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National TRC Webinar October 20, 2011 8AM HST

The attached file announces a webinar entitled “Your Telehealth Program: Are You Following Federal and State Laws and Regulations?” presented by Greg Billings, Executive Director of the Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law.  The webinar will be presented on Thursday, October 20th, at 8 AM HST. The webinar should be very informative regarding legal and regulatory issues to anyone who is contemplating a telehealth program.

This presentation is part of a webinar series presented by the National Network of Telehealth Resource Centers of which the Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center is a member.  These webinars are free to the public and presented on the third Thursday of each month.


TRC National Webinar Series Starts Next Week

Introducing The National Telehealth Webinar Series
Presented by The National Network of Telehealth Resource Centers

Timely information and demonstrations to support and guide the development of your telehealth program, presented FREE to the public by experienced telehealth professionals from the HRSA‐designated Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) on the 3rd Thursday of each month.

School‐Based Telehealth

Produced by the

Heartland Telehealth Resource Center

September 15, 2011
(8:00AM HT, 11:00AM PDT, 12:00AM MDT, 1:00PM CDT, 2:00PM EDT)
  • Sherilyn Pruitt, Director, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT), will kick off the new webinar series with a special introduction and welcome – detailing the important role the TRCs currently fill in support of OAT’s mission to increase access to health care in rural populations and communities through expand use and availability of telehealth.
  • Presenter: Eve‐Lynn Nelson, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Kansas

Medical Center, Associate Director, KU Center for Telemedicine & Telehealth. An active telehealth educator, researcher and advocate, Dr. Nelson is a popular mental health clinician to children in schools
throughout Kansas.

Learn about:

  • TeleKidcare® ‐ The successful Kansas telehealth program started in 1997 to deliver healthcare directly to inner‐city elementary schools.
    • Issues related to organization of service delivery
    • Comparison to traditional approach for access by schoolchildren to health care
    • Participant perceptions and roles
    • Background, Best Practices and Outcomes
    • No preregistration required. To join the meeting log onto:

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The PBTRC presented at the Utah Promontory Health Information Exchange and Technology Conference

Dr. Joseph Humphry, Co-Principal Investigator, PBTRC, gave a presentation entitled “The Patient Centered Medical Home Health Outcomes Optimization” at the Utah Promontory Health Information Exchange and Technology Conference, 2011 sponsored by the Utah Department of Health on June 22, 2011.

The conclusions of his presentation were:

1. Chronic care needs to be delivered at home by a virtual team supported by health information technology designed to optimize health outcomes

2. Electronic health records (EHRs)/electronic medical records (EMRs) are designed to document visits and vendors sell products to enhance revenue. They are not designed to support improved care.

3. The health care system requires a basic change in culture to improve health outcomes and the changes will come from the community, not the government.Meaningful use and the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) may provide more distraction than assistance to an improvement in health outcomes.

4. Telehealth is not mentioned or supported through meaningful use or the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). The question needs to be asked if we can provide quality care without Telehealth.

The Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center is available to discuss the future of telehealth and what is needed today to allow improved care tomorrow.