The coronavirus has quickly pushed healthcare providers to offer remote and video visits. Here you will find resources to help you transition to using technology to deliver care.
- Guide to HIPAA-Compliant Technology During COVID-19
- Practice Guidance from the American Psychiatric Association
- COVID-19 Resources for Social Workers and Therapists
- Virtual Support Meeting Thursday Nights for Behavioral Health Professionals
The FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program has $200 million in funding to help health care providers provide connected care services to patients at their homes or mobile locations. The Program will provide immediate support to eligible health care providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by fully funding their telecommunications services, information services, and devices necessary to provide critical connected care services until the program’s funds have been expended or the COVID-19 pandemic has ended. More information and instructions on how to file an application for funding are available here: https://www.fcc.gov/covid-19-telehealth-program
Several phone companies are offering unlimited talk and extra data to improve access to telehealth during the pandemic.
- Sprint (Assurance): Unlimited talk and text and one-time (not monthly) offer of an extra 20 GB data in response to COVID-19; offered until 5/20/20. Go here: https://www.assurancewireless.com/
- Q Link: Unlimited talk and text and extra 5 GB data/month in response to COVID-19; offered until 4/30/20. Go here: qlinkwireless.com/blog/connection-america-top-priority
- TracFone (SafeLink): Unlimited talk and text and extra 5 GB data/month in response to COVID-19; offered until 4/28/20. Go here: https://media.tracfone.com/wps/wcm/connect/phones/safelink/covid
TELEHEALTH FOR PUBLIC BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES
The Maryland Department of Health has expanded the use of Telehealth Services in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Read the regulations for Telehealth here.