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

 

ND Scrubs Academy & gpTRAC

For the third year in a row, gpTRAC was invited to be a part of the North Dakota R-COOL-Health Scrubs Academy.  The Academy took place June 9-12 on campus at the University of North Dakota.  Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, from all over the state of North Dakota, came together to learn about a wide variety of health-related career options.  For this year’s event, gpTRAC was able to present to the group of 46 students from the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing simulation lab, located at Weaver-Densford Hall (WDH) on the main campus in Minneapolis.  The lab is equipped with some of the latest technologies used in telehealth today.

During the four sessions, Zoi Hills (gpTRAC) provided an overview of what telehealth is, a bit of the history, a summary of the current status, and some future predictions.  She also shared the role gpTRAC plays, asked some trivia questions, and then demonstrated some of the telemedicine technology available in the lab.  The highlight of the event was when the students were asked to draw (in 3 minutes…using no computers!) their ideas or imaginations about a “futuristic” product that could used in telehealth.  The students were invited to share their drawings and explain what the new idea was and how it would be used.  Some of these ideas were truly amazing.  I think we have some future healthcare/telemedicine inventors in North Dakota!

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.

Is there a place for Telehealth within ACOs?

The answer is yes.  Absolutely.  Telehealth,  as a mode of healthcare delivery, provides a means to more efficiently and effectively achieve ACO goals.  Read on to find out how.

First, what are ACOs and what are ACO goals?

ACO stands for Accountable Care Organization.  ACOs are groups of healthcare providers including doctors and hospitals that voluntarily join forces to provide coordinated care to Medicare patients.  The philosophy of ACOs is that coordinated care leads to better outcomes, because patients get the care they need without unnecessary duplication of services.  This is especially true for the chronically ill.

Successful ACOs lead to higher quality care and reduced health care spending within the Medicare program.

Telehealth,  as a mode of delivery provides a means for an ACO to more efficiency and effectively achieve their goals.  Here’s how:

  1. Telehealth technology has demonstrated costs savings.  By utilizing telehealth technology, an ACO can deliver care at a lower cost in many cases than traditional in-person office visits.
  2. Telehealth provides the possibility of greater access to care for those patients who are homebound for any of a variety of reasons or live in locations where travel to sites of care is time-consuming and difficult.  Including these patients expands the ACOs patient base.
  3. Telehealth promotes more timely access to care which can result in fewer emergency room visits and hospitalizations.  Preventative care is essential in reaching ACO goals.

Summary:  Telehealth promotes the goals of ACOs by lowering the costs of care while maintaining and improving the quality of care.  Through providing the means for greater access to care telehealth can increase the numbers of individuals who can participate in an ACO.  Read more on the benefits of telehealth for ACOs in the gpTRAC Resource Center here.

Instant Telehealth Service: The Unmanned Micro Clinic

“A Maryland patient with a fever could one day enter a photo booth-like facility and leave with a diagnosis and prescription,”  a recent article published in the Annapolis Capital Gazette business section begins.  For the article, Capital Gazette interviewed gpTRAC’s Zoi Hills, among others, on the MEDEX “Unmanned Micro Clinic.”

The MEDEX Micro Clinic is a portable medical room that allows patients to conduct a variety of medical tests with the assistance of installed and satellite technology.  If users need to speak with medical staff directly, the system is equipped to connect with 24 hour medical centers around the country.  Zoi first saw the Micro Clinic at a demonstration in Minnesota three years ago, when the photo-booth like medical facility was just an idea.

Now, MEDEX is garnering increased support and investments for its Micro Clinics as the global telemedicine market expands. The eventual goal of MEDEX is to have Micro Clinics in supermarkets and airports across the country, providing services at roughly the same price as a routine doctor visit co-pay (~$25).

 

Would you be quick to step into a Micro Clinic?

Read the full article on Capital Gazette and connect with gpTRAC on Twitter to tell us what you think!

Telehealth News Flash, Oct. 1

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

Functional Recovery in the Elderly After Major Surgery: Assessment of Mobility Recovery Using Wireless Technology

This recent study conducted by doctors at the Mayo clinic and published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery in early September is garnering attention in multiple fields including medicine, IT, and business.  The researchers used “off-the-shelf” fitness monitors (Fitbits) to measure mobility in elderly patients recovering from cardiac surgery.  Their findings show a significant relationship between steps taken and recovery time, and suggest information gathered from monitoring technologies may improve quality of care and post-discharge outcomes.

Additional commentary on the study:

Med City News:  Mayo Clinic Study:  Fitbit data can be an early warning sign of slow recovery from surgery

Forbes:  Fitbit Could Help Monitor Progress After Heart Surgery

Colorado-based hospital group to form digital health subsidiary
Neil Versal, MobiHealth News

Catholic Health Initiatives is a Colorado-based health system with a plan to expand virtual services by moving them to a magnet subsidiary which will include telehealth, telemedicine, mobile, media, and gamification.  The new subsidiary then plans to market its virtual services to employer groups and payers.  Many details are still to come, but we are keeping out eyes on this innovative strategy as CHI’s reach continues to expand nationally.

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