Children’s National Hospital has received Telehealth Accreditation from URAC for its commitment to promoting quality virtual health services for patients and families. Children’s National is the first pediatric hospital to receive this recognition.
“This accreditation demonstrates our hospital’s commitment to continually improving the delivery of care by leveraging best practices in virtual care,” says Clarence Williams, MHA, MBA, director of Telehealth at Children’s National Hospital. “We’re dedicated to using digital tools in support of improving patient outcomes.”
URAC’s telehealth accreditation recognizes organizations that provide telehealth services with a focus on the best medical outcomes and improved safety for their patients.
“By earning Telehealth Accreditation from URAC, Children’s National Hospital operates at the forefront of health care delivery for their medically fragile patients,” said URAC President and CEO Shawn Griffin, M.D. “Meeting URAC’s telehealth standards means Children’s National Hospital provides more than a platform for transaction-based appointments. It demonstrates that Children’s National Hospital leverages technologies to advance high-quality care that promotes clinical best practices, consumer protections and care continuity between patients and providers. As telehealth becomes a more widespread option, Children’s National Hospital distinguishes itself as an established, accredited organization committed to improving the health and well-being of the children they serve.”
The COVID-19 pandemic spurred a rapid increase in virtual care services and this accreditation is one example of the hospital’s commitment to quality and coordination of care, consumer protection and regulatory compliance, all while quickly expanding access through virtual care during a public health emergency.