Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Spotlight on Telehealth

The first Mid-Atlantic Telemedicine Resource Center Summit in conjunction with the Virginia Telehealth Network is presenting a premier event March 15-16, 2012 at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Leading telehealth resources plus experts and programs throughout the mid-Atlantic region and the nation will be on hand for presentations and discussions.

There will be opportunities to hear from national leaders on telehealth policy and resources, to explore a broad range of innovative new technologies and approaches to telehealth, to formulate strategies to remove barriers to application, and to collaborate with experts in a broad number of areas.

Prominent keynote speakers include Delaware Secretary of Health Rita Landgraf, Virginia Secretary of Health Bill Hazel, FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell, Marilyn Travenner, Acting Administrator for CMS, Aneesh Chopra, Former Assistant to the President & Chief Technology Officer and Former Associate Director for Technology within the Office of Science & Technology Policy, Sherilyn Pruitt, Director, HRSA, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, William Warmpler, Former VA Senator and Executive Director for the New College Institute, and Karen Rheuban, MD, Director for the University of Virginia’s Center for Telehealth.

Some of the other speakers include Eric Aldrich MD, Associate Professor of Neurology at Johns Hopkins, Gary Capistrant, Director of Policy ATA, Mohit Kaushal, MD, Executive Vice President at West Wireless Health Institute, Joe Tracy, Vice President for Telehealth at Lehigh Valley, and Rob Sprang, Director for Kentucky TeleCare. For more details on the agenda and additional speakers, go to www.martc.org.

There will be sessions and panels on reimbursement, addressing public policies, telestroke, telemental health, federal funding opportunities, innovation, and much more.

Go to www.matrc.org to register. The fee is just $395. For more details email Matrc@virginia.edu, Ladi Carr at Ladicarr@virginia.edu or call Eric Swensen at (434) 924-5770.

In Montana, the Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center will present a Conference on March 19-20 in Billings. Several keynote speakers will be featured such as Glen Hiemstra, Founder of Futurist.com and the Founder and Curator of DoTheFuture.com, Ron Rabou with expertise on how to improve communication skills to achieve better relationships, Peter Yellowlees, M.D. Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at UC Davis Health System, and Steve Bahmer, a former award-winning journalist, leader of a technology company, and founder of his own public affairs company.

In addition, the administrative tract will interest anyone who is in charge of a telemedicine network at any level. Tammy Arndt’s session “Anatomy of a Telemedicine Agreement” will center on business agreements for telehealth. Paloma Costa and Carolyn McCornac will talk about the FCC program and the competitive bidding rules for the Rural Health Care program.

A special session Telemedicine 101 has just been added with Jeff Shuckra Network Engineer at the Utah Telehealth Network as the presenter. At this session, Jeff will review the infrastructure of telehealth by examining the basic types of video conferencing equipment, look at different types of networks and their equipment, and discuss the best practices for securing telehealth

It is still affordable to attend the Conference since the registration is now only $185. If three or more people from one organization attend, then a 10 percent discount will be applied. The only rule that applies to this offer is that all of the registrations must be purchased at the same time. For more details, contact, sara@nrtc.org and for more details on the Conference, go to www.nrtrc-conference.com.