American Board of Telehealth

The American Board of Telehealth promotes a gold standard for professionals and paraprofessionals to learn best practices for implementing and using telemedicine across the care continuum. Our goal is to weave telemedicine into the fabric of health care delivery across the country as a vital tool in promoting access to quality care no matter where the facility is located.

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What We Do

The American Board of Telehealth is promoting a strategic vision for the advancement in telehealth education.

Our approach:

  • Education and training to validate the knowledge needed to succeed in the field.
  • In-person and online learning opportunities developed with telehealth experts from across the care continuum.
  • Provide high-quality, evidence-based education while addressing common misconceptions about telehealth.
  • Create engaging discipline-specific and specialty-focused telehealth content.
  • Encourage life-long learning and professional development.





Learning the Art of Telemedicine

By Kelly Rhone, MD, FACEP

The practice of medicine has long been known for lifelong learning. As we continue down the path from student to teacher, we understand more that we will always have to continue to learn and adapt to new knowledge, new treatments, new diseases and new technology. Even as we become the teacher, in many respects we will always be students to continue to give the best care for our patients.

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  • "We’ve gone from almost no telehealth services to engaging with our patients routinely through telehealth. And, everything is changing so fast we need to know that we’re doing it right. Thankfully, ABT’s Telehealth Certificate Program will provide the right education at the right time so we can focus on caring for our patients."

    Christina Durbin, Spectrum Health

  • "Numerous fires in California coupled with the pandemic have spurred the need to be agile and increase the use of telehealth services. ABT’s certificate program provides the framework to pivot quickly and ensure patients are getting the care that they need, when they need it."

    Digital Patient Experience Team, Sutter Health

  • "The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) is proud to endorse the American Board of Telehealth’s Telehealth Certificate Program. ABT’s Certificate Program is the gold standard for telehealth education, leveraging the Delphi methodology validated by Harvard’s Medical Physician Faculty Group."

    Ann Mond Johnson, CEO, the ATA

  • "ABT’s Telehealth Certificate Program provides highly-credible, relevant, and meaningful education providers urgently need to equip them with real-world telehealth knowledge and expertise. It will also provide patients with confidence and peace-of-mind to know that their healthcare provider is delivering high-quality, convenient and secure care, keeping them engaged in their health and connected to their provider."

    JJoseph C. Kvedar, MD, President, the ATA; Professor, Harvard Medical School; Senior Advisor, Virtual Care, Mass General Brigham; and Editor-in-Chief, npj Digital Medicine.

  • "I am very impressed with the ABT Telehealth Certificate Program’s timely, relevant and applicable curriculum. It’s very professional, offers CME for our physicians, and is clearly based in real-world expertise."

    James T. McElligott, MD, MSCR – Medical Director, Center for Telehealth, Medical University of South Carolina

  • "A key telehealth lesson learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is that provider readiness and training are critical success factors to enterprise rapid program growth, consistent quality and financial sustainability. ABT’s Telehealth Certificate Program is impressive as it’s clearly grounded in real-world experience."

    Richard S. Bakalar, MD – Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, VitelNet

  • "Our patients count on us to protect patient privacy, bill accurately, and provide the highest quality of care. Our goal is to deliver the same value of health care to our patients through telehealth as we do in person. ABT’s Telehealth Certificate Program – with its curriculum validated through Harvard’s Medical Physician Faculty Group – provides the highly credible, comprehensive, and relevant information our clinicians today need to provide health care from a distance."

    Cari Hollis, LPN, CIR, CTA – Director, Telehealth, Access & Engagement, LifePoint Health

  • "Our clinicians are dedicated to the best patient care possible and want the best telehealth education possible. ABT’s gold standard Telehealth Certificate Program is exactly what we need. We can receive CME accredited telehealth education conveniently from our desktops."

    Kristopher L. Brenner, DO – Divisional Chief, Primary Care/Virtual Care, Spectrum Health

  • "Our providers are focused on providing high-quality care through telemedicine. They are relying on us to help navigate this rapidly changing landscape and keep best practices accessible to enable virtual optimization. ABT’s Telehealth Certificate Program aids in removing barriers for providers and will help us experience sustain engagement that will also drive increased patient utilization."

    Amanda Reed, MHA, – Director, Operations, MedNow, Spectrum Health

  • "The CORE Concepts in Telehealth Certificate Course provides a new and needed approach to preparing providers to utilize distance care technologies effectively. The course focuses on practical solutions to common problems, and those who constructed it share the lessons learned from undoubtedly extensive experience."

    Joseph P. McMenamin, MD, – Principal, McMenamin Law Offices, LLC

  • "Our project goal is to establish the gold standard for medical providers delivering telehealth throughout the country by providing high quality, evidence-based education in the field. We are excited that through this program we’ll be able to move from being a world-leading provider of telehealth to teaching this discipline to a national audience"

    Deanna Larson – CEO Avera eCARE

  • "Since 2008, the Helmsley Charitable Trust has placed a priority on supporting projects that help ensure equal access to high quality health care, especially in rural areas. eCARE helps us achieve this mission in many ways. We know that educating medical professionals will impact the lives of patients, both today and in the future. In partnership with Avera, we’ve been able to powerfully move telehealth forward as a health care delivery method."

    Walter Panzirer – Trustee of the Helmsley Charitable Trust

About the Helmsley Charitable Trust

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting exceptional efforts in the U.S. and around the world in health and select place-based initiatives. Since beginning active grant making in 2008, Helmsley has committed more than $2.2 billion for a wide range of charitable purposes. Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program funds innovative projects that use information technologies to connect rural patients to emergency medical care. The program brings the latest medical therapies to patients in remote areas, and provides state-of-the-art training for rural hospitals and EMS personnel. To date, this program has awarded more than $400 million to organizations and initiatives in the upper Midwest states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa and Montana. 

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