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  • Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D.

    Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D.

To Skype or Not to Skype? Free and Low-Cost Alternatives

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1-Hour “On Demand” Training Webinar recording

Are you familiar with the risks and benefits of using Skype? Do you worry about the fact that Skype is not HIPAA-compliant? Curious about affordable Skype alternatives and augmentations now available?

As the field of telehealth grows, so do the expectations of consumers, insurers, professional associations, licensing boards and malpractice carriers. Join Dr. Marlene Maheu as she gives an update on the current risks and benefits of using Skype. Learn how to evaluate the range of different video platforms, and become more confident in your ability to protect yourself and your clients from unwarranted threats to privacy and confidentiality.

Webinar attendees will receive answers to these questions:

  • What is Skype-based healthcare?
  • Why use video as a platform for mental health care? Is it effective?
  • What is Skype? Is it a video platform or a social networking platform?
  • Is Skype HIPAA compliant?
  • What are “audit trails” and why are they important?
  • What is Microsoft doing to improve Skype’s HIPAA compliance?
  • What implications do Microsoft’s recent actions have for mental health professionals using Skype now?
  • Does insurance reimburse for Skype-based therapy?
  • What are the names of the 50+ video companies who clearly claim to be HIPAA-compliant?
  • Which technology features do mental health professionals need to deliver effective care?
  • What else do healthcare professionals need to know to be compliant with HIPAA regulations today?
  • How does email fit into the picture?
  • What does it mean to have a company sign a “Business Associate” agreement with you?
  • How do you get a company to sign a “Business Associate” agreement?
  • How does video interface with Electronic Health Record (EHR)?
  • What is the price range for HIPAA-compliant video platforms?

This program is designed for:

  • Counselors, Social Workers, Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Drug & Alcohol Specialists
  • Teachers and other Educational Professionals
  • Home Health Care Professionals
  • Medical Professionals such as Psychiatrists, Internists, Pediatricians, Gerontologists
  • Psychologists, Physicians Assistants & Nurse Practitioners

Webinar includes:

  • Webinar video recording
  • Presentation slides
  • Webinar handout

Required Reading

All required reading materials are included with this course.

Intended Audience

  • Counselors, Social Workers, Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Drug & Alcohol Specialists
  • Medical Professionals such as Psychiatrists, Internists, Pediatricians, Gerontologists
  • Psychologists, Physicians Assistants & Nurse Practitioners

Beginner Level Course

 

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