Teladoc Health, a provider of virtual care, today unveiled a partnership with Jefferson (Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University) to create the industry’s first academic telehealth fellowship program. The telehealth fellowship is already underway this fall semester at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), home of Sidney Kimmel Medical College, dates back to 1824 and today comprises 10 colleges and three schools offering 160 undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 7,800 students.
Telehealth Fellowship Program Overview
The telehealth-focused fellowship formalizes a training and education program to advance the field of telehealth by creating a specialized curriculum for those pursuing careers in telehealth. The educational partnership will support the fellows at Jefferson on a path to telehealth management similar in nature to public health training.
The program consists of two distinct components:
1. Led and held onsite at Jefferson Health
2. The Teladoc Health program: designed and delivery by Telehealth to impart insights about how virtual care is created, designed, and quality-assured. Teladoc experts will provide educational training on key leadership aspects of successful telehealth programs including driving consumer behavior, telehealth policy leadership and advocacy, software innovation, clinical quality oversight, and management.
As an organization at the forefront of embedding telehealth as part of the patient care experience with its JeffConnect program, Jefferson Health has vast experience delivering telehealth services in every department in the health system and addresses the experience from clinical, academic and program level perspectives. As digital communication continues to evolve, the organization recognizes the value of integrating modern technologies to more effectively coordinate care.
Educate the Telehealth Leaders of Tomorrow
“We recognized the benefits of telehealth and worked to establish a multidisciplinary program that addresses several modalities for patients to receive care when and where they want it,” said Judd Hollander, M.D., Senior Vice President of Healthcare Delivery Innovation at Thomas Jefferson University. “The next step is to educate the leaders of tomorrow to master telehealth so that we can keep providing the care that patients need, when and how they need it.”