Telehealth and gpTRAC at the Minnesota State Fair!

Once again, gpTRAC will be demonstrating telehealth at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair.  As in years past, several dermatology specialists will be volunteering and providing screenings via telehealth technologies.  Come check it out!  You’ll find us in the University of Minnesota building.

gpTRAC will be available at several times throughout the fair.  These are all one-hour sessions:

  • Friday, August 22, at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 23, at 10:00 am
  • Tuesday, August 26, at 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 27, at Noon
  • Thursday, August 28, at Noon and 2:00 pm
  • Friday, August 29, at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm

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!

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

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!

Telehealth is Changing the Face of Healthcare

“In the old days- oh, about 10 years ago- few doctors used the Internet for anything but email and research. “App” was a word used mainly by technology buffs, as in “killer app.” And cellphones were useful but far from smart. Now digital technology- on phones and tablets, in electronic record keeping, and in a host of clinical innovations- is transforming medicine in virtually every way…” -New York Times, Science Times, 10/9/2012

On Tuesday, the New York Times published a special addition of their Science Times section entitled “The Digital Doctor,” highlighting the many ways doctors and patients are utilizing technology to improve the quality of healthcare.  Several of the articles are about telemedicine specifically.  For example, one article (“With Telemedicine as Bridge, No Hospital Is an Island”) describes how Nantucket’s main Hospital is utilizing teledermatology to save money ($29000/year) and see more dermatology patients (1100/year).

Telehealth is a game-changer in healthcare.  And in our opinion, the more publicity it gets, the better.  Telemedicine offers a smart solution for improving healthcare and wellness, while lowering the cost of care delivery. For both providers and patients, the list of benefits is impressive.  For more information on the benefits of telemedicine, visit the gpTRAC Delivery and Results of Care section here.