Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Hosted by: National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers


Presented by:

Telehealth Technology Assessment and Resource Center

• Doris Barta - Director

• Jordan Berg - Telehealth Technology Specialist




Telehealth Reading List

Over the past six months, most countries have introduced lockdown measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading through communities. The new restrictions have forced healthcare professionals, who are used to working with patients face-to-face, to adjust their practice to avoid the spread of infection.

The WHO defines telehealth as the "delivery of health care services, where patients and providers are separated by distance. Telehealth uses technology for the exchange of information for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries, research and evaluation, and for the continuing education of health professionals”.

Here are some useful resources and articles that provide information about the forms of telehealth and ways that you can use it in practice.

  1. Cochrane’s vision is a world of improved health where decisions about health and health care are informed by high-quality, relevant and up-to-date synthesized research evidence”. Part of quality health care is the ability to be flexible and responsive to situations. This Special Collection includes Cochrane Reviews on using telehealth to provide both patient and carer support.


  1. When working with people to reduce the harm from Noncommunicable diseases (NCD) it is vital that care is methodical, responsive and continuous. Unfortunately, as we all know, life can get in the way sometimes, and circumstances, often out with our control, can disrupt careful planning. Digital health can help reduce the negative impact of these disruptions. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have put together a useful factsheet that provides some examples of how digital health tools have been applied to NCD management.


  1. The World Health Organisation recognises the importance of moving with the times and using the rapid advances in technology to inform health care practice. Digital technology, harnessed in the appropriate way, can reduce the health inequity that is present around the world. In the words of Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization- Ultimately, digital technologies are not ends in themselves; they are vital tools to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable. This guideline provides recommendations for ways digital technology can be used as a tool alongside regular practice.


  1. Want a snap overview of some of the key issues in telehealth? The Addiction Technology Transfer Centre (ATTC) Network have developed a new Top Tips 8-part podcast series to support substance use disorder (SUD) treatment providers who are shifting to delivering care via digital methods.


  1. Addiction services around the world have had to change in response to the risks posed by COVID-19. For people seeking help for addiction-related issues, restricting face-to-face contact and connection with others can be a major obstacle on their road to recovery. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has put together useful guidelines to help healthcare providers working on the front line.


  1. Turning Point is a leading national addiction treatment, training and research centre in Australia. Turning Point could be considered experts in delivering telehealth care considering they have been running online and phone counselling services for over 30 years! This webinar provides some established telehealth tips, delivered by Turning Point clinicians with years of experience in this mode of service delivery.


  1. The transition to online care is not always smooth. For all professionals learning new skills there will be bumps along the way. In this qualitative study, the researchers interviewed clinicians who have started practising telemedicine, asking them to reflect on the benefits and downsides to delivering online support to people suffering from substance use disorders.


ISSUP Telehealth Telemedicine

Caring for Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Supporting Access to Telehealth for Addiction Services: Regulatory Overview and General Practice Considerations

The purpose of this document, which was put together by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), is to provide guidance to addiction treatment providers and programs on the regulatory and general practice issues related to the use of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This Clinical Guidance (“Guidance”) is provided for informational and educational purposes only. It is intended to offer physicians guidance regarding best practices in caring for and treating patients infected by COVID-19. 

Telehealth Learning Series for SUD Treatment and Recovery Support Providers

The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network, the Center for Excellence on Protected Health Information (CoE-PHI), the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers, and the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) at the University of Nevada - Reno (UNR) partnered to develop this new top tips series.

The 8-part top tips series has been developed for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment providers and peer-support specialists faced with transitioning their services to the use of telephone and videoconferencing methods in response to COVID-19 social distancing.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Hosted by: California Telehealth Policy Coalition


Presented by:

• Catherine Condon, Division Director, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, Marin County Health and Human Services

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Ponente Dra. Milena García

7 de agosto del 2020

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Telehealth use has increased 8,776%. Video conferencing and associated technology have been quickly implemented so healthcare providers could “see” patients in the safety of their home.

Telehealth Tips from Turning Point

In the shadow of COVID-19, telehealth has been pushed to the forefront of service delivery. Everyone is working rapidly to establish quality telehealth systems to replace face-to-face therapeutic encounters with clients.

But for some services, like Turning Point’s Directline, which began operations over 30 years ago, and Counselling Online, the 24 hour web- based counselling service for people concerned about their AOD use, the telehealth experience is ‘business as usual’. These services have an established history of connecting clients to health care providers. Both clinicians and researchers at Turning Point have demonstrated the utility of new technologies in the AOD service sector. It’s likely that the increased uptake of telehealth during COVID-19 will result in long-term changes to service delivery, including greater investment in telehealth so that we can continue to provide more innovative models of care for our clients in future.

Digital Health: A Strategy to Maintain Health Care for People Living with Noncommunicable Diseases during COVID-19

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the main cause of death and disability worldwide. Effective management of these chronic conditions depends largely on continuous, responsive, accessible, and quality services and successful patient engagement and self-management.

Digital health, and in particular telemedicine visits, electronic records, and electronic prescriptions, have already demonstrated having advantages in successfully ensuring continuity of care, especially when services are disrupted, as well as monitoring and evaluating interventions for NCDs.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Please join the California Telehealth Policy Coalition for a webinar focused on how mental health providers have turned to telehealth during COVID-19.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Hosted by: TexLa Telehealth Resource Center


Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

This webinar is part 5 of 6 about providing telemental health services. Presented by Sara Smucker Barnwell, PhD and sponsored by the Northwest ATTC.


Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

This webinar is part 5 of 6 about providing telemental health services. Presented by Sara Smucker Barnwell, PhD and sponsored by the Northwest ATTC.


Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez


This webinar is part 3 of 6 about providing telemental health services. Presented by Sara Smucker Barnwell, PhD and sponsored by the Northwest ATTC.


Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Hosted by: Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center


Presented by:

Sam Collins, MSc - Program Manager, University of Virginia Telemedicine

Kim Dowdell, MD - Medical Director of eConsults, University of Virginia



Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

This webinar is part 2 of 6 about providing telemental health services. Presented by Sara Smucker Barnwell, Ph.D., and sponsored by the Northwest ATTC.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

This webinar is part 1 of 6 about providing telemental health services. Presented by Sara Smucker Barnwell, PhD and sponsored by the Northwest ATTC.


Could a Telehealth Programme Improve Outcomes for Justice-Involved Women?

Evidence has shown that individuals released from prison are at greater risk of drug overdose in the first 2 weeks post-release compared to the general population. After a period of relative abstinence, the tolerance of people who use opioids is greatly reduced and, as a result, they are at particularly high risk of overdosing if they resume use.

In order to support this particularly vulnerable group of people, the National Institute of Health is developing a new telehealth intervention. To learn how to better prevent relapse and overdose, researchers are testing ways to connect inmates with community-based treatment and support services for OUD before they are released.  

Find out more about the project here