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Launch of Distance Learning Sessions for Pacific Island Health Care Providers has Immediate Results

Launch of Distance Learning Sessions for Pacific Island Health Care Providers has Immediate Results

Pacific Island Health Care Providers launched the first of a series of distance learning sessions for Pacific Island providers on May 18th.  The topic was gastroenterology, with a specific focus on biopsy for suspected colon cancers.   The discussion was facilitated by Dr. Chris Hair, Gastroenterologist, from ANZGITA, Epworth Private Hospital and Deakin University, Geelong Australia.  The session was delivered by interactive video teleconference and organized by Dr. Payne Perman from Pohnpei. Participation was excellent with thirty-seven Pacific Island providers and students from Pohnpei, American Samoa, Ebeye, Majuro, Palau, American Samoa, Samoa, and Fiji.  Dr. Hair started with a didactic on when to do a biopsy, and appropriate approaches including tools and techniques.  He explained that the biopsy site matters and with proper protocols you can get significantly improved cancer diagnoses for better quality and timely patient care.  He then presented several Pacific Island cases that clearly showed strategic biopsy points and different tumors.  Several providers presented their own cases, some including challenges in terms of how to treat patients in limited resource situations.  A participant even presented a case through a video recording of a difficult endoscopy completed just that morning.  This generated a lot of discussion from the group.  After the session, the doctor reported having gone back to that difficult case and successfully completing the biopsy that afternoon— this illustrates the immediate positive impact of this educational session.  Many future topics were suggested such as balloon dilation, diagnosis and management of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST), and H.Pylori topics with predilection to GIST.  Ongoing sessions are much anticipated and will be held on the third Friday of every month.  Participation is open and welcomed.

 

More information about ANZGITA can be found on their website.

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2013 Hawaii Healthcare Summit – November 19, 2013

2013 Hawaii Healthcare Summit – November 19, 2013

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.

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National TRC Strategic Planning Meeting – September 25-26, 2013

National TRC Strategic Planning Meeting – September 25-26, 2013

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.

 

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13th Annual FLEX Conference – October 23-25, 2013

13th Annual FLEX Conference – October 23-25, 2013

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 christina@tipg.net.

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