Who We Are

The Pacific Basin is a region with unique characteristics and challenges, including a vast geographic area the size of the continental United States. The region is characterized by diverse cultures, limited resources, varying levels of infrastructure, and differing needs. There is a common thread, however, connecting the US affiliated Pacific Islands to Hawai`i. In addition to regional cultural ties, there is a long history of collaboration between the entities treating each other as “Ohana” or family.

Vision:

Provide cost effective access to connected, high quality, health care services for all people.

Goals:

The PBTRC is committed to expanding the availability of healthcare to undeserved populations via telehealth. The PBTRC will serve as a Telehealth information resource and a Telehealth community-building organization. The PBTRC goal is to assist in the development of existing and new Telehealth networks and offer education, training, strategic planning and background information regarding Telehealth technology, medical information technology infrastructure, mobile health applications, and Telehealth creation, growth and maintenance.

Advisory Board

Sylvia Au | State of Hawai’i Department of Health

Linda Axtell-Thompson | Hawai’i Medical Service Association (HMSA)

Bruce Best | University of Guam

Deborah Birkmire-Peters, PhD | Telehealth Research Institute | John A. Burns School of Medicine | University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

James Brady, PhD | Hawai’i Health Systems Corporation (HHSC)

Sven-Erik Bursell, PhD | Telehealth Research Institute | John A. Burns School of Medicine | University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

Larry Carter, PhD | Maui AgeWave and Hawai’i Rural Health Association

Bonnie Castonguay | Ho’okele Health Navigators and Care at Home

Scott Daniels, PhD |State of Hawai’i Department of Health | State Office of Rural Health

Dan Davis, MD | Interactive Care Technologies and Pacific Islands Chapter of the American Telemedicine Association (PICATA)

Lawrence Eron, MD | Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center

Lianne Hasegawa-Evans | State of Hawai’i Department of Health

Lydia Hemmings | State of Hawai’i Department of Health

Christina Higa |  Telecommunications and Social Informatics (TASI) Research Program, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Robert Hirokawa, DrPH | Hawai’i Primary Care Association (HPCA)

Joseph Humphry, MD | Telehealth Research Institute | John A. Burns School of Medicine | University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

Jeanette Koijane | Kokua MauHawai’i Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Dew Anne Langcaon | Ho’okele Health Navigators and Care at Home

Jana Lindsey | VA Pacific Island Health Care System, VISN 21

Suzanne Martin | Pacific Regional Medical Command

Dale Moyen | Independent Telehealth Consultant

Boyd Murayama | Hilo Medical CenterHawai’i Health Systems Corporation (HHSC)

Robin Pilus | Maui AgeWave

Alan Riezman, OD | VA Pacific Island Health Care System, VISN 21

Christine Sakuda | Hawai’i Health Information Exchange (HHIE)

Dennis Sato | Hawai’i Health Systems Corporation (HHSC)

Karen Seth | The Queen’s Medical Center

Hardy Spoehr | Papa Ola LōkahiNative Hawaiian Healthcare

Corinne A. Suzuka | St. Francis Home Care Services

Kelley Withy, PhD | Hawai’i /Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center | John A. Burns School of Medicine | University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

Susan Yamamoto | Shriners Hospital for Children Honolulu