MBA531: Telemedicine and Emerging Technologies

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Course Overview

This course focuses on preparing health care administrators to make decisions about existing and future information technologies and associated management issues. Students will explore how technology and treatment modality affect care, quality, and satisfaction in community hospitals, tertiary care centers, and clinics. Students will investigate a wide range of related topics including:

  • Specialty specific applications of telemedicine
  • Telemedicine system planning and management issues
  • Assessment of telemedicine
  • Legal and ethical issues and the development of technology standards

The course project is a Telemedicine Program Proposal: Describing a Telemedicine Program. The report will include the technology to be used, types of providers, issues and barriers, reimbursement plan, assessment model, and research areas that will be improved by the telemedicine program.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Discuss telemedicine’s role in the health care system.
  • Describe, compare, and contrast common telemedicine technologies and communication modalities.
  • Discuss emerging technologies related to telemedicine and the ramifications of rapid technological innovation and resulting obsolescence of legacy systems.
  • Explain the role of the consultant and patient presenter in a telemedicine session.
  • Compare and contrast various personnel configurations available to staff telemedicine systems.
  • Match communication specifications and requirements to various telemedicine systems and their specialties.
  • Given specific hospital characteristics, identify appropriate management structures for a telemedicine system.
  • Use two different procedures for analyzing the financial feasibility of investing in a telemedicine system given cost, use, and reimbursement data.
  • Discuss the potential impact of telemedicine use on patients, provider and patient satisfaction, cost, access, and quality of care.
  • Discuss the legal and ethical issues raised by providing health care via telemedicine.