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.

gpTRAC Forum Wrap Up

Carl Taylor Keynote Lecture

Greetings friends!  This year’s gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Forum was a great success, and we have YOU to thank for it!  Over 100 people attended 18 presentations and panel discussions and visited with 20 vendors over the day and a half conference last month in Minneapolis. 

Highlights included: 

  • Keynote lectures from Carl Taylor on “Connecting with a Purpose” and Rob Sprang on the Future of telehealth and healthcare 
  • Modeling telehealh business strategies including healthcare cost savings plans, sustainable telehealth workflow solutions, and the development and propogation of innovation centers 
  • Exploring “out of the box” telehealth strategies including desktop video consultations to nursing home residents, telemedicine and the Department of Defense, and Project Access Epilepsy in rural Nebraska
  • Telehealth implementation strategies including the use telehealth for chronic disease management and diabetes management, and success stories from U of MN’s Amplatz Childrens Hospital and Fairview’s Telemedicine ICU Hub, and
  • And supporting telehealth strategies including preparing providers to use telehealth technology, smartphone-telehealth mobility, and the importance of broadband and the FCC’s healthcare connect program. 
  • Additionally, participants heard from two group panels on home telehealth solutions and mental health care solutions, and participated in a post-forum grant writing workshop sponsored by Polycom. 

Every individual brought with them their organization’s latest and best telehealth strategies, and the collaborative discussion and learning that took place as those ideas spread was inspiring.  We would especially like to thank this year’s sponsors, exhibitors and presenters for their contributions to the 2013 gpTRAC Regional Forum.  We look forward to continuing to support the Great Plains Region throughout the coming year and have already begun planning next year’s Regional Telehealth Forum… details to come!    

gpTRAC staff and volunteers

  • Looking for downloadable copies of the 2013 gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Forum presentations?  Find those here.
  • Additional questions or comments about the 2013 gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Forum?  As always, feel to contact gpTRAC through our website or by phone at 888-239-7092.