Teledermatology at the 2013 State Fair: In Pictures

Zoi used a portable exam camera to present fairgoer skin concerns to UMN Physicians on the other end of a secure videoconferencing connection.

From the UMN Physicians end dermatologists were able to examine images in real time and discuss skin concerns with fairgoers. Pictured here are gpTRAC staff and volunteers, where the fairgoer/area of concern would be.

UMN Physicians were able to speak with fairgoers directly via videoconference during and after providing teledermatology screenings to answer questions and provide recommendations for follow up. In total, 159 fairgoers received teledermatology screenings at the 2013 MN State Fair.

September Telehealth Webinar, September 19, 2013

The National Network of Telehealth Resource Centers

PRESENTS:

Use of In-Home Monitoring Technology in Complex Care Coordination

Please join us Thursday, September 19th, for this exciting webinar topic.  The presenter will explain how the rural Hawaii Island Beacon Community engaged complex patients to self manage their chronic conditions which significantly improved their health status and reduced their cost of care.by using a methodical and holistic approach.
There is NO need to pre-register!
 

Click here to learn more and access the webinar.

 

– The gpTRAC team

Teledermatology Screenings at the State Fair: Schedule

Interested in seeing telemedicine in action? Visit the University of Minnesota tent at this year’s Minnesota State Fair for free teledermatology screenings brought to you by gpTRAC and University of Minnesota Physicians. Get a screening yourself, or just enjoy the demonstration!

gpTRAC/UMP Teledermatology screenings at the 2013 Fair:

Thursday, August 22
Noon-1pm with Dr. Hordinsky

Friday, August 23
10am-11am with Dr. Bender

Saturday, August 24
10am-noon with Dr. Jennifer Lee and Erin Luxenberg

Monday, August 26
1pm-2pm with Dr. Bohjanen

Tuesday, August 27
4pm-5pm with Dr. Seelhammer

Wednesday, August 28
Noon-2pm with Dr. Holmes
4pm-5pm with Dr. Panoutsopoulou

Friday, August 30
4pm-5pm with Dr. Panoutsopoulou

Last year, gpTRAC connected 182 patients to dermatologists using a videoconferencing system and a hand held exam camera. This year, we are hoping to connect even more!

Telehealth Education at the State Fair: A History

The State Fair countdown continues! Today, we take a look back at the history of telemedicine education at the Minnesota State Fair.

The video below illustrates the development of telemedicine educational program at the Minnesota State Fair over the past ten years. The program started in 2002 under the direction of the Minnesota Telehealth Network and since 2009 has been directed by gpTRAC. Every year gpTRAC hosts a “patient awareness booth” at the fair, educating fairgoers about telemedicine services.

The goals of this event are:

1) To increase the general awareness among fairgoers about the capabilities and availability of telemedicine services, and

2) To increase the awareness of skin cancers and the importance of regular communications with healthcare providers about this dangerous disease.

The telemedicine services are provided free of charge in the University of Minnesota building on the State Fair grounds, which connects to the University of Minnesota Department of Dermatology via the University’s gigabit network.

gpTRAC will be in the University of Minnesota tent again during the 2013 State Fair, continuing the tradition. Come stop by and visit us August 22-30!

Teledermatology at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair

It’s almost time again for the Minnesota State Fair!  Again this year gpTRAC will be partnering with Minnesota physicians to provide fairgoers with free teledermatology screenings.

At the 2012 Minnesota State Fair gpTRAC connected 182 patients to dermatologists using a videoconferencing system and a hand held exam camera.  Thousands more were able to watch the sessions in action.  Many of the fairgoers said they hadn’t made it a priority to get screened until they came upon our booth, and many passerbys said it was their first experience seeing telemedicine in action.  To date, gpTRAC has showcased teledermatology, pulmonology, and stroke screenings.

Stay tuned for a schedule soon!  And be sure to stop by and visit us in the University of Minnesota tent for your free teledermatology screening!

Telehealth News Flash, July 29

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

Telehealth coverage broadens through state legislature
State legislatures are hearing a lot about telehealth these days.  Missouri became the 19th state to mandate reimbursement by private insurers to healthcare providers for telehealth services.  Kentucky has expanded telehealth reimbursement to Medicaid beneficiaries.  Mississippi passed a private insurer reimbursement mandate.  In the last 7 months, 12 states have introduced or enacted telehealth reimbursement legislation.  Around the gpTRAC office, we are discussing ways to get Minnesota involved in doing the same!

South Central Telehealth Resource Center Quarterly Thought Conference Webinar:  Telehealth Reimbursement in Mississippi
A great webinar presented last week by UMMC’s Dr. Kristi Henderson on the process of passing state-wide telehealth legislation.  Archived and available at learntelehealth.org

Nurses use Google Hangout to collaborate on technology
Google hangout isn’t just for teenagers and chatting with friends who are abroad anymore.  These providers discuss the usefulness of media for healthcare collaboration in a 25 minute youtube video between nurses in Toronto and Australia. 

The Futures of Telehealth: What you need to know now

For June’s National Telehealth Resource Center Webinar last week Dr. Stuart Speedie of gpTRAC presented on the topic of Telehealth Futures.

According to Dr. Speedie, the guiding principle that will shape the future of telehealth is that healthcare and the healthcare delivery system are largely concerned with the exchange of information.  So how can telehealth services improve information exchange?  Dr. Speedie sees five distinct possibilities:

1. Through Specialty Care Delivery– including elaborate videoconferencing based telehealth.

2. By investing in mHealth– including healthcare mobile apps, devices, and solutions.

3. By exploring options for In Place Care– including home monitoring, nursing home settings, and schools.

4. Through Care in the Work Place.

5. By focusing on Consumer Wellness– including physical, mental, social, and spiritual health promotion.

The futures of telehealth depend largely on staying relevant as new modes of information exchange are developed and the focus of healthcare delivery continues to shift and evolve.  At the core of each of these futures however is the uniting fact that a career in telehealth will always be a career in information exchange and healthcare delivery.  To access Dr. Speedie’s full presentation and other previous webinars, visit the gpTRAC webinar archive, or you can download Dr. Speedie’s presentation directly here.

Minnesota DHS: Telemedicine and Chemical Health

The Minnesota Department of Human Services is exploring how telemedicine can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of interventions, treatment, and recovery related to Alcohol and Drug Abuse.  Why?  According to DHS research, of all the people who seek treatment for chemical health issues in the US, only 10% actually receive it.  Additionally, rural populations experience the most barriers to substance abuse treatment programs and recovery options.  Telemedicine technology could help ameliorate these problems by extending the reach of chemical health counselors employed in areas like the Twin Cities, to underserved and geographically isolated populations in rural Minnesota, where counselors are harder to find.  However, currently insurers do not resimburse for chemical health services delivered at a distance.  DHS has a task force (the Sustance Use Disorder Model of Care Workgroup on Telemedicine) compiling information on the subject.  The group recently released their first collective report:  Telemedicine/Telehealth Workgroup Issue Analysis.  For more information, visit the DHS website.

Minnesota company Clear.md: Startup of the Year Finalist

Clear.md is a web and mobile application that connects patients to healthcare providers through short, one topic, tailored videos called “vidscriptions.”  Almost a year ago, gpTRAC was writing about clear.md in this blog as an example of how innovative technology healthcare companies could help alleviate future physician shortages.  Today, Clear.md is being recognized at the Doctors 2.0 conference in Paris as a finalist for “Startup of the Year.”

From clear.md’s press release:  “A global perspective has defined our strategy since day­one. We are honored to be recognized by Doctors 2.0 in Europe as a US ­company with an international identity, and we look forward to representing the Twin Cities digital health community at the conference in Paris this June,”said John Brownlee, CEO and co­founder of clear.md.”

Congratulations to John Brownlee and the clear.md team!  For more information on clear.md, visit the website at www.clear.md.

Mill City ICC: New Healthcare Innovation Center

Information technology, mobile connectivity, social networking, and healthcare delivery are at a historical point of convergence.  Now is the time to invest in new strategies to direct the future of healthcare.  As of May 8th, 2013, Minneapolis has a new healthcare innovation center to do just that, and it is right in gpTRAC’s back yard!

Announcing the Mill City Innovation and Collaboration Center
Mill City ICC Full Press Release

The goal of the Mill City Innovation and Collaboration Center (Mill City ICC) is to reduce unnecessary clincal visits while improving the quality of chronic disease and ambulatory patient care.   The ICC plans to do this by researching and testing new care models based on collaboration and intelligent utilization of technology.  Telehealth will play a critical role in the ICC design process.

Press release excerpt:  “The ICC has already become a magnet, attracting hardware, software, telecommunications, life science and academic institutions that want to play a vital role in reimaging the patient experience. The ICC’s programs will educate healthcare systems and serve as a site where participants can collaborate in developing the necessary New Models of patient engagement, monitoring and motivation.”

We are looking forward to tracking the ICC progress as they delve into the “super convergence”, and you should to!  For more information and to follow the ICC visit millcityicc.org