Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Full Day Conference

7:30 – 8:00 Exhibit Hall Open (coffee, tea, and muffins provided)
8:00 – 8:15 Welcome
8:15 – 9:00 Keynote Address: Taking Telehealth Mainstream
Setting the stage for the day, we'll explore the history of the successes and failures in telehealth and consider future opportunities for comprehensive telehealth integration.
Speaker: Elizabeth A. Krupinski, PhD, FSIIM, FSPIE, FATA, Professor & Vice Chair for Research, Departments of Radiology & Imaging Sciences, Psychology, and Medical Informatics, Emory University
9:00 – 9:45 Local Perspectives: What does "Mainstream" Telehealth Mean?
How might telehealth shape the future of urban academic medical centers or rural health systems? Discover the ideas and opinions of leaders in Massachusetts.
Speakers: Heather M. Meyers, MBA, Sr. Program Manager, Digital Health, Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Rebecca Bialecki, PhD, Vice President of Community Health and Chief Change Agent, Heywood Healthcare.
9:45 – 10:30 Emerging Models in Telehealth: eConsults, Project ECHO, and More
Learn how the Community Health Center, Inc. and the Weitzman Institute are revolutionizing telehealth in Connecticut and beyond.
Speaker: Daren Anderson, MD, VP/Chief Quality Officer, Community Health Center, Inc., Associate Professor of Medicine, Quinnipiac University, Director, Weitzman Institute
10:30 – 11:00 Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall (coffee & tea provided)
11:00 – 12:00 Breakout Sessions Featuring Regional Programs (choose one)
  1. Infusing Telehealth Technology into Academic Healthcare Curricula
    Join the UMass College of Nursing to explore how they have successfully integrated telehealth seamlessly into their undergraduate and graduate curricula through an innovative Telehealth Training Laboratory.
    Speakers: Jean DeMartinis, PhD, FNP-BC, Associate Professor; and Gabrielle Abelard, DNP, PMHNP-BC, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  2. Strategic Approaches to Integrating Telehealth: A Health System Perspective
    Learn how New York’s largest health system, Northwell Health, is integrating a variety of telehealth services, from eICU, to home monitoring and direct-to-consumer services.
    Speaker: Iris Berman, RN, MSN, CCRN-K, VP, Telehealth Services, Northwell Health
  3. A Community Hospital's Journey into DTC Virtual Care
    York Hospital will discuss their experiences in planning, designing, piloting, and marketing a direct-to-consumer urgent care service in southern Maine.
    Speaker: Erich Fogg, PA-C, MMSc, EM-CAQ, Clinical Lead, York Hospital Virtual Care Walk-in Service
  4. 12 Essential Steps to Building a Telemedicine Program
    North Country Telehealth Partnership (NY), with over 2,000 patient encounters since 2014, will share their process for effectively growing a rural telehealth program.
    Speakers: David C. Johnson, Telehealth Program Coordinator, Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization; and Katy Cook, MS, Telemedicine Project Coordinator, Adirondack Health Institute
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (provided) and Exhibit Hall
1:00 – 2:00 Breakout Sessions Featuring Regional Programs (choose one)
  1. Aging in Place with Community-Based Remote Monitoring Programs
    Innovative programs coordinated through town and county governments are offering telehealth services to improve health outcomes for seniors, from increased engagement and physical activity to decreased hospitalizations.
    Speaker: James L. Lisher, Chairman of the New Canaan iSTEP Seniors Telehealth Wellness Program and TIPS-CT Low Income Senior Telehealth Program
  2. Critical Access to Critical Care: Utilizing Connected Care Partnerships to Support Rural Healthcare Teams
    Explore how D-H Connected Care is linking rural hospitals to a centralized hub 24/7 to support critical Emergency Department and ICU services.
    Speakers: Colleen Clancy Harrington RN, MSN, M.Ed, CNOR TeleEmergency Program Manager; and Kara Desjardins, MBA, TeleICU Program Manager, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Connected Care
  3. The Day Your Non-Acute Care is Virtually Augmented
    The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, a member institution of the Partners Healthcare System (MA), will share their initiatives to offer virtual consultations, virtual care coordination, and direct-to-patient virtual visits.
    Speaker: Jaye E. Hefner, MD, Chief of Medicine, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital; and Cheng Bin Zhang, Telehealth Program Manager, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network
  4. Increasing Access: Leveraging Telemental Health to Reach Unique Populations
    A panel of local leaders will identify best practices and lessons learned in delivering telemental health services to a variety of populations, including rural nursing home residents, pregnant and postpartum women, and private practice clients.
    Speakers: Terry Rabinowitz, MD, DDS, Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine, Larner College of Medicine, Medical Director, Division of Consultation Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine, University of Vermont Medical Center; Nancy Byatt, DO, MS, MBA, FAPM, Medical Director, MCPAP for Moms, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics & Gynecology, UMass Memorial Medical Center/UMass Medical School; and Sheryl LaCoursiere, PhD, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, APRN, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston
2:00 – 2:30 Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall (coffee, tea, cookies, and brownies provided)
2:30 – 3:15 The Legal and Regulatory Outlook
We'll identify opportunities to address emerging legal and regulatory issues that might need to be considered before telehealth really goes "Mainstream".
Speaker: Nathaniel M. Lacktman, Esq., Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
3:15 – 3:45 The Future of Telehealth Technology
As telehealth continues to grow, what will become the "mainstream" technology? Join us for bold predictions.
Speaker: Garret Spargo, MA, Principle Investigator, National Telehealth Technology Assessment Resource Center
3:45 - 4:00 Closing
Don’t miss a door prize drawing and a special announcement about the Northeast Telehealth Leadership Forum.