Kenneth M. McConnochie, MD, MPH

Dr. McConnochie is a pediatrician, clinical epidemiologist, and health services innovator. His current position is Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Cornell University School of Medicine (1971), he completed his Pediatric Residency and General Academic Pediatric Fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He also holds a Master's Degree in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Rochester. Experience includes positions as Medical Director and family physician, Lowndes County (Alabama) Health Services Association (National Health Services Corps) and Director of Pediatric Ambulatory Programs, Rochester General Hospital. His research has focused on etiology of childhood respiratory illness (e.g., bronchiolitis and asthma); socioeconomic disparities in childhood morbidity burden; home nursing to replace hospital inpatient care for acute, moderately-severe, childhood illness; and telemedicine.

Experience with telemedicine includes the development, evaluation and scale up of the Health-e-Access Telemedicine Model. Through this program, health services for children with acute medical problems located at convenient access sites (city childcare centers, schools, child development centers and community service centers) have received care through over 15,000 telemedicine visits by physicians and nurse practitioners located in their offices or homes. Continuity within the primary care medical home is a primary objective of this innovation. Health-e-Access was funded initially by the US Department of Commerce Technology Opportunities Program, and by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation along with matching funds from multiple local foundations and individual donors. Expansion and evaluation of the program was supported by grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Reimbursement for these telemedicine visits has been provided by all Rochester-area insurance organizations.