Allied Health Best Practice Guide for Telehealth
Telehealth is the practice of healthcare, education and consultation through telecommunications technology. This may include telephone, text, app-based systems and video conferencing. Telehealth is also referred to as telepractice, telemedicine and telerehabilitation. AHANZ has adopted the term telehealth to be used when referring to this practice.
This practice is well recognised internationally and nationally. AHANZ recognises the benefits to health care and education through telehealth and supports this model of service delivery.
The position of AHANZ on telehealth practice in New Zealand, is that best practice principles must apply. Clinicians working with clients and whānau using telehealth practices must abide by all ethical, professional and legislative requirements. This will include (but not be limited to) documents such as scope of practice documents; competency frameworks; ethical frameworks; health, safety, privacy and disability requirements; and codes of conduct. The clinician is advised to refer to these standards as set by their professional association and registering body.
AHANZ recognises that, while this is a growing model of service delivery in Aotearoa, it remains a developing field. AHANZ therefore recommends that all clinicians and services engaging in telehealth gain information and support on the resources required; education and ongoing supervision; privacy; confidentiality; and consent.
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