Connected Care: Telehealth & Digital Health Innovation


  • College of Health Professions

Institute of Emerging Health Professions

Degree Earned

  • Certificate

Program Length

12 months

Program Type

  • Online

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Name: Shruti Chandra, MD, MEHP
  • Program Director, Digital Health, Institute of Emerging Health Professions
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

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Course Descriptions & Objectives

This course takes a deep dive into telehealth and connected care. It explores the different technologies, applications within healthcare, and components of creating a telehealth program. It also explores the technical, regulatory, legal, and practical aspects to conducting a telehealth visit. This course prepares the learner to successfully conduct, evaluate, and advocate for telehealth within their own organizations.

By the end of the course, the learner will:

  • Describe telehealth and its corresponding technologies.
  • Define the applications, benefits, and challenges of telehealth delivery.
  • Understand the various roles within a telehealth team.
  • List and employ common telehealth technologies with technical and operational proficiency.
  • Describe general setup, physical exam, and troubleshooting tips during telehealth encounters.
  • Identify the ethical, legal, and regulatory considerations of telehealth.
  • Summarize programmatic issues and ways to improve system.

Course available for 40.50-40.75 CE credits

This course will expose students to the various types of data streams that exist within healthcare, and common ways in which healthcare data is stored and harnessed by clinical informaticians. The course explores common methods for evaluating different types of healthcare data (Clinical, EHR, Imaging) and successful ways that analysis of healthcare data have been integrated into clinical practice. Lastly, the course describes the various analytical methods used in healthcare data and which methods are most effective given a clinical question, as well as relative strengths/weaknesses between different methods.

By the end of the course, the learner will

  • Describe data science and its corresponding health data streams.
  • Define the applications, benefits, and challenges of applying data science approaches to healthcare, particularly telehealth.
  • Understand and apply the numerous tools available for data science and the potential to incorporate within a telehealth encounter.
  • List and employ common data science strategies in healthcare.
  • Describe the creation of a pipeline to incorporate different data streams for advanced analytics.
  • Identify the ethical, legal, and regulatory considerations of incorporating different forms of data into healthcare/telehealth.
  • Summarize programmatic issues and methodologies to incorporate data science into clinical decision support for telehealth.

Successful innovators in digital health are challenged to enhance the delivery and management of healthcare services, while improving patient care and providing wider access to quality affordable care. To successfully develop and implement the next generation of digital health innovations, intra/entrepreneurs require a number of foundational skill sets. This course introduces students to the key business and legal tools required for establishing a digital health program, product, and/or service, and examines the critical issues confronting innovative clinicians. We will explore different business models in digital health and outline the legal/business tools required to establish a startup through the lens of emerging case studies. These include creating a robust intellectual property (IP) portfolio with licensing and IP-centered contracts, raising capital, hiring talent, obtaining FDA and CMS approval, and navigating HIPPA and data privacy laws. The course is geared for healthcare professionals seeking to broaden their knowledge in this rapidly changing and exciting field, and will position them to launch a startup or institutional program.

By the end of the course, the learner will:

  • Develop entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial skills, and use business and legal tools to develop, launch, and monetize a new telehealth or connected care program within a healthcare institution.
  • Understand the economics of US digital health models of delivery and opportunities for disruption.
  • Explore business models for digital health, and describe metrics and approaches for validation.
  • Learn about the realities of founding a company or working at an early stage startup.
  • Examine how to create a digital health IP portfolio that maximizes intellectual capital.
  • Discuss founder equity, liability, and tax issues, together with protective legal tools.
  • Learn how to fundraise for healthcare innovation and how to manage talent hiring and retention.
  • Determine the pathway toward FDA approval of a medical device or therapeutic.
  • Implement privacy protections required for data streams used for EHR and advanced analytics.