December 17, 2020, 5:39 pm News Staff — On Dec. 4, dozens of your Academy colleagues tuned in to hear AAFP Vice President and Chief Medical Informatics Officer Steven Waldren, M.D., and three fellow family physicians share their experiences and expertise in implementing virtual technology in practice.
Whether you managed to catch the live broadcast “How and Why to Grow Telehealth In Your Practice” or you weren’t able to participate at that time, you can now view a recording of the event ― available exclusively to AAFP members. Learn about the current state of telehealth use in family medicine and the likely road forward for the technology in primary care by accessing the webinar on the AAFP website.
Family physicians Stephen North, M.D., M.P.H., of Spruce Pine, N.C.; Karen Smith, M.D., of Raeford, N.C.; and Gail Guerrero-Tucker, M.D., M.P.H., of Thatcher, Ariz., join Waldren to offer insights on telehealth use in their respective practices and answer questions participants posed during the Dec. 4 session.
Like their colleagues across the country, the three FP guests have varying backgrounds in and previous experience with using this technology:
Webinar participants also will get an in-depth look at the AAFP’s new Telehealth Toolkit, a free resource that was developed in partnership with Manett Health.
The webinar is especially timely, Waldren told AAFP News last month, given that the pandemic has sparked widespread technological innovation and investment.
“All evidence points us to a future in family medicine which has virtual care as an important component of delivering care,” he said. “Members need to be thinking how they will incorporate telehealth in their practice as we emerge from this current pandemic.
“I am confident that health care will not be going back to pre-pandemic levels of low telehealth.”
The webinar is supported, in part, by a grant from Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. Inc.