Convergence of Telemedicine and mHealth — Benefits & Challenges

We are very excited to share that Ron Poropatich, MD will be delivering the Keynote Presentation on April 4th at the gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Forum.  He will continue to focus on one of our main topics for this year’s event —  the coming together of telemedicine and mHealth.  It will be interesting to hear his perspective!

Dr. Poropatich has extensive experience with the use of telemedicine in the military.  He has recently retired from the US Army after serving more than 30 years as a Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine physician.  His last assignment was at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) at Fort Detrick, MD, serving as the Deputy Director of the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC).  He currently serves as the Executive Director for the Center for Military Medicine Research, Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.  He also serves as an Associate Editor for the Telemedicine and e-Health Journal.

The Futures of Telehealth: What you need to know now

For June’s National Telehealth Resource Center Webinar last week Dr. Stuart Speedie of gpTRAC presented on the topic of Telehealth Futures.

According to Dr. Speedie, the guiding principle that will shape the future of telehealth is that healthcare and the healthcare delivery system are largely concerned with the exchange of information.  So how can telehealth services improve information exchange?  Dr. Speedie sees five distinct possibilities:

1. Through Specialty Care Delivery– including elaborate videoconferencing based telehealth.

2. By investing in mHealth– including healthcare mobile apps, devices, and solutions.

3. By exploring options for In Place Care– including home monitoring, nursing home settings, and schools.

4. Through Care in the Work Place.

5. By focusing on Consumer Wellness– including physical, mental, social, and spiritual health promotion.

The futures of telehealth depend largely on staying relevant as new modes of information exchange are developed and the focus of healthcare delivery continues to shift and evolve.  At the core of each of these futures however is the uniting fact that a career in telehealth will always be a career in information exchange and healthcare delivery.  To access Dr. Speedie’s full presentation and other previous webinars, visit the gpTRAC webinar archive, or you can download Dr. Speedie’s presentation directly here.

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

Teaching Kids About Telemedicine

Last week, gpTRAC partnered with the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences to lead an informational training on telemedicine for middle school students interested in the health sciences. The training was part of a 3 day camp called “R-COOL Scrubs Academy,” where students from across North Dakota gather to participate in hands-on activities and engage in experiential learning with health professionals.  

This year, telemedicine was the theme for the Scrubs Academy Health IT session.  During each one hour session, students connected to gpTRAC via videoconferencing for an interactive lecture on telemedicine including a mock telemedicine consultation, trivia, and a design competition where students applied their new knowledge to innovating telemedicine and mhealth technologies. 

Here is a short video shot by the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, who stopped by to capture some of the fun: 

gpTRAC offers similar trainings for a variety of programs and organizations. If you are interested in more information, contact us here or call us at 888-239-7092.

mHealth Webinar by National Telehealth Resource Centers: Th. 6/21

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


June 21, 2012
8:00 AM HST, 10:00 AM AKDT, 11:00 AM PTD, 12:00 PM MDT, 1:00 PM CTD, 2:00 PM ETD

Presented by: 
Ronald Poropatich, MD
Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC)
US Army Medical Research and Materiel CommandThis presentation will discuss the role of mobile devices, particularly cell phones, in health (mHealth). Conclusions will highlight the challenges of deploying mobile health solutions and identify barriers to widespread adoption.

To join this webinar:

You can test your connection at:
For an overview of Adobe Connect, go to:

The TRC Webinar Series provides timely information and demonstrations to support and guide the development of your telehealth program by experienced telehealth professionals from the HRSA-designated Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs).

These webinars are FREE to the public on the 3rd Thursday of each month.
For more information on the Regional Telehealth Resource Centers click here.

Follow ATA 2012 Here

The American Telemedicine Association 17th Annual International Meeting and Exposition starts Sunday in San Jose, CA.   If you are attending ATA, stop by and visit gpTRAC in person at the Telehealth Resource Center booth, #544.

Whether you are attending ATA yourself, or following this year’s whirlwind event from home, gpTRAC wants you to know that we’ll be tracking the excitement and sharing it– right here– with all of you. Check back daily for updates on the exposition’s most useful information and highlights from the meeting’s most interesting presenters.  ATA 2012 is the world’s largest telemedicine, telehealth, and mhealth event with educational programs, over 170 exhibitors, and keynote speeches by some of the biggest innovators in technology and healthcare including Bernard Harris, President and CEO of Vesalius Ventures; Edward Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Telehealth Network; James Rosser, inventor and Professor of Surgery at Morehouse School of Medicine; Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer; and A. Stewart Ferguson, Chief Information Officer of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.