gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Conference April 6-7, 2015

gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Conference April 6-7, 2015

Save the date! The 2015 Regional Telehealth Conference will be held April 6-7 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

gpTRAC is excited to again offer an opportunity for the region’s healthcare community to come together to network and learn more about making a difference through telehealth services. This 1.5 day forum offers the opportunity to learn from both regional and national experts as they share their stories and experiences in developing and implementing telehealth to meet the needs of their area.  Click on the FORUM tab above to access additional event details.

We look forward to seeing you in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Please call us at 888-239-7092 if you have any questions.

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2015 Regional Telehealth Conference

 

Telehealth Readiness: 3 Jump-Start Resources

Implementing telehealth projects takes planning, resources, and time.  It takes a firm understanding of how telehealth will serve the mission and strategic goals of your organization and a clear vision of the partnerships and IT infrastructure that will make your telehealth project successful.  Is your organization ready?

Since 2006 gpTRAC has supported health centers and healthcare networks through the process of planning and implementing telehealth projects throughout Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Here are three ways gpTRAC is here to help:

1.  The gpTRAC Resource Center Online

The gpTRAC Resource Center Online provides information on grants and funding opportunities, previous studies, reports, and white papers on telehealth, and the gpTRAC “toolkit,” which contains guidelines, templates, and forms as you begin to develop telemedicine activities.  Think of this as a one-stop-shop for telehealth program planning.

2.  Connections, Connections, Connections

gpTRAC has connections throughout the country to help you find the right people to start and operate a telehealth program.  Whether it’s ATA, the Center for Telehealth and eHealth law, or simply other healthcare providers in your region, we dedicate ourselves to creating networks that support telehealth.

3.  Telehealth Readiness Assessments

gpTRAC personnel are available to meet with organization leaders on-site to complete a telehealth readiness assessment report.  Issues covered include:  organization mission, goals, and structure, partnerships, outreach, referral patterns, educational needs, management needs, services, equipment and technology requirements.

Call for Presentations: gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Forum 2014

Telehealth & HIT:  Partners in Patient Care
gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Forum
April 3-4, 2014

The Great Plains Telehealth Resource & Assistance Center (gpTRAC) has opened the Call for Presentations for this year’s Telehealth Forum.

We are looking for presentations that support this year’s theme and can:
1) expand the understanding that telehealth is indeed a technology that creates and uses various kinds of health information in the care of a patient;
2) share how an organization intertwined their  telehealth services with their HIT services;
3) encourage others to look to their own organizations and say “We should do that too!”.

Anyone with expertise is invited to submit an abstract.  Click here for more guidance and directions surrounding your submission and to access the abstract form.

Forum Registration: Watch for the official registration information…coming soon!!
Hotel Registration: Click here to make your room reservations at the Embassy Suites, Minneapolis, Airport/Mall of America. There is a limited number of rooms reserved for this event.

If you have any questions, please email gptrac@umn.edu or call 888-239-7092.
We are looking forward to a great event!

 

Start-up Seminar for UMN Researchers 12/3

From the University of Minnesota office of Technology Commercialization:
Start-up Seminar: Your role in the company

University of Minnesota researchers are invited to this free event that will feature a panel of researchers and entrepreneurs to discuss a faculty member’s role in a start-up company and answer questions about conflict of interest.  Enjoy complementary refreshments at this excellent networking opportunity.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CST)
McNamara Alumni Center – Maroon and Gold Room
200 Southeast Oak Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414

For more information on registration:  Register Here

Telehealth News Flash, Nov. 23

Telehealth news and events we have been talking about around our office this week:

BBC Market Research Forecasting for Telehealth

“According to the [BBC Global Markets for Telemedicine] report, [the global telehome and telemedicine] market was valued at almost $13.8 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach to $16.1 billion in 2013. BCC Research projects the market to grow to $35.1 billion by 2018, and register a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.9% from 2013 to 2018.”

That quote is just a snip-it.  The complete BBC report is full of information on the telehome and telemedicine markets, including data, key players, trends, analysis and projections. The consensus in the gpTRAC office?  Good time to invest.

Apple’s CEO sees this part of telehealth exploding- and so should you

A great infographic by Pathfinder Software shows the many ways technology sensors gather health metrics today.  Heart-rate, EKG, sleep, fitness, hydration, medication adherence- just a few vital health statistics these tiny devices can measure when strapped to the human body.  The author of this handsontelehealth article sums it up nicely:  “As a telehealth advocate you should embrace sensors because they (1) enhance traditional telehealth solutions and (2) enable new telehealth solutions.”  We agree.

November Telehealth Webinar, Nov. 21, 2013

November 2013 Webinar
The National Network of Telehealth Resource Centers
PRESENTS:

Practice Guidelines for Telemedicine 

Please join us Thursday, November 21, as Elizabeth Krupinski, PhD, discusses how important telemedicine practice guidelines are to ensure quality of care and safety for patients and the critical role they play in the adoption of telemedicine by all industry stakeholders, including providers, payers, administrators, government agencies and others.

There is NO need to pre-register!
Click
here to learn more and access the webinar.
– The gpTRAC team

Is there a place for Telehealth within ACOs?

The answer is yes.  Absolutely.  Telehealth,  as a mode of healthcare delivery, provides a means to more efficiently and effectively achieve ACO goals.  Read on to find out how.

First, what are ACOs and what are ACO goals?

ACO stands for Accountable Care Organization.  ACOs are groups of healthcare providers including doctors and hospitals that voluntarily join forces to provide coordinated care to Medicare patients.  The philosophy of ACOs is that coordinated care leads to better outcomes, because patients get the care they need without unnecessary duplication of services.  This is especially true for the chronically ill.

Successful ACOs lead to higher quality care and reduced health care spending within the Medicare program.

Telehealth,  as a mode of delivery provides a means for an ACO to more efficiency and effectively achieve their goals.  Here’s how:

  1. Telehealth technology has demonstrated costs savings.  By utilizing telehealth technology, an ACO can deliver care at a lower cost in many cases than traditional in-person office visits.
  2. Telehealth provides the possibility of greater access to care for those patients who are homebound for any of a variety of reasons or live in locations where travel to sites of care is time-consuming and difficult.  Including these patients expands the ACOs patient base.
  3. Telehealth promotes more timely access to care which can result in fewer emergency room visits and hospitalizations.  Preventative care is essential in reaching ACO goals.

Summary:  Telehealth promotes the goals of ACOs by lowering the costs of care while maintaining and improving the quality of care.  Through providing the means for greater access to care telehealth can increase the numbers of individuals who can participate in an ACO.  Read more on the benefits of telehealth for ACOs in the gpTRAC Resource Center here.

Instant Telehealth Service: The Unmanned Micro Clinic

“A Maryland patient with a fever could one day enter a photo booth-like facility and leave with a diagnosis and prescription,”  a recent article published in the Annapolis Capital Gazette business section begins.  For the article, Capital Gazette interviewed gpTRAC’s Zoi Hills, among others, on the MEDEX “Unmanned Micro Clinic.”

The MEDEX Micro Clinic is a portable medical room that allows patients to conduct a variety of medical tests with the assistance of installed and satellite technology.  If users need to speak with medical staff directly, the system is equipped to connect with 24 hour medical centers around the country.  Zoi first saw the Micro Clinic at a demonstration in Minnesota three years ago, when the photo-booth like medical facility was just an idea.

Now, MEDEX is garnering increased support and investments for its Micro Clinics as the global telemedicine market expands. The eventual goal of MEDEX is to have Micro Clinics in supermarkets and airports across the country, providing services at roughly the same price as a routine doctor visit co-pay (~$25).

 

Would you be quick to step into a Micro Clinic?

Read the full article on Capital Gazette and connect with gpTRAC on Twitter to tell us what you think!

Special Thank You to UMN Physicians

Having telemedicine demonstrations at the State Fair is a great opportunity to introduce Minnesotans to the possibilities telehealth services can bring to them and their communities.    Special Thank You to the following dermatologists who generously donated their time to provide free teledermatology screenings to fairgoers during the 2013 Minnesota State Fair:

Dr. Spencer Holmes
Dr. Mitchell Bender
Dr. Maria Hordinsky
Dr. Kimberly Bohjanen
Dr. Jennifer Lee
Dr. Ioanna Panoutsopoulou
Dr. Todd Seelhammer

As a fairgoer or physician, If you didn’t join us this year, make sure to stop by in 2014.

See you at the Fair!