Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Telehealth Summit Coming Soon

The 2013 Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center’s (MATRC) Annual Summit will be held March 17-19 in conjunction with the Virginia Telehealth Network. This premier event will be held at the Jefferson Hotel in historic Richmond Virginia.

The Summit will explore how the Affordable Care Act is impacting ways that healthcare will be provided in the next two to three years. Key provisions of the law occurring in 2013 and 2014 will be described and attendees will learn how well designed telehealth programs can improve patient outcomes, decrease penalties for providers, build a stronger continuum of care, increase patient engagement and satisfaction, and lower escalating costs.

Carl W. Taylor, JD Executive Director, Fraser Institute for Health Research will be the plenary speaker and will discuss the enormous challenges facing healthcare delivery systems.

The plenary speakers and their response to the challenges will include:

·        Len Nichols, PhD, Director, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, George Mason University
·        Tracey Causey, CEO, Capital Area Health Network
·        Alex Nason, Program Director, for JHU’s Office of Telehealth and Interactive Learning

The Summit will have breakout sessions. Part 1 will present topics to improve the quality of care by reducing readmissions, improve quality by engaging patients in telehealth-enabled care, and find ways to help seniors to age in place.

Speakers in Breakout Session Part 1 will include:

·        Bonnie Britton, Telehealth Program Administrator , Vidant Health
·        Seth VanEssendelft, VP for Financial Services, Vidant Health
·        Andrew R. Watson, MD, Department of Surgery UPMC, Medical Director, Center for Connected Medicine
·        Charlene C. Quinn, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland, School of Medicine
·        Sally Okun, RN, VP for Advocacy, Policy & Patient Safety, PatientsLikeMe
·        Mike Brett MD, Medical Director for LIFE Programs, Lutheran Senior Life
·        Kelly Besecker, Sales & Marketing, A-Frame Digital

The Keynote Luncheon Address will be given by John F. Duval, CEO MCV Hospitals, VCU Health System

Breakout sessions Part 2 will discuss how to combat the rising cost of care by utilizing care coordination and chronic disease management, developing ways to overcome provider shortages, bringing care and education directly to the patient, and overcoming provider shortages by moving towards new models of care.

Speakers in Part 2 breakout sessions will include:

·        Adam Darkins, MD, Chief Consultant Care Coordination Services, Department of Veterans Affairs
·        Kim A Schwartz, CEO, Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center
·        Joyce Green Pastors, Diabetes Nutrition Specialist for the Virginia Center for Diabetes Professional Education at the University of Virginia School of Medicine
·        E. Ray Dorsey, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology, and Director, for the Johns Hopkins Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center
·        Lashanna Brunson, Research Coordinator, Parent Implemented Training for Autism through Telemedicine Center for Excellence in Disabilities, West Virginia University
·        Fred Summerfeit, Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene, Northern Arizona University

The third breakout session will discuss the return on investment, overcoming policy challenges, and developing the telehealth workforce.

Speakers in the third breakout session will include:

·        Kamal Jethwani, MD, Corporate Manager, Research and Innovation, Center for Connected Health, Partners Healthcare
·        Kirby Farrell, President and CEO, Broad Axe Technology Partners
·        Jonathan Linkous, CEO, ATA
·        Mark Walker, JD, Attorney Advisor, for the Telecommunications Access Policy Division, within the  Wireline Competition Bureau at FCC
·        Anthony T. Pavel, JD, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP
·        Jordan Berg, Telehealth Coordinator, ANTHC
·        David Cattell-Gordon, Director, Office of Telemedicine, Center for Telehealth at the University of Virginia

There will also be a panel discussion on transforming healthcare through innovations with panelists Janet S. Wright, MD, Executive Director Million Hearts Initiative, CMMI, and Robin A. Felder PhD, Professor and Associate Director of Clinical Chemistry and Pathology and Former Director for the Medical Automation Research Center

Karen Rheuban MD, Senior Associate Dean for CME and External Affairs, Medical Director, Office of Telemedicine, and Director for the Center for Telehealth at the University of Virginia will be the Wrap Up speaker for the Summit.

For more details on the meeting, go to For questions contact Anita Browning at or call 434-270-5338.