South Central Telehealth Forum to be Held March 2

By Ben Boulden

The South Central Telehealth Forum is organized by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Center for Distance Health and the South Central Telehealth Resource Center, which serves Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. Experts from the region will give presentations, lead discussions and network about telehealth.

The cost is $160 per person. An early bird rate of $135 is available through Feb. 1. For more information and to register, go to learntelehealth.org/sctf2015 and click on “Conference Registration,” or call (855) 664-3450.

Nationally recognized reimbursement expert Nina M. Antoniotti, R.N., M.B.A., Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker. She is the program director of the Marshfield, Wisconsin-based Marshfield Clinic TeleHealth Network. Antoniotti has been involved in the development of national technology and operational guidelines for telehealth standards and has presented at regional and national telehealth and technology conferences in the areas of integration, business plan development, clinical services, evaluation, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and needs assessment.

The conference also will feature nationally recognized speakers and panelists from the South Central region of Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. Discussion panels will focus on clinical, education, administrative and technical aspects of developing telehealth programs and will demonstrate regional programs.

Two pre-conference workshops, Telehealth Fundamentals and Developing a Statewide Telemedicine Program: Hand Trauma and Trauma Image Repository, start at 12:30 p.m.

March 1.  For more information or to register for a workshop, go to: learntelehealth.org/sctf2015 and click on “PreConference Registration.” The cost is $45 per person.”

“Telehealth requires teamwork and this year, presentations are given from the team approach,” said Erin Bush, the center’s program director. “The clinical, administrative, and technical pieces of program development and management will be presented holistically. The South Central Telehealth Resource Center and UAMS Center for Distance Health encourage health care administrators, nurses, physicians, clinical information technology leaders and others with an interest in the field to attend.”

Several technology vendors and other businesses and organizations also will have booths and exhibitions at the conference. Continuing education credits will be offered.

The resource center functions primarily through a website that works in partnership with the UAMS Center for Distance Health’s Training Center. It focuses on telehealth education and peer interactions online. It also conducts hands-on training in its training center or on site. The project is funded by the federal Health Resource Services Administration Office for the Advancement of Telehealth through the Telehealth Resource Center grant program.



UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; northwest Arkansas regional campus; statewide network of regional centers; and six institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,727 students, 822 medical residents and five dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses throughout the state, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on FacebookTwitterYouTube or Instagram.

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