Boarding The Telehealth Train: Legal And Ethical Stops You Must Make

Lindsey McGuire, Temple University, USA

Theme: Professional development and mentoring

Program ID: SYM-01

Presentation: October 2, 2013 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Room: Jasperwood


The application of technology in the field of sport and exercise psychology is ever-expanding (Dielman, et al., 2010). When providing health or consulting services through electronic avenues, several legal and ethical considerations must be addressed. The Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) recently published an addendum to the Ethics Code, in which the 26th Standard was added, guiding its members toward best practices in the use of technology. Through this presentation, specific resources will be identified and discussed to assist members in following ethical practices for teleconsultation. Legal considerations including accessing, reviewing and interpreting telehealth state laws, regulations and guidelines will be discussed. Additionally, members will learn the applicability of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to teleconsulation for AASP members’ various employment settings and credentials. Relevant literature regarding the ethical use of electronic transmissions, telecommunication, and telehealth will be reviewed with specific focus on the application of these principles. The intention of this presentation is to assist members in taking the steps to bridge the gap between ethical guidelines and practice. Particular focus will encompass international and out-of-state consulting via electronic communication including the use of blogs, text messaging, email and video conferencing. A review of AASP’s 26th Ethical Standard will also be conducted, followed by a checklist of appropriate steps for meeting standards.

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