gpTRAC publishes article ” “Teledermatology: Using collaborative technologies to enhance public health awareness”

Several years ago, back in the late 1990’s, the University of Minnesota started demonstrating telemedicine inside their building at the Minnesota State Fair, which runs every year, for 12 days,  in the month of August.  When we, gpTRAC, became part of the University in 2009, we continued this annual event, of demonstrating telemedicine at the fair. These demonstrations included primarily teledermatology, however a couple years pulmonorary fuction testing and stroke screenings were also part of this event. Over the years, many fairgoers either experienced telemedicine, by either participating as a patient/fairgoer, observing a telemedicine session or simply got educated about the merits of telehealth in general.  For some of them, actually, this is what got them started with telemedicine! Thousands of fairgoers were seeing during these telemedicine sessions and although most of them were diagnosed with suspected benign skin conditions, a few of them were observed with suspected skin cancers, including melanoma. A few testimonials from the fairgoers that experienced this is worth of sharing, like the woman who was seeing for something on her chest, which although didn’t bother her,  it was something she wanted to get an opinion, to return a week later in the telemedicine booth, at the fair, thanking our team members for “saving her life”.  Testimonials like this kept this project going, although some of the challenges to run the project made it difficult at times.

This event has become one of the MN State Fair’s traditions.  We have enjoyed the moments where fairgoers didn’t know what we asked them to experience, the moment when a young teenager, while watching, said “Wow, this is the future”, the moment when older folks saw this as “their answer” to see a doctor, and many more.

Earlier this year, our team decided to write a paper on this popular event.  The paper is titled”.  We are very proud to share with you, our readers, that our paper was accepted by IEEE Xplore for publication. You can find the abstract and the PDF version by clicking on this link: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?arnumber=6867599&contentType=Conference+Publications

gpTRAC would like to take this opportunity and express our gratitude to the University of Minnesota Professors of Dermatology, the University of Minnesota Clinical Dermatologists, the University of Minnesota Department of Dermatology; the University of Minnesota dermatology residents: the many telemedicine booth volunteers; the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center Office of Communications State Fair Coordinators and Video Guidance, the vendor who has provided the technology each year since the inception of the project

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Special Thank You to UMN Physicians

Having telemedicine demonstrations at the State Fair is a great opportunity to introduce Minnesotans to the possibilities telehealth services can bring to them and their communities.    Special Thank You to the following dermatologists who generously donated their time to provide free teledermatology screenings to fairgoers during the 2013 Minnesota State Fair:

Dr. Spencer Holmes
Dr. Mitchell Bender
Dr. Maria Hordinsky
Dr. Kimberly Bohjanen
Dr. Jennifer Lee
Dr. Ioanna Panoutsopoulou
Dr. Todd Seelhammer

As a fairgoer or physician, If you didn’t join us this year, make sure to stop by in 2014.

See you at the Fair!

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.

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!

Teledermatology at the 2012 Minnesota State Fair

At this year’s Minnesota State Fair gpTRAC partnered with University of Minnesota physicians to provide fairgoers with free teledermatology screenings.  In total 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.  Again this year, the gpTRAC booth was a great sucess, making it our seventh year hosting a telehealth awareness booth at the Minnesota State Fair! 

Having telemedicine demonstrations at the State Fair is a great opportunity to introduce Minnesotans to the possibilities telehealth services can bring to them and their communities.    Special Thank You to the following dermatologists who generously donated their time to provide free teledermatology screenings to fairgoers:

Dr. Spencer Holmes
Dr. Bethany Cook (resident)
Dr. Bart Endrizzi
Dr. Jennifer Lee
Dr. Kimberly Bohjanen
Dr. Neal Foman
Dr. Sanober Amin (resident)
Dr. Maria Hordinsky
Dr. Irving Katz

If you didn’t join us this year, make sure to stop by in 2013. See you at the Fair!

See you at the Minnesota State Fair!

Only two days until the Minnesota State Fair kicks off!  Whether you are interested in receiving a teledermatology screening, or simply learning more about telemedicine and the latest applications of technology in a healthcare setting, plan on visiting the gpTRAC booth in the University of Minnesota building! Again this year, gpTRAC will be demonstrating to fair-goers what telehealth is all about, and trust us, you don’t want to miss this!  For more information and our State Fair Schedule visit the gpTRAC Events page. Having telemedicine demonstrations at the State Fair is a great opportunity to introduce Minnesotans to the possibilities telehealth services can bring to them and their communities.  See you at the Fair!