Statewide Survey Report on Interest and Barriers to Telehealth Delivery of DSMES and National DPP in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Health wants to expand telehealth’s use for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) and National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) throughout Virginia. To reach that end, the Virginia Center for Diabetes Prevention & Education conducted a state-wide survey to better understand Virginia-based DSMES and National DPP program’s use, interest in and barriers around using telehealth for the delivery of any aspect of their program. There was a 97% response rate for National DPP providers, and an 80% response rate for DSMES providers across the state. The Key Findings for both populations are:

• Few programs in Virginia are using Telehealth to deliver the National DPP (8%) or DSMES (14%)

• A minority of the programs use mHealth apps to engage patients (22% DPP; 8% DSMES) and few DSMES used remote monitoring of blood glucose

• Lack of reimbursement and perceived cost of technology are the primary barriers

• Both groups of providers were “interested” in using telehealth as a delivery mode (mean 2.9 out of 5)

• Majority of both sets of providers report a lack of training in telehealth but the majority (75% of National DPPs and 97% of DSMES) would like further support and training

To access the final reports  https://med.virginia.edu/vcdpe/)