The Hawaii Healthcare Project, a public-private partnership between the Office of the Governor and Hawaii healthcare industry stakeholders, organized the 2013 Hawaii Healthcare Summit at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. A major focus was on the State of Hawaii’s roadmap for healthcare transformation and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Telehealth was mentioned as a major component of the State health care transformation plan. The conference breakout sessions included topics on: health information technology, employee wellness programs, patient-centered medical home models, behavioral health, and care coordination.More
Deborah Peters and Christina Higa attended the Fall 2013 Telehealth Resource Center strategic planning meeting in Tucson, Arizona hosted by the SouthWest Telehealth Resource Center. All fourteen resource centers were represented. Major highlights include the agreement for the collective Telehhealth Resource Centers (TRCs) to be represented collectively as the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers. The consortium is working collaborative on various initiatives including the development of an expanded definition of ‘Telehealth’ to be used by all TRCs; coordination of national telehealth webinars; unified education and training programs; and developing mechanisms for enhancing shared information among TRCs.
Christina Higa, PBTRC Associate Director, presented a telehealth update at the 13th Annual Hawaii Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Conference, “Managing Change, Cultivating Excellence.” The outline of her presentation included an introduction of the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers and the Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center; highlights of Hawaii telehealth initiatives; and a discussion on challenges and best practices including policy, technical infrastructure, workflow and business strategies, and workforce challenges. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.More