College unveils standards for telehealth and e-security

NEW standards for video consultations and information security have been released by the RACGP, giving GPs a framework to apply to the Medicare telehealth item numbers launched in July.

The college launched its new Standards for Video Consultations and Computer and Information Security Standards yesterday at the GP11 conference in Hobart.

In the absence of standards to abide by since the launch of the MBS items for telehealth, GPs had been advised by Medicare to simply ensure they were confident their method of delivering the service was capable of providing secure, reliable and private consultations.

RACGP Telehealth Standards Taskforce chair Dr Mike Civil said video consultations were a new form of healthcare delivery for general practices and the college standards would help GPs interpret the safety and quality issues.

“The RACGP welcomes the improved accessibility that video consultations are expected to deliver and these