Registration Open for the 2016 South Central Telehealth Forum to be Held Aug. 1-2

By Ben Boulden

The forum is sponsored by the South Central Telehealth Resource Center (SCTRC), which provides telehealth media and education for Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. The SCTRC is part of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Center for Distance Health.

The conference (#SCTF2016 on Twitter) will bring together presenters and partners from across the country who will share tools, resources and techniques on how to use telemedicine along with mobile phones and other wireless technology to provide high quality health care.

Multiple instructional tracks will be available over the two days. Topics include include: Tele-genetics; Tele-emergency; Telehealth Foundations; Policy, Administration and Reimbursement; Clinical and Chronic Disease Management; Pediatric and School-based Telemedicine; Population Health and abstract presentations on leading edge topics in telemedicine.

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Keynote speakers will be Mario Gutierrez, director of the Center for Connected Health Policy in Sacramento, California, and Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Organization.

Gutierrez has more than 30 years of experience in California’s nonprofit health and health philanthropy sectors. He also serves as chairman of the Rural Policy Research Institute and on the Board of Directors of Oregon Community Health Information Network (OCHIN), one of the largest and most successful health information networks.

Morgan has more than 22 years of experience in health policy development at the state and federal level. He is the co-author of the sixth edition of “Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care” as well as numerous policy articles published in academic and medical journals.

Also speaking at the conference will be Curtis Lowery, M.D., chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the UAMS College of Medicine and founder of the UAMS Center for Distance Health, and David Charles, chief medical officer at the Vanderbilt Neurosciences Institute and director of telemedicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Several technology vendors and other businesses and organizations also will have booths and exhibitions at the conference.

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 comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a northwest Arkansas regional campus; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 3,021 students, 789 medical residents and two dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS regional centers throughout the state. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.