School-based telemedicine trackWe are happy to announce a new afternoon track devoted to school-based telemedicine. Our speakers will include Steve North, MD, MPH, founder of the Center for Rural Health Innovation (CHRI) and Billy Phillips, PhD, Executive Vice President for Rural and Community Health at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Executive Vice President and Director of the TexLa Telehealth Resource Center.

School-based telehealth allows for children to connect to health care professionals while remaining at school, which reduces school absences and allows parents to remain at work.

Dr. North and CRHI launched the MY Health-e-Schools program to provide access to comprehensive school-based health care via telemedicine at three small schools in Mitchell and Yancey counties in western North Carolina. Over the past four years the Health-e-Schools program has grown to now provide access to care for 8,000 students at 22 schools in Mitchell, McDowell, and Yancey counties. The program received the American Telemedicine Association’s 2014 Presidential Award for Health Care Delivery, Quality, and Innovation.

Dr. Phillips was involved in the creation of Project CHART, which stands for Children’s Healthcare Access for Rural Texas.

The 2015 South Central Telehealth Forum will take place on Monday, March 2, 2015 in Jackson, Mississippi at the Jackson Hilton Hotel. Telehealth experts from Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee will give presentations and lead discussions on telehealth in our region. The keynote address will be “Telehealth in the Age of Digital Health Care” presented by Nina M. Antoniotti, RN, MBA, PhD, Director of Telehealth Business, Marshfield Health System. Dr. Antoniotti is an expert in reimbursement.  Register today!

Check out our new video on the “5 Benefits of School-based Telehealth”.