This activity is appropriate for physicians in all specialties. Content may also be valuable to practice managers, consultants, or other professionals with an interest in trending issues related to U.S. health care.
Goals and Objectives
The increasing cost of healthcare has led to a national focus on improved healthcare quality and efficacy. Comprising more than 17% of the annual gross domestic product, per capita spending in the United States is more than double that of any other nation in the world. Despite these high expenditures, issues of healthcare access continue to dominate public health discussions. It is widely believed that healthcare information technology (HIT) such as telehealth/telemedicine could play an important role in achieving solutions to these problems by controlling costs, improving access, and simplifying communication and paperwork. This activity will highlight the use of telehealth/telemedicine as well as emerging care delivery models to address gaps in access to care. Upon completion of the activity, learners should be better prepared to:
- Identify and describe how the use of technology could be incorporated in their practices to bridge the gaps in access to care.
CME Release Date: April 22, 2019
Valid for credit through: April 22, 2020
Course type: Video lecture
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Southern Medical Association and Auburn University’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business. The Southern Medical Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Southern Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of .50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
ABIM MOC: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to .50 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.
To receive CME credit and/or MOC points, you MUST complete the activity and the evaluation form. For ABIM MOC points, your information will be shared with the ABIM through the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Please allow 6-8 weeks for your MOC points to appear on your ABIM records.
AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of .50 hours of Category I credit for completing this activity.
AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board. All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.
Instructions for Participation and Credit
To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:
- Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
- View the educational video of the lecture.
- Study the educational references.
- Online, choose the best answer to each test question. Learners must receive a passing score of 80%.
- Complete the activity evaluation and outcomes.
Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from email@example.com within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.
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Alexander H. Vo, PhD, currently serves as Vice President, Telemedicine and Health Innovations at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) where he leads the development of new telemedicine initiatives for both clinical and academic enterprises. Dr. Vo also leads the Department of Health Innovations, a division at UTMB that was founded to generate new health-related technologies cultivated from UTMB’s vast experience in clinical care delivery and biomedical research. Concurrently, Dr. Vo is chief executive officer (CEO) of Medical Branch Innovations, a wholly owned subsidiary holding company of UTMB tasked with technology commercialization. Prior to his current role, Dr. Vo served in a senior executive position as Vice President of Electronically Mediated Services at Colorado Access, a health insurance plan in Colorado, where he was subsequently promoted to CEO of three of its subsidiary companies.
The following individuals have stated that they have no relevant financial relationships occurring within the past 12 months to disclose.
Alexander H. Vo, PhD
Dianne B. Love, PhD
Waldon Garriss, III, MD, MACP
Jennifer Price, MA
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