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

 

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!

 

New Resource Available! Specialty Consultation Services

Overview: Key Issues in Specialty Consultation Telemedicine Services

When organizations are thinking about implementing telehealth services, sometimes they just don’t know what they don’t know.  What do we need to know in order to get started?  GpTRAC is excited to share this new resource to help you and your organization identify those topics.

This new “quick guide” provides general information summarizing issues of importance specifically surrounding the development and implementation of specialty consultation telemedicine services.  While many of these issues can apply in a variety of telehealth-related applications and technologies, this guide is intended to serve as a kind of check-list of the issues an organization should consider when providing specialty consultation services.  Additionally, there is a section with samples and tools for you to take and modify to meet your own organization’s needs.

This new resource is made available primarily as an on-line tool, and is available by clicking here.  However, please contact gpTRAC (888-239-7092) if you or your organization have an interest in obtaining multiple printed copies to distribute.  (Small charge/Minimum order is 10)

 

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!

August Telehealth Webinar: August 15, 2013

August 2013 Webinar
The National Network of Telehealth Resource Centers

PRESENTS:
The Virtual Dental Home: Implications for Policy & Strategy

Please join us tomorrow, Thursday, August 15, to watch a unique presentation on how  geographically distributed telehealth  teams can create a virtual dental home.  The presenter, Paul Glassman, Director of Community Oral Health at the University of the Pacific will discuss how the dental home can help achieve the goals of the “triple Aim” and the surrounding policy issues.

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

– The gpTRAC team

Telehealth News Flash, June 20

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

“The telemedicine tourniquet”
By Denise Logeland, Minn Post, Twin Cities Business
Mayo Hospital’s Center for Innovation is bringing together providers from all campuses to offer telemedicine services under the name “Mayo’s Center for Connected Care.”  According to Bart Demaerschalk who is the current director of Mayo’s telestroke and teleneurology programs, the goal is to provide telemedicine services both locally and globally, for “every medical and surgical discipline that our institution provides service for.”  The article covers the expansion plan of the Center for Connected Care and potential gains for the healthcare system.  Also included is an overview of related “e-visit” telemedicine programs in the great plains region, such as Virtuwell and Zipnosis, and the usefulness of datamining among all telemedicine programs.  Read the full article here.

“Innovation with Information Technologies in Healthcare.”
Book review and Q&A with author Dr. Lyle Berkowitz.
Dr. Berkowitz and his collaborator Chris McCarthy gathered stories about innovation from organizations across the country.  The goal of the book is to highlight the learning of others and inspire healthcare organizations to use IT in creative ways to improve quality of care, increase patient satisfaction, and lower costs.  In reference to Telemedicine, the authors say:  “In the telemedicine section, one of the important things we realized was that usually it was not the technology which was innovative; rather it was the innovative business models or regulatory changes which made the real difference.”  The takeaway:  IT is a powerful tool to leverage for innovation in healthcare.

A note on ATA’s upcoming Federal Telemedicine Policy Summit
From Jonathan Linkous, Chief Executive Officer for ATA:  “In 18 weeks the enrollment period for state–based health insurance exchanges (a key element of the 2010 Health Reform Bill) will open.  Coverage through these exchanges will start 13 weeks later. The same day Medicaid coverage will be expanded in a majority of the states.  All told, by January 1, 2014—less than 8 months from now—there could be 35-50 million more people with health insurance in the US.…There is a broad consensus that one critical change can greatly relieve [the future physician shortage]: empower health professionals to use available technologies to efficiently expand patient care through pooled practices, patient portals and various forms of telemedicine.”

ATA’s upcoming Federal Telemedicine Policy Summit is June 27-28 in Washington DC.  The goal of the summit is to explain the implications and opportunities brought about by health reform.  Details are available at http://www.americantelemed.org/summit

 

June Telehealth Webinar: June 20, 2013

June 2013 Webinar

The National Network of Telehealth Resource Centers PRESENTS:

The Futures of Telehealth: What you should know now

Please join us on Thursday, June 20th, to hear from one of the pioneers in Telehealth, Dr. Stuart M. Speedie, PhD,  Professor, Fellow, Co-Director, Institute for Health Informatics, University of Minnesota and Executive Director of gpTRAC, as he discusses different paths, the possible futures, and what they mean for telehealth, for those who use smart phones, tablets, videoconferencing and new devices of all types to support the delivery of health care.

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

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.

Regional Telehealth Forum: Early Bird Deadline April 1!

April 1 marks the end of the early-bird registration rate.  Don’t miss out!  Go to the forum registration page on our website for details and forms.  We also offer a special student rate for those actively enrolled as full-time college students. 

We have put together a very exciting schedule!  Come learn from our keynote speakers Carl Taylor (Fraser Institute for Health Research) and Rob Sprang (Kentucky TeleCare) and other telehealth experts from around the region and nation. 

Hotel Registration:  The block of rooms are also available through April 1.  Rooms are $99 and are on a first come basis.   

Post-Forum Event:  Immediately following the conclusion of the Regional Forum, Polycom is hosting a Grant Writing Workshop.  This is a separate event.  There is no cost to attend, HOWEVER, registration is required as space is limited.  Please contact if you are interested in participating.

Expanding the Reach of Medical Care Through Telemedicine

A great article today about how technology expands the reach of medical care from the Delaware Online News Journal.  For Parkinson’s patients in Deleware, seeing a specialist typically means travelling to Philadelphia, Washington D.C. or Baltimore (up to a 12 hour round trip!)  However, with the growing effort to increase telemedicine adoption throughout the state, patients like Betty, the 65 year old woman interviewed in the article, are able to see doctors via videoconferencing from their homes.  Parkinsons patients are one population that stands to benefit greatly from the availability of telemedicine services, and there are countless more.  This article is a great example of the power of personal testimonials in efforts to increase the adoption of telemedicine services among patient and provider populations.  Read the full story here.