University of Pennsylvania and NAHC Collaborate on a National Survey Surrounding the Perception & Utilization of Telehealth Services Among Home Care Providers
January 26, 2015 10:51 AM
NAHC and the University of Pennsylvania have formed a partnership to conduct the first national survey that explores the perceptions of directors and direct service providers - e.g. social workers, registered nurse, and home health aides - on telehealth for chronic disease and/or depression care. The study, “Perception and Utilization of Telehealth Services among Home Health Care Agencies: A National Survey,” is currently underway.
The study was designed to gain participation from both agencies that have and have not adopted telehealth systems, as it is crucial to understand both perspectives and motivations for adopting and not adopting telehealth systems into home care settings.
Individual agencies will not be named in research reports or publications, and any identifying information will be changed to protect the confidentiality of the agency. Participation among home care agencies in this study is entirely voluntary, but will help NAHC and the University of Pennsylvania better understand the barriers of adoption of telehealth services for chronic illness and depression care.
A letter of support sent by NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris to Zvi D. Gellis, Ph.D., the Director of the Center for Mental Health & Aging at the University of Pennsylvania, states that:
“We look forward to collaborating with… the University of Pennsylvania to help us better understand the barriers of adoption of telehealth services for chronic illness and depression care among home health care agencies.
We admire the collaborative research that you have contributed over the past two decades in collaboration with home healthcare agencies on the aging population and believe that this current study will also add value to your important work. Your proposed study is both timely and critical because older patients lack access to care due to isolation or lack of transportation and telehealth services is one strategy to provide more efficient and effective coordinated care.”
NAHC has agreed to support the study by providing connections to member agencies across the country for the study’s proposed online survey and interviews. NAHC will share findings from this study as they become available in future issues of NAHC Report.