These may include regulations regarding1:
    • Provider-patient encounters
    • Telepresenter requirements
    • Informed consent
    • Out-of-state practice and licensure
    • Internet prescribing
  • Utilize adequate bandwidth and high-resolution video1,2
  • Ensure that both the provider and the patient are situated in quiet, private, HIPAA-compliant environments1,2

Applying AASM clinical standards to telemedicine

Mirror clinical care standards for telemedicine services to those of in-office visits, including clinical interview and use of validated scales, such as the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS).2-4

AASM, American Academy of Sleep Medicine; EDS, excessive daytime sleepiness; HIPAA, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.