Telehealth Training during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Feasibility Study of Large Group Multiplatform Telesimulation Training

Brianna K. Brei, Sara Neches, Megan M. Gray, Sarah Handley, Mark Castera, Anna Hedstrom, Ravi D'Cruz, Sarah Kolnik, Thomas Strandjord, Ulrike Mietzsch, Christine Cooper, Jami M. Moore, Zeenia Billimoria, Taylor Sawyer, Rachel Umoren

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Abstract

Background: Video telehealth is an important tool for health care delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Given physical distancing recommendations, access to traditional in-person telehealth training for providers has been limited. Telesimulation is an alternative to in-person telehealth training. Telesimulation training with both remote participants and facilitators using telehealth software has not been described. Objective: We investigated the feasibility of a large group telesimulation provider training of telehealth software for remote team leadership skills with common neonatal cases and procedures. Methods: We conducted a 90-min telesimulation session with a combination of InTouch™ provider access software and Zoom™ teleconferencing software. Zoom facilitators activated InTouch software and devices and shared their screen with remote participants. Participants rotated through skill stations and case scenarios through Zoom and directed bedside facilitators to perform simulated tasks using the shared screen and audio connection. Participants engaged in a debrief and a pre- and postsurvey assessing participants' comfort and readiness to use telemedicine. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and paired t tests. Results: Twenty (n = 20) participants, five Zoom and eight bedside facilitators participated. Twenty-one (21) pre- and 16 postsurveys were completed. Most participants were attending neonatologists who rarely used telemedicine software. Postsession, participants reported increased comfort with some advanced InTouch features, including taking and sharing pictures with the patient (p < 0.01) and drawing on the shared image (p < 0.05), but less comfort with troubleshooting technical issues, including audio and stethoscope (p < 0.01). Frequently stated concerns were troubleshooting technical issues during a call (75%, n = 16) and personal discomfort with telemedicine applications and technology (56%, n = 16). Conclusion: Large group telesimulation is a feasible way to offer telehealth training for physicians and can increase provider comfort with telehealth software.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1166-1173
Number of pages8
JournalTelemedicine and e-Health
Volume27
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • distance learning
  • education
  • pediatrics
  • simulation
  • telehealth
  • telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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