Perhaps because we have covered the topic before, a cryptic email arrives from Malcolm Fisk, the driving force behind the development of the European Code for Telehealth Services, suggesting I consult the TeleSCoPE website and his Med-e-Tel presentation last week where “you’ll see a little announcement that indicates that things are moving forward”.
The website now includes a yellow box with the statement:
The framework for telehealth services to be assessed against the requirements of the European Code of Practice for Telehealth Services is being released on May 16th 2014. This follows collaborative work between the Telescope Partnership and DNV Healthcare. A four year cycle has been agreed that includes a Foundation Assessment followed by (mostly off-site) reviews and conformity checks. Accompanying the framework will be the new version of the Code by which the first tranche of services will become accredited.
…and the presentation includes, at the end, the statements that “we have a queue of telehealth services who want to be accredited; arrangements are in place for the training of assessors; first accreditations in May/June”.
In case any readers are unaware, we would add that the TSA already has a Telecare & Telehealth Integrated Code of Practice that has many companies accredited to it, especially telecare providers. We would further explain that the TeleSCoPE definition of telehealth includes both of what the TSA defines as telecare & telehealth.
Telehealth & Telecare Aware will be interested in hearing from the first organisation accredited, and how the organisation first to be accredited by both the TSA and TeleSCoPE compares the two assessment experiences.