SnapMD’s Tele-Technology Chosen to Serve as the Foundation of The University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science Telehealth Curriculum
The Virtual Care Management (VCM) software platform digitally simulates all phases of care for a virtualized medical clinic
Los Angeles, CA – July 11, 2018 – SnapMD, a full-service enterprise telehealth technology innovator and solutions provider, announced today that the University of San Diego (USD) Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science has selected the Virtual Care Management (VCM) telehealth platform as the foundation of its competency-based telehealth curriculum. For the course “Telehealth and Emerging Technology,” SnapMD’s full-stack platform provides a complete solution for students to experience real-time virtual visits with all the tools needed to manage and engage patients during the diagnostic, active treatment, and follow-up phases of care.
Telehealth has become a standard modality in healthcare and continues to innovate, connecting the care continuum and healthcare enterprise. To support this continued innovation, USD structured its telehealth curriculum around SnapMD’s VCM platform, as it offers a single suite of scalable enterprise software that gives providers all the tools needed to deliver virtual, high-quality, and coordinated care, as well as offering healthcare operators tools they need to manage their telehealth service lines. For increased experience and telehealth understanding, the Hahn School of Nursing built the Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advanced Practice, and Simulation. Within the Institute is the Dickinson Nursing Simulation Center (DNSC), a state-of-the-art facility that replicates hospital and clinic patient rooms. The DNSC is one of only six fully accredited simulation venues in California. The Institute also houses a patient apartment for on-site or virtual patient visits. The VCM platform then empowers students with hands-on training as they conduct and experience virtual visits for knowledge in telehealth etiquette and professionalism, skills to use remote patient monitoring tools, understanding of privacy/protected health information regulations, interprofessional collaboration for telehealth technologies, and more.
“Telehealth is an emerging area of healthcare that is shown to not only expand access to care but provide care at a lower cost. Many health systems are either implementing or readying to implement telehealth systems, which provide hands-on opportunities for our Health Care Informatics program graduates. By equipping our students with proper telehealth training through SnapMD’s VCM software platform, they will be better equipped to deliver care as they emerge as future nursing leaders,” said Dr. Jonathan Mack, director of the Health Care Informatics and Nursing Informatics programs.
“We are delighted to be able to partner with SnapMD to enhance the telehealth competencies in our graduate programs,” said Dean Jane Georges. “Healthcare in the United States is in a rapid state of change, and our graduates will be at the forefront of a technologically advanced healthcare system in which advanced practice nurses deliver primary care to the American people. Our graduates in advanced practice nursing and healthcare informatics will be well-positioned to take a leadership role in providing high-quality healthcare using telehealth capabilities. This partnership is an essential part of our ongoing evolution into a School of Nursing which provides cutting-edge opportunities for our students.”
SnapMD’s VCM platform includes all the features and functions needed to practice any form of medicine suitable for telehealth and was designed specifically for healthcare providers to launch a virtual medical clinic and robust digital exam room. The cloud-based VCM platform acts as a digital hub for scalable virtual care and consequently enables more efficient interaction between healthcare providers and patients with advanced scheduling capabilities, rules-based workflows, and single sign-on capabilities – simplifying and empowering the provider and administrator digital workflow experience.
“SnapMD is proud to work with USD Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science to give students real-world telehealth knowledge and virtual care experience,” said Dave Skibinski, president and CEO of SnapMD. “As a complete turnkey virtual medical center with fully integrated clinical capabilities, our VCM platform, paired with the school’s telehealth curriculum, gives students hands-on experience with digital exam rooms and electronic health records to ultimately enhance efficiency and patient engagement.”
For more information on SnapMD’s Virtual Care Management platform, visit www.snap.md.
SnapMD offers the leading enterprise-level Virtual Care Management (VCM) telehealth platform. The full-stack software solution enables healthcare providers to engage their patients via a comprehensive, secure, HIPAA/HITECH/COPPA compliant, cloud-based telemedicine platform with powerful back-end systems to manage the digital health care continuum. SnapMD offers the software and services that healthcare providers need to improve access to convenient and effective care. SnapMD’s robust, scalable, private-label VCM platform is designed to handle multiple service-lines and can be deployed as a single telehealth platform across the enterprise. For more information, please visit https://snap.md.
About The University of San Diego and the Hahn School of Nursing
The University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science and Beyster Institute for Nursing Research is the only nursing program in San Diego dedicated to graduate nursing education. The USD SON ranks in the top five percent of more than 700 graduate nursing programs in the country and has a rich heritage of providing innovative, successful programs, attracting a faculty of internationally recognized clinicians and scholars. The School pioneered doctoral nursing education in southern California and PhD and DNP graduates hold national leadership positions. In 2015, the USD SON opened the Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, a three-story, 30,000 square foot facility, dedicated to nursing research and clinical education. The Dickinson Nursing Simulation Center, which occupies the first floor, is one of only six such centers in California to earn national and international accreditation. The USD SON has graduated more than 2,600 nurses since opening in 1974.
The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.
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