For the third year in a row, gpTRAC was invited to be a part of the North Dakota R-COOL-Health Scrubs Academy. The Academy took place June 9-12 on campus at the University of North Dakota. Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, from all over the state of North Dakota, came together to learn about a wide variety of health-related career options. For this year’s event, gpTRAC was able to present to the group of 46 students from the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing simulation lab, located at Weaver-Densford Hall (WDH) on the main campus in Minneapolis. The lab is equipped with some of the latest technologies used in telehealth today.
During the four sessions, Zoi Hills (gpTRAC) provided an overview of what telehealth is, a bit of the history, a summary of the current status, and some future predictions. She also shared the role gpTRAC plays, asked some trivia questions, and then demonstrated some of the telemedicine technology available in the lab. The highlight of the event was when the students were asked to draw (in 3 minutes…using no computers!) their ideas or imaginations about a “futuristic” product that could used in telehealth. The students were invited to share their drawings and explain what the new idea was and how it would be used. Some of these ideas were truly amazing. I think we have some future healthcare/telemedicine inventors in North Dakota!