WASHINGTON – Sunday, May 5, 2015 – The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has awarded its Accreditation for Online Patient Consultations to HealthLinkNow, Inc., a fully-integrated online network of psychiatrists and therapists providing mental health services across multiple states. HealthLinkNow is now one of only two companies to receive this accreditation out of the hundreds of applicants that have registered. ATA made this announcement in front of over 6000 attendees at the ATA Annual Conference held in Los Angeles May 5-7.
The ATA accreditation program recognizes U.S. healthcare entities providing real-time, online consultations directly to the patient. Designed by experts in the field, ATA’s Accreditation Program for Online Patient Consultations has been developed to establish standard criteria regarding the security of patient information, transparency in pricing and operations, qualifications and licensing of providers and clinical practices and guidelines.
ATA’s Accreditation Program for Online Patient Consultations provides benchmarks for organizations building an online practice, and also provides reassurance for payers that the virtual services they are reimbursing are safe and of high quality.
“In an age where the average consumer manages nearly all aspects of life online, healthcare should be just as convenient, accessible and safe as online banking,” said Jonathan Linkous, CEO of ATA. “This program ensures that online healthcare services are following the necessary standards, guidelines and laws to provide safe care to American consumers.”
“Patients can book in to see a HealthLinkNow psychiatrist directly on the internet and having the ATA accreditation gives patients reassurance that they have access to quality care from us. We are the only online mental health company in the USA that has this accreditation and patients can be sure of seeing psychiatrists who use secure and private health IT systems.”.” said Barb Johnston, CEO of HealthLinkNow. “ATA’s Accreditation Program has set the Telemedicine industry standard for patient safety and service transparency. We are honored to be included in this accredited group.”
HealthLinkNow is honored to be listed on ATA’s SafeOnlineHealth.org as a resource for consumers, health organizations, and other interested parties seeking information about the appropriate use of Telemedicine and health IT systems to provide access to quality health care services.