At the recent Northeast Telemedicine Resource Center (NETRC) conference, many attendees learned how the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing worked with NuPhysicia to create what NuPhysicia CEO and founder Dr. Glenn Hammack called “the best telemedicine teaching laboratory in the USA.”
At the presentation “Infusing Telehealth Technology into Academic Healthcare Curricula,” speakers Jean DeMartinis, PhD, FNP-BC, Associate Professor; and Gabrielle Abelard, DNP, PMHNP-BC, Clinical Assistant Professor shared how they have successfully integrated telehealth seamlessly into their undergraduate and graduate curricula through an innovative Telehealth Training Laboratory. The lab is located at the UMass Center in downtown Springfield.
Four specially built observation stations allow faculty to privately evaluate and train clinicians in the art of practical telemedicine. These rooms connect to a range of patient-side units that convey two-way audio and video, plus hand-held scopes for direct examination, plus live stethoscope.
UMass Nursing has put this remarkable facility, that includes patient bedside carts, portable in-home suitcases, treatment room systems, and remote provider stations, to use in the most innovative practical nursing curriculum yet developed. It gives students real-world experience with clinical telemedicine, including live remote video examinations and use of a telemedicine-prepped electronic medical record.