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.

USDA Notice of Funding for Distance Learning and Telemedicine

USDA Releases Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for DLT Grant Program

Announcement from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy:  Funding Opportunity from USDA

The USDA is making up to $17.5 million in grant funding available to support distance learning and telemedicine efforts serving rural America.  The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program was published in theFederal Register on June 28, 2013.  Applications for this program must be received by Monday, August 12, 2013.  The DLT Grant Program is designed to assist community facilities serving rural areas acquire distance learning and telemedicine technologies to link with other professionals to improve the services delivered to rural Americans.  Each award will be between $50,000 and $500,000.  Applicants must be 1) a legally incorporated organization operating a rural community facility directly or serving an organization that operates a rural community facility and 2) must currently deliver or propose to deliver distance learning or telemedicine services through and beyond the three-year grant period.  Applications will be scored based on the community’s rurality and economic need, as well as efficiency and innovativeness of the use of funds, and must show that the applicant can supply at least a 15 percent funding match.

For further information, please contact Norberto Esteves by email at: or phone:(202) 720-0665.

Also, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at or at 888-239-7092

— From Your Friends at gpTRAC

Telehealth News Flash

The telehealth news articles we have been talking about around our office this week:

New York Times Well:  My Stroke of Luck
How one man learned about telestroke technology through a stroke of his own.  His response to reimbursement resistance:  “Well, there was no living, breathing stroke specialist at my bedside to bill in those first vital hours. Give me a virtual doctor any day.”

Washington Post:  Telemedicine makes new advances, all the way to Antarctica
Videoconferencing enables a partnership between the University of Texas Medical Branch and National Science Foundation workers living at a scientific research station in Antarctica.

Healthcare IT News:  Why not MU for telemedicine?
Noteworthy reflection on Ryan Spaulding’s presentation at this year’s American Telemedicine Association meeting.  The topic:  Meaningful use of telemedicine and how Telehealth Resource Centers can help create a national strategic plan.

Webinar: Clinical Applications of Telemedicine Th. 7/19





The National Telehealth Webinar Series
Presented by the National Network of Telehealth Resource Centers
Thursday, July 19, 2012
01:00 p.m. CST/02:00 p.m. EST

“Clinical Applications”

 Presented by:
Ronald S. Weinstein, MD
Director, Arizona Telemedicine Program
President Emeritus, American Telemedicine Association

This presentation will discuss real-time & store-forward clinical applications amenable to telemedicine & how they help underserved areas. Tips for successful teleconsultations will be provided and a discussion of the limitations of teleconsults will also be addressed.

To join this webinar:

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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.


Live Interactive versus Store-and-Forward Telemedicine Consultations

A telemedicine consult can happen multiple ways. Two of the most common are a Live Interactive Telemedicine Consult and a Store-and-Forward Telemedicine Consult.

In a Live Interactive Telemedicine Consult the telemedicine provider and the patient are connected via live interactive telecommunication technologies, meaning they can see and hear each other in real time.
In a Store and Forward Telemedicine Consult the telemedicine provider and patient are not connected via live interactive telecommunication technologies. Rather, store-and-forward is the asynchronous transmission of medical information which is reviewed at a later time by a medical provider at a distant site. The medical provider receives this information and reviews it, without the patient being present.

For a more detailed explanation of the difference between Live Interactive and Store-and-Forward, as well as information on reimbursement for both types of service, watch this short video with gpTRAC expert Zoi Hils:

Like this video? Find more informational videos on the gpTRAC youtube channel here.