Equitable access to telemedicine and other health care services is a challenge for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) because most clinicians are not aware of the unique health risks that exist for this population. As a result, the health conditions most likely to result in preventable illness and death are often overlooked or misdiagnosed.
This panel presentation describes health outcomes resulting from an innovative technology model and public/private partnership called Health Risk Informed Telemedicine (HRIT), comprised of three key elements designed to improve health outcomes for people with I/DD: online clinician education in I/DD health care, the use of web-based health risk-informed data, and I/DD-competent telemedicine supports.
Using case studies based on real-life telemedicine encounters, we will share HRIT outcomes achieved through this innovative approach. The impact on health equity, emergency room utilization and unnecessary hospitalization will be highlighted.