September Telehealth Webinar, September 19, 2013

The National Network of Telehealth Resource Centers


Use of In-Home Monitoring Technology in Complex Care Coordination

Please join us Thursday, September 19th, for this exciting webinar topic.  The presenter will explain how the rural Hawaii Island Beacon Community engaged complex patients to self manage their chronic conditions which significantly improved their health status and reduced their cost of using a methodical and holistic approach.
There is NO need to pre-register!

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– The gpTRAC team

Minnesota company Startup of the Year Finalist is a web and mobile application that connects patients to healthcare providers through short, one topic, tailored videos called “vidscriptions.”  Almost a year ago, gpTRAC was writing about in this blog as an example of how innovative technology healthcare companies could help alleviate future physician shortages.  Today, is being recognized at the Doctors 2.0 conference in Paris as a finalist for “Startup of the Year.”

From’s press release:  “A global perspective has defined our strategy since day­one. We are honored to be recognized by Doctors 2.0 in Europe as a US ­company with an international identity, and we look forward to representing the Twin Cities digital health community at the conference in Paris this June,”said John Brownlee, CEO and co­founder of”

Congratulations to John Brownlee and the team!  For more information on, visit the website at

Mill City ICC: New Healthcare Innovation Center

Information technology, mobile connectivity, social networking, and healthcare delivery are at a historical point of convergence.  Now is the time to invest in new strategies to direct the future of healthcare.  As of May 8th, 2013, Minneapolis has a new healthcare innovation center to do just that, and it is right in gpTRAC’s back yard!

Announcing the Mill City Innovation and Collaboration Center
Mill City ICC Full Press Release

The goal of the Mill City Innovation and Collaboration Center (Mill City ICC) is to reduce unnecessary clincal visits while improving the quality of chronic disease and ambulatory patient care.   The ICC plans to do this by researching and testing new care models based on collaboration and intelligent utilization of technology.  Telehealth will play a critical role in the ICC design process.

Press release excerpt:  “The ICC has already become a magnet, attracting hardware, software, telecommunications, life science and academic institutions that want to play a vital role in reimaging the patient experience. The ICC’s programs will educate healthcare systems and serve as a site where participants can collaborate in developing the necessary New Models of patient engagement, monitoring and motivation.”

We are looking forward to tracking the ICC progress as they delve into the “super convergence”, and you should to!  For more information and to follow the ICC visit

Questions about telemedicine? Let us know!

Here at gpTRAC it is our goal to be your primary resource for telehealth program development and implementation in the Great Plains region.

Over the last two years, this goal has led our blog contributors through a wide range of topics including: telemedicine legislation, applications, ATA standards and guidelines, technologies, rural health, health care reform, national conferences, and current events- just to name a few.

My name is Haley.  As a new member of the gpTRAC team, and now primary author of the gpTRAC blog, I hope to share with you topics you can use in the coming weeks and month.  Here is an idea of what you can expect:

We will continue to follow innovation.  What are the latest technologies and best practices?  Where is telemedicine headed?  How can you, as providers/clininicians/payors/employers/patients/legislators/schools/home health and long term care facilities, catch the wave and benefit from adopting telemedicine programs?

We’ll also look at current uses of telemedicine.  Who is using telemedicine in the Great Plains region?  Or elsewhere in the world for that matter.  And in what form?  How well are they working?

Lastly, keeping with the ancient wisdom of “you can’t know where you’re going until you know where you have been,” you can expect a few briefs on the history of telemedicine mixed in:  where did it come from?  Who were the early adopters?  What did early forms of telemedicine look like?  And most importantly, why does it matter to you?

I am excited about the future of telemedicine.  I see potential applications everywhere, and unrealized benefits for doctors and patients alike.  My goal is to make this your go-to source for information and advice on everything telehealth.  So if you have questions about telemedicine, ask us!  If there is a topic you would like to know more about, let us know!  If you have a story you want to share, go for it!  Post your thoughts and comments below, and we look forward to hearing from you!