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

Great Plains Regional Telehealth Forum, April 9-10, 2018

Registration is now open!

April 9-10, 2018

Hilton Menneapolis/St. Paul Airport
Mall of America

Hurry and register for the only conference in our region that focuses on Telehealth. If you are planning to develop a telehealth program or if you are looking to enhance an existing program THIS IS the conference for you. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from national and regional telehealth leaders on how to start and sustain a telehealth program.

Attendees: Please click HERE. The early bird rate is $165 (expires March 11, 2018). The regular rate after March 12, 2018 is $195. PLEASE IGNORE THE “Sign in Or Continue as a Guest/Create Account” and JUST CLICK “Continue” (below the sign-in).

Sponsors/Exhibitors: Please contact Zoi Hills, gpTRAC Project Manager at 888-239-7092 or 612-384-3315, email

The Hilton Airport/MOA is conveniently located near the Minneapolis/St. Paul International airport and the Mall of America at 3800 American Blvd. E., Bloomington, MN 55425.We have reserved a limited number of rooms for this event. The deadline to make your hotel reservation under the conference discounted group rate is March 18, 2018.

To register, please click HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact gpTRAC at 888-239-7092 or 612-384-3315 or 574-606-5028 or email:
We are looking forward to having you join us for a fantastic event!

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.


2015 Regional Telehealth Conference


Observations from the 2014 ATA Annual Meeting

This year’s ATA Annual meeting was held in May.  With the vendor floor growing every year, it can be a bit overwhelming, but exciting at the same time.  It is a tremendous opportunity to reconnect with telehealth program leaders from around the country to learn about their latest efforts, challenges, and successes.

Over the years I have attended many of these events and have come away with AT LEAST one interesting bit of information.  This year’s “nugget” was very simple:  Telehealth is still growing.

I found it very interesting that, of the folks I visited with at the Telehealth Resource Centers booth, it was about an even split between those who were looking to add to the telehealth services they currently provide, and those who were trying to get their first telehealth-related activities up and running.  Many were from the gpTRAC region…reminding me that the reason gpTRAC exists in the first place is still valid.

As I see it, one of the main purposes for the Great Plains Telehealth Resource & Assistance Center is the “assistance” part of our name.  We are here to be a sounding board to talk through service ideas, to brainstorm organizational needs, help identify potential partners, provide general guidance, information and more.

I hope that we can serve you and help move your services forward!  Looking forward to hear from you!

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.

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 or call 888-239-7092.
We are looking forward to a great event!