Change is one constant in the history of successful rural economic development. The FRS website will help you respond and adjust to meet your community needs whether you are in the midst of good or bad economic times. We owe it to our youth and our rural communities to participate in economic development.”
Dana Baker
- GVNW Consulting


March 29, 2017

Room Capitol AB
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

The event will feature the release of a white paper by NTCA’s Smart Rural Community initiative, titled “Anticipating Economic Returns of Rural Telehealth,” and a roundtable discussion.

8:30 a.m. Doors Open
9:00 a.m. Keynote
9:20 a.m. White Paper Presentation
9:50 – 11:30 a.m. Roundtable
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Q&A

FRS is taking special interest in telehealth as an opportunity to enable improved healthcare in rural areas at more efficient costs. Our goal is to increase awareness of rural telehealth issues and their economic benefits by sharing expert perspectives.

View a pdf version of the paper "Anticipating Economic Returns of Rural Telehealth" here.


Jenny Dittes

Rick Schadelbauer


Past Telehealth Events


December 15, 2016
Washington, D.C.


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.

9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Shirley Bloomfield, Chief Executive Officer, NTCA

9:05 a.m.
Keynote Address
Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R–W.Va.)

9:25 a.m.
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

10:15 a.m.
Technically Speaking
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

11:00 a.m.
Securely Yours
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

11:30 a.m.
Closing Remarks

11:35 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Vendor Demonstrations and Networking

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