A Comprehensive Analysis of the Importance and Implementation of Telehealth Behavioral Services in Rural Areas & Schools


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According to Nebraska Legislation, telehealth is defined as using exchangeable, electronic medical information to aid a health care practitioner in both the treatment and diagnosis of a patient (Nebraska Revised Statute 71-8503, n.d.). Behavioral examples of such diagnoses include Autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, developmental delays, Tourette’s syndrome, anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder, behavioral issues, and speech/language problems. These services can originate in a patient’s home, school, or any other location allowing for the acquisition and storage of medical information, which is then evaluated by a health care practitioner at a different location. Telemonitoring is a part of telehealth, consisting of the remote monitoring of biometric data, vital signs, or other aspects of physical health collected by a monitoring device that transmits data to the health care practitioner. These monitoring devices can consist of many different remote styles of usual medical equipment, including otoscopes and stethoscopes, that allow for health care practitioners to perform the routine aspects of physical visits.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction
II. Disparities of Mental Health in Rural Communities
a. School Settings
b. Class Attendance
c. Limited Resources Available
d. Current Utilization of Telehealth
e. Ease of Referral for Early Diagnosis and Treatment
f. Customizing care
III. Logistical Issues
a. Limited Resources
b. Travel Time & Out of Classroom Time
c. Lack of Transportation
d. Scheduling Conflicts
e. Service Areas Not Supportive of Behavioral Health
f. Lack of Specialized Services
IV. Benefits of Telehealth
a. Schools Can Provide Health Care Regardless of Locations
b. Serves all Populations
c. Assess Current Gaps in Service Area in Rural Nebraska
d. Assess Current Telehealth Resources Available in Nebraska
V. Policy and Protocol Development
a. Develop State Policy and Standard of Care
b. Establish Best-Practice Guidelines
c. Establish Protocols
d. Identify Informed Consent Procedures
e. Assess Training Needs for Schools About Behavioral Health Services
VI. Service Set-up
a. Develop Project Plan for Nebraska Schools
b. Best Technology and Equipment Including Hardware & Equipment
c. Develop Service Area with Support from the State of Nebraska

e. Technological Reliability & Room Setup
VII. Reimbursement
a. Medicaid Programs and Insurance Reimbursement
b. Minimal Cost to Schools
VIII. Evaluations
a. Program Evaluation
b. Establish Pilot Programs
c. Develop Assessment Tools
d. Medicaid Evaluation



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