How can we maintain high-quality STI care delivery in the era of COVID-19?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sexually transmitted infection (STI) service providers have needed to adapt their practices in order to provide essential health services while protecting the health of patients and providers. To support clinics’ telemedicine learning, we partnered with Cardea Services and the Texas Infertility Prevention Project (TIPP) to launch an STI Services Telemedicine Technical Assistance ECHO series.
This four-part virtual learning series will provide a foundation for telemedicine basics for those who are new to the world of telemedicine, as well as real world experiences from agencies implementing STI telemedicine services in their communities.
Free Continuing Education (CE)
Cardea Services is approved as a provider of continuing nursing professional development by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
This activity is jointly provided by Cardea and UT Health San Antonio with funding by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Session slides & recordings
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Session 1: Telemedicine Basics in Sexual Health
Session summary: On October 7, Cardea and UT Health San Antonio launched the STI Telemedicine Technical Assistance ECHO to provide guidance and support for clinics and providers having to implement telemedicine at short notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Session didactics focused on: 1) Regulatory considerations 2) Clinical considerations for telehealth; and 3) Hardware/software support. The case presentation explored innovative solutions of Prism Health North Texas in launching telemedicine to maintain care delivery while keeping patients and staff safe.
Session 2: Staff Utilization & Patient Engagement in STI Services Telemedicine
Session summary: The October 29, 2020 session of the STI Telemedicine Technical Assistance ECHO included a presentation from the Houston Health Department on staff utilization and patient engagement. This was followed by a case presentation from the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.
Session 3: Sustainability, Billing & Coding in STI Services Telemedicine
Session Summary: The November 19, 2020 session of the STI Telemedicine Technical Assistance ECHO included a presentation from the Texas Medical Association on Sustainability, Billing & Coding in STI Services Telemedicine. This was followed by a case presentation from the Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinic.
Session 4: Program Goals & Measuring Success in STI Services Telemedicine
Session Summary: The December 10, 2020 session of the STI Telemedicine Technical Assistance ECHO included a presentation on telemedicine program goals and measuring success from Elizabeth A. Krupinski, PhD FSPIE, FSIIM, FATA, FAIMBE, Associate Director, Assessment, Arizona Telemedicine Program. This was followed by a case presentation from the Austin-based Kind clinic on its telemedicine expansion efforts.