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 and gpTRAC at the Minnesota State Fair!

Once again, gpTRAC will be demonstrating telehealth at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair.  As in years past, several dermatology specialists will be volunteering and providing screenings via telehealth technologies.  Come check it out!  You’ll find us in the University of Minnesota building.

gpTRAC will be available at several times throughout the fair.  These are all one-hour sessions:

  • Friday, August 22, at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 23, at 10:00 am
  • Tuesday, August 26, at 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 27, at Noon
  • Thursday, August 28, at Noon and 2:00 pm
  • Friday, August 29, at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Telehealth Educational Opportunity – August 6, 2014

Come and join us for a telemedicine educational event, August 6, in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The event is co-sponsored by the Twin Cities Medical Society (TCMS) and gpTRAC.  If you want to learn from Bryan Burke, MD, a pediatrician with one of the more successful telemedicine programs in the country (University of Arkansas) and network with others who also have an interest in the field of telemedicine, this is an event for you.  Click on the image for further details and to find out how to register.  Also, feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

We hope to see you there!

Farm Credit Organizations Support Rural Telemedicine in Western Minnesota

– Author:  Zoi Hills

Four farm credit organizations have joined to support  a telemedicine initiative at RC Hospital in rural Olivia, MN, located over 100 miles away from the Twin Cities.  The four organizations that contributed to the project include:  AgStar Financial Services, AgriBank, CoBank, and United FCS.  The Farm Credit grant will enable cardiologists at Abbott Northwestern Hospital to remotely treat patients at the RC Hospital using telemedicine technologies.  The main purpose of this grant is to cover the costs of telemedicine equipment, including bedside ultrasound, as well as training for RC Hospital’s local staff.  The grant was supplemented by additional funding from the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation.

Initially, the cardiology telehealth program will be able to serve six patients each week.  Patients and medical staff will be able to see and talk with each other via telemedicine technologies.  In Olivia, a hospital staff member will perform ultrasound tests on patients, and real-time images will help cardiologists in Minneapolis diagnose or rule out heart issues.

The program is expected to launch sometime this summer.  With more than 20 telehealth sites in Minnesota and Wisconsin, Allina Health currently provides telehealth services such as stroke assessment and treatment, mental health assessments and referrals, psychiatric counseling and cancer genetic counseling.  Additional telehealth services are planned over the next two years.

Next Week’s Telehealth Forum – Find Out More!

The 2014 gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Forum will be held next week, April 3 & 4, at the Embassy Suites-Airport in Minneapolis.  We have a great line-up of presentations, including two nationally-known keynote speakers (Dr. Kvedar and Dr. Poropatich) and numerous regional presenters.  For more program details, go to the Forum tab.  OR, click here for the 2014 Forum Program.

Convergence of Telemedicine and mHealth — Benefits & Challenges

We are very excited to share that Ron Poropatich, MD will be delivering the Keynote Presentation on April 4th at the gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Forum.  He will continue to focus on one of our main topics for this year’s event —  the coming together of telemedicine and mHealth.  It will be interesting to hear his perspective!

Dr. Poropatich has extensive experience with the use of telemedicine in the military.  He has recently retired from the US Army after serving more than 30 years as a Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine physician.  His last assignment was at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) at Fort Detrick, MD, serving as the Deputy Director of the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC).  He currently serves as the Executive Director for the Center for Military Medicine Research, Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.  He also serves as an Associate Editor for the Telemedicine and e-Health Journal.

Making Health Addictive – Dr. Kvedar Speaking at gpTRAC Telehealth Forum

Joseph C. Kvedar, MD is the founder and director of the Center for Connected Health at Partners HealthCare.  AND, we are very excited to share that he will be joining us at the gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Forum as the Keynote Speaker on April 3rd.

Dr. Kvedar has long been involved in leading the development of telehealth modalities, stretching the idea of what telehealth should be, and defining what it will look like in the years to come.  Check out Dr. Kvedar’s cHealth Blog to get an idea of some of what he might be sharing at the Forum in Minneapolis.

We hope you will be able to join us.  Go to the “Forum” tab above for additional meeting information and to check out the rest of the schedule.

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!