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.

gpTRAC Forum Wrap Up

Carl Taylor Keynote Lecture

Greetings friends!  This year’s gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Forum was a great success, and we have YOU to thank for it!  Over 100 people attended 18 presentations and panel discussions and visited with 20 vendors over the day and a half conference last month in Minneapolis. 

Highlights included: 

  • Keynote lectures from Carl Taylor on “Connecting with a Purpose” and Rob Sprang on the Future of telehealth and healthcare 
  • Modeling telehealh business strategies including healthcare cost savings plans, sustainable telehealth workflow solutions, and the development and propogation of innovation centers 
  • Exploring “out of the box” telehealth strategies including desktop video consultations to nursing home residents, telemedicine and the Department of Defense, and Project Access Epilepsy in rural Nebraska
  • Telehealth implementation strategies including the use telehealth for chronic disease management and diabetes management, and success stories from U of MN’s Amplatz Childrens Hospital and Fairview’s Telemedicine ICU Hub, and
  • And supporting telehealth strategies including preparing providers to use telehealth technology, smartphone-telehealth mobility, and the importance of broadband and the FCC’s healthcare connect program. 
  • Additionally, participants heard from two group panels on home telehealth solutions and mental health care solutions, and participated in a post-forum grant writing workshop sponsored by Polycom. 

Every individual brought with them their organization’s latest and best telehealth strategies, and the collaborative discussion and learning that took place as those ideas spread was inspiring.  We would especially like to thank this year’s sponsors, exhibitors and presenters for their contributions to the 2013 gpTRAC Regional Forum.  We look forward to continuing to support the Great Plains Region throughout the coming year and have already begun planning next year’s Regional Telehealth Forum… details to come!    

gpTRAC staff and volunteers

  • Looking for downloadable copies of the 2013 gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Forum presentations?  Find those here.
  • Additional questions or comments about the 2013 gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Forum?  As always, feel to contact gpTRAC through our website or by phone at 888-239-7092.

Regional Telehealth Forum April 15-16: Still Time!

Only 1 Week To Go!  Register Today!!… There is still time to sign up to attend the gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Forum.  Our theme, Telehealth Strategies, is a great over-arching statement of the kinds of presentations you’ll experience.  Click here for the program.  The registration rate is $200 and we will be excited to have you register at any point, including the day of the event. Don’t miss out on this great event!  Click here to go to the forum registration page at www.gptrac.org, then click on the Registration links on the left.  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. 

FREE Post-Forum Event:  Immediately following the conclusion of the Regional Forum, Polycom is hosting a Grant Writing Workshop.  Click here for the workshop flyer.  There is no cost to attend, HOWEVER, registration is required as space is limited.  Please contact gpTRAC directly if you are interested in participating. 

Hotel Registration:  There may still be rooms available, but they are on a first come basis.  Once the block is gone, its gone!  Please click here to make your room reservations right away. 

If you have any questions, please email Zoi at gptrac@umn.edu or call 888-239-7092.  We will be happy to help you!

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.

Carl Taylor on Connecting with a Purpose

At this year’s gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Forum, we are pleased to present Carl Taylor, Executive Director at the Fraser Institute for Health Research, as a keynote speaker.  Here is a taste of what we will hear from Carl’s talk on using telehealth technology to connect with purpose:  

We are at a moment in time in which the tools at hand be they known by the names of telehealth, m-health, e-health or communication driven healthcare are mature, affordable, and deployable on broad scale.  But the tools or rather the capabilities they create must be evaluated in regards to the uncertain landscape of healthcare, what I call contextual reality.  As we meet together there is more about the future of healthcare here in the US that is unknown than known. But there are common elements of strategies that will bridge this uncertainty.  Among them are that quality is truly going to be job #1.  The second is the role of the primary care provider will deepen.  The third is hospitals either on their own or with physicians will seek continuous care relations with their patients including developing retail strategies.  Hence from a telehealth perspective we must ask- what is our purpose and our place in these strategies.  Where do we fit and how will we need to articulate our role and our outcomes in order to become an integral part of healthcares’ future.  This talk will suggest answers to those questions and allow the listener to develop a market ready strategy to meet future challenges.

Carl Taylor is an innovative leader in the telehealth community and we couldn’t be happier to have him as a keynote presenter!  Have you made plans to attend the Telehealth Forum yet?  You can still register at the early bird rate if you hurry!  Deadline is April 1.
click here to register for the gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Forum