gpTRAC Annual Telehealth Conference 2017

Our 2017 conference was a fantastic success.  Thanks to all who contributed to this effort!

Presentations from the conference:

Stewart Ferguson – Do we need Telehealth Programs

Jonathan Neufeld – Reimbursement

Tammy Hatting Avera eCARE AveraNow April 2017

Maureen Idecker Heart Failure Presentation

Marsha Waind – Long Term Care Delivery

Robert Schwab MD – Complex Specialty Care

Cara Towle – UW TelePain-PACC-ECHO

Reinventing the Rural Healthcare System

Marketplace has a fascinating look at recent research into the healthcare systems in several rural states, including four in the gpTRAC region.

In the study, researchers analyzed the barriers to effective and comprehensive health care available to residents.  The study’s authors identified four ongoing health care challenges: access to hospitals, the restructuring of health care funding mechanisms, building and supporting the medical workforce, and expanding access to telemedicine technologies.

Read the story here:  https://www.marketplace.org/2018/02/02/health-care/reinventing-rural-health-care-system

Healthcare IT News Compares 11 Telehealth Platforms

Healthcare IT News just published a very nice piece providing an overview (from company’s perspective) of 11 popular telehealth platforms.  This is coming from the platform vendors themselves, so take it for what it’s worth.  But it’s a nice little overview of how these platforms see themselves (or want to be seen).

You can read the comparison here:

http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/comparing-11-top-telehealth-platforms-company-execs-tout-quality-safety-ehr-integrations

 

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.

REGISTER TODAY

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.