Digital House Calls:
Digital House Calls: A Step-by-Step Guide for Telemedicine Visits is a course for seniors and caregivers of persons with disabilities. It is a how-to training designed to increase access to virtual health platforms and to prepare the learner to maximize their telemedicine experiences.
This is a self paced course with repeatable lessons. Content includes lessons on technology set-up, medical and health readiness, privacy and security, troubleshooting basics, setting up the space for a virtual health visit, utilizing a patient health portal and more.
Each lesson includes direct links to further and more detailed video tutorials aligned with the content to support each learner's individual situation and needs.
When the course is completed, the learner will have an individualized readiness plan for before, during, and after a telemedicine visit. This readiness plan serves as the learner’s personalized guide to successfully connect them to their health care providers and to optimize their virtual medical and health experience.
This course is provided by BridgingApps, a program of Easter Seals Greater Houston. BridgingApps helps seniors, people with disabilities and caregivers use technology to enhance their lives. We invite you to explore the BridgingApps website and use it to research helpful apps and other technologies for your particular situation. Our website has our custom-built app search tool, a weekly newsletter, how-to videos, self-paced free classes, tips and tricks, hardware & accessories information and much more.
Who this course is for:
- Seniors, caregivers, and people with disabilities wanting to access virtual health and counseling services
BridgingApps, a program of Easter Seals Houston, provides the access, education, and resources needed to effectively use mobile, touch-based devices to help people with disabilities communicate, exceed educational goals, and reach their fullest potential. BridgingApps includes a website, app reviews by therapists and special education teachers, a custom app search engine, assistive technology labs, monthly in person meetings in Houston, Fort Worth, Rio Grande Valley and Austin, training options for parents, organizations and schools.
Because of the relatively recent appearance of mobile technology, evidenced-based data is only slowly emerging on how people with disabilities are effectively using mobile devices to improve skills and become more independent, yet we at BridgingApps see the impact of this technology on people's lives every day. For us, success is measured by a child who is nonverbal tells his mother “I love you" for the first time, a grandmother who proudly and joyfully texts with her grandson, and the teenager with Autism who lands his first job because he successfully uses his iPod Touch as his job coach. Creating opportunities to bring these successes to scale is and continues to be our goal.
DIGITAL TRAINER & VETERANS
Jana’s interest in technology began to flourish in high school when she produced school media. This lead her to Apple, where she delivered training as a Creative for nearly 10 beautiful years. Jana studied communication, technology, and emergency medicine through various programs. She also studied the Czech language at Charles University in Prague. Jana believe’s there is an incredible power within communicating and connecting to one another through modern technology. She has a passion to share skills and knowledge with others. Jana’s experience with assisting seniors with technology with Apple, often helping adults with their first Apple product, will be an asset to BridgingApps. Jana’s greatest passion is to guide those who may need more time and patience to learn. Jana is a proud veteran of the United States Army where she served as a combat medic in the Florida Army National Guard. While in service, it was her privilege to provide aid to fellow soldiers. Now as a veteran, it is an honor for Jana to reach out to veterans and their families with the services and programs that can improve their lives.
Jana’s current top 5 apps are Pinterest, Waze, Apple Music, Chik-fil-A, and the Camera app.
Cathy is a Registered Dietitian with a variety of both clinical and community-based professional experiences. She received her BS degree in Dietetics from Georgia Southern University and her MS degree in Nutrition with a Public Health emphasis from the University of Tennessee where she was a Maternal and Child Nutrition Traineeship recipient from the US Department of Health and Human Services. She has developed or implemented various nutrition and health related projects including a diet intervention project with breast cancer survivors, a weight loss and general nutrition curriculum for incarcerated adults, a literacy-based life skills training program for sheltered homeless adults, and lipid-lowering clinical drug trials for adults with high cholesterol. She brings her knowledge of food, nutrition, and health into her personal life with her joy for delicious food and her love for physical fitness. She has years of experience coaching children in a variety of team sports and with Odyssey of the Mind. Her work with medically involved children and their families in an Early Childhood Intervention Program and as a full-time caregiver for a cognitively and physically challenged family member sparked her interest in using mobile devices and apps as therapeutic and empowerment tools by increasing self-sufficiency, supporting independence, and helping with caregiver support.