Implementing telehealth projects takes planning, resources, and time. It takes a firm understanding of how telehealth will serve the mission and strategic goals of your organization and a clear vision of the partnerships and IT infrastructure that will make your telehealth project successful. Is your organization ready?
Since 2006 gpTRAC has supported health centers and healthcare networks through the process of planning and implementing telehealth projects throughout Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Here are three ways gpTRAC is here to help:
The gpTRAC Resource Center Online provides information on grants and funding opportunities, previous studies, reports, and white papers on telehealth, and the gpTRAC “toolkit,” which contains guidelines, templates, and forms as you begin to develop telemedicine activities. Think of this as a one-stop-shop for telehealth program planning.
gpTRAC has connections throughout the country to help you find the right people to start and operate a telehealth program. Whether it’s ATA, the Center for Telehealth and eHealth law, or simply other healthcare providers in your region, we dedicate ourselves to creating networks that support telehealth.
gpTRAC personnel are available to meet with organization leaders on-site to complete a telehealth readiness assessment report. Issues covered include: organization mission, goals, and structure, partnerships, outreach, referral patterns, educational needs, management needs, services, equipment and technology requirements.
Telehealth & HIT: Partners in Patient Care
gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Forum
April 3-4, 2014
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!”.
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.
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 and events we have been talking about around our office this week:
“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.
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.
The National Network of Telehealth Resource Centers
Practice Guidelines for Telemedicine
Please join us Thursday, November 21, as Elizabeth Krupinski, PhD, discusses how important telemedicine practice guidelines are to ensure quality of care and safety for patients and the critical role they play in the adoption of telemedicine by all industry stakeholders, including providers, payers, administrators, government agencies and others.
Click here to learn more and access the webinar.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
“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?
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!
Telehealth news and events we have been talking about around our office this week
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:
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.