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"RURAL HEALTH AT A DIGITAL CROSSROADS:
IMPROVING CARE WITH TELEHEALTH"
December 15, 2016
Telehealth offers improved care that can lead to lower total health care costs as specialized treatment is made available in remote and insular areas. This enables early diagnosis and treatment, and improves conditions for compliance rates. Telehealth also assists preventative care and treatment of chronic conditions.
The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) and Smart Rural Community (SRC) explored these data in an innovative event that combined rural broadband professionals, health care experts, and telemedicine developers for conversation and technical demonstrations.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Shirley Bloomfield, Chief Executive Officer, NTCA
Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R–W.Va.)
Rural Health at a Digital Crossroads
Rural America faces a shortage of health care specialists to treat chronic and acute medical needs. This panel discusses the prevalence of various chronic conditions in rural areas, and usefulness of broadband-enabled telehealth to facilitate treatment and improve patient compliance. This panel also explores the role of telehealth in acute medical care.
Dr. Andrew Coburn, Research Professor, Public Health, University of Southern Maine
Dr. Karen S. Rheuban, Medical Director, Office of Telemedicine, University of Virginia
Mark Shlanta, Chief Executive Officer, SDN Communications
Moderator: Josh Seidemann, Vice President of Policy, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association
Broadband-enabled telehealth relies upon a variety of wireline and wireless services. This panel features telehealth developers who provide a demonstration of their technologies and describe the costs and benefits of them. This panel explores both home-based and clinic/hospital solutions for chronic and acute care.
Panel Introduction: Jason Dandridge, Chief Executive Officer, Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
Burgess Harrison, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Ankota
Scott Magargee, Senior Vice President, Locus Health
Matthew Rumbaugh, Director of National Network Relations for Telehealth Services, University of Mississippi Medical Center
Moderator: Brian Scarpelli, Senior Regulatory Counsel, ACT-The App Association
Health care is governed by specific laws that address the privacy of patient information. This session explores network capability requirements to support telehealth and related security risks and solutions.
Robert Rahrig, Director of Information Technology, NTCA
Dustin Baker, Senior Network Engineer, NTCA
11:35 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Vendor Demonstrations and Networking