Documentation is a key part of providing educational services to students (especially in the special ed world). So before signing up with any provider, you should ask if they have a system in place to track student services, reports, and monitor student progress.
Good point Lauren! Most free online video conferencing platforms (such as Skype or FaceTime) don’t have the security or encryption needed to provide HIPAA compliant sessions. So, you will need to ensure that you use a company that offers a private and secure meeting option.
What face to face platforms are HIPAA compliant? Aren’t the rules for HIPAA being loosened during this national emergency? Is that just RI? RI doesn’t say much about teletherapy so it is confusing. MA says you need a license from the state you live in (for me it is MA) and the state where your students live (for me it is RI)
Hi Dahlia, there are several online meeting platforms that offer private and secure sessions. Some of them include Zoom (paid version), GotoMeeting, and AdobeConnect. There are other options out there as well, but those are some of the more popular ones. The online meeting platform you utilize should have password protected meetings to keep your sessions private. The best practice is to talk to a representative at the company about your needs and confirm that the platform you choose has encryption and security measures in place to ensure that the online meetings are private…but in short the paid programs mentioned above typically meet those criteria. Free options, such as Skype and FaceTime do not offer the needed privacy for teletherapy sessions.