What is Telehealth?
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines telehealth as the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support and promote long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Technologies include videoconferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications.
The Utah Addiction Center established a relationship and collaboration with Utah TeleHealth network to implement interactive videoconferencing technology for healthcare professionals.
This collaboration is called Visual Training and Educational Clinics for Healthcare (V-TECH).
What is V-TECH?
V-TECH is a safe, confidential, educational learning environment where professionals can enhance their skill development through training and technical assistance on evidence-based and promising practices. V-TECH promotes ongoing professional development including coaching and feedback using interactive videoconferencing technology. V-TECH is used to improve the reach of providers and agencies in rural areas as well as across states.
V-TECH participants are organized into learning networks that:
- present cases,
- receive feedback from teams of experts,
- engage in active observation of peer participants’ role-play experiences,
- participate in an active learning and skill development experience, provide feedback and commentary from the trainer and one another,
- and learn from didactic education sessions.
Treatment is not provided during clinics. Participants are solely responsible for making treatment decisions.
V-TECH participants are provided with one FREE hour of continuing education units (CEU) per one hour of clinic attended (preapproved by NAADAC).
How Does V-TECH Work?
V-TECH clinics are supported by Acano, an interactive web-based technology. Acano is user-friendly and accessible from anywhere with an internet connection. Instructions on how to use Acano are provided to V-TECH participants prior to clinics.
The Utah Addiction Center has successfully used V-TECH to support many projects.
South Dakota Division of Behavioral Health Motivational Interviewing Project
Through the Central Rockies ATTC (Addiction Technology Transfer Center), V-TECH has been instrumental in assisting approximately 75 clinicians in South Dakota to develop and maintain their motivational interviewing skills. Behavioral health staff working in both corrections and community practice are participating in a state-wide motivational interviewing project from July 2015 through September 2017. The Motivational Interviewing Project includes:
- Level one: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing two-day, in-person workshop,
- Level Two: Intermediate Motivational Interviewing two-day, in-person workshop;
- Motivational Interviewing Training of Trainers (TOT) three-day, in person workshop
- Motivational Interviewing V-TECH Clinics
Following the in-person trainings, participants are organized into four different cohorts (10 people per cohort) that meet virtually, using V-TECH, each month to present client cases and receive feedback and commentary from the trainer and from one another.
The goal of this project is to prepare experts who can continue to guide and shape the practice of providers to sustain motivational interviewing. The Central Rockies ATTC is conducting an overall evaluation to provide information on implementation and assist in developing a sustainment plan.
Utah Dental Association On-Demand Training
Using V-TECH, the Utah Addiction Center partnered with the Utah Dental Association to create a two-hour, online training course "Improving Health: Screening for Substance Abuse in Your Dental Practice,”
Dental providers can:
- access the training on-demand, anytime
- electronically complete and submit the prescription pain medication in dentistry quiz,
- and receive a certificate of completion.
This training satisfies the continuing professional education for controlled substance prescribers in Utah.