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Jefferson and Teladoc Introduce First Telehealth Fellowship

November 12, 2018

PURCHASE, NY, Nov. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Teladoc Health (NYSE: TDOC), the global leader in virtual care, today unveiled a partnership with Jefferson (Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University) to create the industry’s first academic fellowship program in the field of telehealth. Having launched for the fall 2018 semester at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, the fellowship formalizes a training and education program to advance the field of telehealth by creating a specialized curriculum for those pursuing careers in telehealth.

“As virtual care has proven to be a cornerstone of the healthcare ecosystem, Teladoc Health is proud to be partnering with Jefferson to prepare the next generation of telehealth leaders for success,” said Alan Roga, MD, president, Hospital & Health Systems, Teladoc Health. “With a shared commitment to deliver both a better patient experience and the highest quality care, together Jefferson Health and Teladoc Health are leading the industry forward and setting the bar for others to follow.”

The educational partnership will support the fellows at Jefferson on a path to telehealth management similar in nature to public health training. There are two distinct components of the program; one led and held onsite at Jefferson Health, and the other designed and delivered by Teladoc Health. The Teladoc Health program will impart insights about how virtual care is created, designed, and quality-assured. Teladoc experts will provide educational training on key leadership aspects of successful telehealth programs including driving consumer behavior, telehealth policy leadership and advocacy, software innovation, clinical quality oversight and management.

As an organization at the forefront of embedding telehealth as part of the patient care experience with its JeffConnect program, Jefferson Health has vast experience delivering telehealth services in every department in the health system and addresses the experience from clinical, academic and program level perspectives. As digital communication continues to evolve, the organization recognizes the value of integrating modern technologies to more effectively coordinate care. According to recent data, of today’s healthcare consumers, 70 percent are now interested in receiving a range of health and care services virtually.

“We recognized the benefits of telehealth and worked to establish a multidisciplinary program that addresses several modalities for patients to receive care when and where they want it,” said Judd Hollander, M.D., Senior Vice President of Healthcare Delivery Innovation at Thomas Jefferson University. “The next step is to educate the leaders of tomorrow to master telehealth so that we can keep providing the care that patients need, when and how they need it.”

For more information visit Teladoc.com/businesses/health-systems/.

About Teladoc HealthA mission-driven organization, Teladoc Health, Inc. is successfully transforming how people access and experience healthcare, with a focus on high quality, lower costs, and improved outcomes around the world. The company’s award-winning, integrated clinical solutions are inclusive of telehealth, expert medical services, AI and analytics, and licensable platform services. With more than 2,000 employees, the organization delivers care in 125 countries and in more than 20 languages, partnering with employers, hospitals and health systems, and insurers to transform care delivery. For more information, please visit www.teladochealth.com or follow @TeladocHealth on Twitter.

About Jefferson Jefferson, located in the greater Philadelphia region and southern New Jersey, is reimagining health care and education to create unparalleled value. Jefferson is 30,000 people strong, dedicated to providing the highest-quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, preparing tomorrow’s professional leaders for 21st century careers, and discovering new treatments to define the future of care. Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), home of Sidney Kimmel Medical College, dates back to 1824 and today comprises 10 colleges and three schools offering 160 undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 7,800 students. Jefferson Health serves patients through millions of encounters each year at 14 hospitals and over 40 outpatient and urgent care locations throughout the region.

Media Contacts: Victoria Gavaza ReviveHealth 781-249-3738 vg@thinkrevivehealth.com

Gianna DeMedioJefferson Health Senior Media Relations Officer215-955-5507 gianna.demedio@jefferson.edu

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