NETRC Regional Conference:
Integrating Telehealth in an Evolving Landscape

Registration Deadline: September 15

NETRC invites you to register for our second annual conference, "Integrating Telehealth in an Evolving Landscape" on September 23 and 24, 2015 in beautiful Burlington, Vermont! 

We are thrilled to offer two pre-conference workshops on September 23 (Telehealth 101 and Publish & Flourish) and a full-day conference on September 24. We have an exciting agenda planned with a Keynote Address from  Charles Doarn, MBA and plenary speakers that include  Nina Antoniotti, PhD, MBA, RNTerry Rabinowitz, MD, DDSSarah Pletcher, MD, MA and  a regional example of  Project ECHO® . We will also offer morning and afternoon breakout sessions featuring regional programs, grant opportunities, and more! 

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Registration is only $50 for a pre-conference workshop (September 23), $100 for the full-day conference (September 24), or $125 for both.


Conference Group Rate Extended!

Did you register for the NETRC Regional Conference? We are thrilled to return to Burlington, VT, home of NETRC's clinical partner, the University of Vermont Medical Center, and the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center. The Sheraton is conveniently located less than five minutes from downtown Burlington and provides convenient access to Interstate-89. Complimentary shuttle service is provided to Burlington International Airport and downtown.

Our group rate at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center was extended to September 15!

Thank you to our Conference Sponsors!
Conference Co-Sponsor

Lunch Sponsor

Networking Sponsors


Break Sponsors

Honeywell Life Care Solutions
InSight Telepsychiatry
Polycom, Inc.
American Well
Valley Communications Systems, Inc.
Philips Hospital to Home

Friends of the Conference

New England Rural Health RoundTable

Complete Fall Conference Schedule


September 16-18, 2015
Washington, DC

NETRC Regional Conference

September 23-24, 2015

Burlington, VT


September 28, 2015
Portland, ME


Connected Health Symposium

October 29-30, 2015

Boston, MA

APHA: 2015 Annual Meeting

October 31 - November 4, 2015

Chicago, IL


November 5-6, 2015

Southbridge, MA
November 8-11, 2015
Washington, DC
November 12-13, 2015
Arlington, VA


Content compiled by Michael Edwards, NETRC Consultant
Telehealth Policy News
mHealth Intelligence, August 26, 2015
The Tele-Med Act of 2015 was introduced in July to the House of Representatives by Congressmen Pallone and Nunes and 24 cosponsors.  The bill calls for amending provisions of the Social Security Act to permit telehealth services for Medicare patients to be delivered across state lines.
mHealthNews, August 20, 2015
Maine Senator Angus King, a former governor, recently conducted a telehealth round-table at the University of Maine with nearly 50 health care and education leaders.  Topics identified for focused efforts include more broadband development in Maine to support telehealth access to services and more clarity and expansion of reimbursement policies, which NETRC's Andrew Solomon reviewed to the meeting.
The National Review, August 18, 2015  htm
This overview discusses the variety among states in their Medicaid reimbursement policies for services delivered by telehealth.  The trend for expanded coverage is most evident in the area of Medicaid managed care.
mHealthNews, August 10, 2015
Progressively more states are enacting laws requiring commercial health plans to cover medical services provided via telehealth to the same extent they cover medical services provided in-person.  Among recent policy changes there is a growing trend for states to expand on telehealth coverage to include remote patient monitoring and to assure payment parity for telehealth and in-person services.
Health Care Law Today, August 3, 2015
Telehealth legal expert Nathaniel Lacktman reviews the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine's policy on telehealth and finds it flexible and forward thinking in protecting patient safety while allowing for health innovation.  However, he finds fault with the guidelines' use of the terms "face-to-face" and "in-person" interchangeably and not always with consistency. 
News on the Practice of Telemedicine

FierceHealthIT, August 25, 2015
CVS Health recently announced plans to work with three telemedicine companies to examine how direct-to-consumer telehealth providers, retail pharmacy, and retail clinic providers can partner up to improve care.  This extends their efforts to expand implementation the CVS MinuteClinic kiosk solution, which now links their customers at about 1,000 sites in 32 states to primary care providers for consults to address acute health care issues.
Puget Sound Business Journal, August 25, 2015
The University of Washington in Seattle is leading a $11 million study, funded by Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, to compare two models of mental health treatment for underserved rural patients in Wasington, Arkansas, and Michigan.  The trial will enroll 1,000 primary care patients with post-traumatic stress disorder and/or bipolar disorder and provide them with services from distant mental health providers by telemedicine or with on-site services by a nurse or clinical social worker supported by the distant specialist providers.
Pharmacy Times, August 20, 2015
Dr. Jeffrey Kosowsky reviews innovations and progress in adoption for various strategies to deliver pharmacy services through telehealth and information technology interfaces.  Solutions range from new ways to implement customer and pharmacy initiated consultations and approaches to integrate pharmacists into care management teams.
Dallas Business News, August 13, 2015
Children's Health System of Texas is rolling out a telemedicine system in 57 schools after piloting in 27 schools last year.  The program allows school nurses to connect with physicians from Children's Health Pediatric Group clinics for a video consultation.
FierceHealthIT, August 10, 2015
According to research recently published in Telemedicine and e-Health, telemedicine is a valuable tool for treating children with special healthcare needs  as well children in regular childcare and school settings.  The work was completed by researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center using the Health-e-Access telemedicine model.
Federal Telemedicine News, August 9, 2015
Universities are beginning to include telemedicine in their medical and nursing education curricula, and AMD Global Telemedicine has been active in providing equipment for training.  Examples of Texas Woman's University and Old Dominion University in Virginia are cited as examples that harness this partnership.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock News, July 31, 2015
In March,  DHMC's Nephrology and Hypertension  section and the  D-H Center for Telehealth  launched a chronic kidney disease program. Care Coordinator Lisa Wheelock, RN, who runs Weeks' telehealth program, says patients have been "thoroughly impressed" with the telehealth consults. "Our list continues to grow, with new patient referrals every month," she says.
Telemedicine Technology News

HIT Consultant, August 25, 2015
HealthSpot, a provider of enclosed telemedicine kiosks used in retail clinics, recently unveiled the telehealth industry's first integrated lab test with Samsung Electronics' rapid lab testing device.  The Samsung LABGEO PT10 is a compact device that will quickly analyze patient blood from a finger stick with a variety of tests in minutes and send the results to a medical provider's electronic medical record.
JAMA Viewpoint, August 24, 2015
The Medical Device Registries Task Force was convened in 2014 as an outcome of an initiative of the Food and Drug Administraion.  The MDRTF has recently produced an analysis of problems for existing programs for registration and assessment of safety of medical devices (including telehealth equipment and electronic health records) and proposes the creation of a national medical device evaluation system.
Columbia Daily Tribune, August 22, 2015
Researchers at University of Missouri School of Nursing have adapted an unobtrusive wireless sensor system to monitor elderly people at assisted living facilities and at home.  The information gleaned from the sensors and transmitted daily to primary care providers help detect problems like upper-respiratory infections, pneumonia, and changes in chronic health conditions and allow for interventions lading to timely treatment and avoid unnecessary hospitalizations.
iMedical Apps,  August 20, 2015
A recently published review has found that the vast majority of currently available mobile apps for bipolar disorder fail to follow accepted clinical guidelines for education and management. Some even include patently wrong and potentially dangerous information.
Federal Telemedicine News, July 9, 2015
The United States Department of Agriculture has just announced $74.8 million in Telecommunications Loans and $11 Million in Community Connects grants to increase broadband access for rural areas in seven states. 

Health Information Technology News
iHealthBeat, August 10, 2015
A work group of the American College of Emergency Physicians recently published a report which concludes that local health data exchanges serve well to provide access to patient records for emergency physicians, but that major changes are needed to enable a national health information exchange.
FierceHealthIT, August 5, 2015
Strategies employed by successful Health Information Exchanges are profiled in this special report, including programs in Michigan, Indiana, and Arizona.  Connecticut's state HIE, which shut down in December, provides an example of unsuccessful sustainability.
EHR Intelligence, July 10, 2015
This overview describes how EHR technology is evolving from solely a documentation tool into a resource capable of helping coordinate care, manage population health, and demonstrate value and outcomes.  Three major capabilities that define a modern EHR include clinical decision support, accessible medication database tools, and analytics tools to enhance patient care. 
Recent Telehealth Resources

Boissin C, Fleming J, Wallis L, Hasselberg M, Laflamme L.  Can we trust the use of smartphone cameras in clinical practice? laypeople assessment of their image quality.  Telemed. eHealth [epub before print], June 2015 Link

Burke LE, Ma J, Azar KMJ, et al.  Current science on consumer use of mobile health for cardiovascular disease prevention: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association.  Circulation [epub before print], August. 2015 Link

Center for Connected Health Policy. State telehealth laws and Medicaid program policies: a comprehensive scan of the 50 states and District of Columbia.  CCHP, July 2015 Link

Center for Connected Healh Policy.  California community health centers: Financial analysis of telehealth programs.  CCHP, July, 2015  Link

Center for Connected Healh Policy.  Community health centers and telehealth: A cost analysis report & recommendations.  CCHP, July, 2015  Link

Greenwood DA, Blozis SA, Young HM, Nesbitt TS, Quinn CC.  Overcoming clinical inertia: a randomized clinical trial of a telehealth remote monitoring intervention using paired glucose testing in adults with type 2 diabetes.  J. Med. Internet Res. 17(7):e178, 2015  Link

Levy CE, Silverman E, Jia H, Geiss M, Omura D.  Effects of physical therapy delivery via home video telerehabilitation on functional and health-related quality of life outcomes.  J. Rehabil. Res. Dev. 52(3):361-370, 2015 Link

Livingstone J, Solomon J.  An assessment of the cost-effectiveness, safety of referral and patient satisfaction of a general practice teledermatology service.  London J. Prim. Care 7(2):31-35, 2015  Link

Nicholas J, Larsen ME, Proudfoot J, Christensen H.  Mobile apps for bipolar disorder: a systematic review of features and content quality.  J. Med. Internet Res. 17(8):e198, 2015  Link

O'Shea J, Berger R, Samra C, Van Durme D.  Telemedicine in education: Bridging the gap.  Educ. Health 28(1):64-67, 2015 Link

Raknim P, Lan KC.  Gait monitoring for early neurological disorder detection using sensors in a smartphone: validation and a case study of Parkinsonism.  Telemed. eHealth [epub ahead of print], August, 2015 Link

Romero-Aroca P, Sagarra-Alamo R, Pareja-Rios A, López M.  Importance of telemedicine in diabetes care: Relationships between family physicians and ophthalmologists.  World J. Diabetes 6(8):1005-1008, 2015 Link

Tanguay A, Dallaire R, Hébert D, Bégin F, Fleet R.  Rural patient access to primary percutaneous coronary intervention centers is improved by a novel integrated telemedicine prehospital system.  J. Emerg. Med. [epub ahead of print] July, 2015 Link

Theodore BR, Whittington J, Towle C, et al.  Transaction cost analysis of in-clinic versus telehealth consultations for chronic pain: preliminary evidence for rapid and affordable access to interdisciplinary collaborative consultation.  Pain Med. 16(6):1045-1056, 2015 Link

Trnka P, White MM, Renton WD, McTaggart SJ, Burke JR, Smith AC.  A retrospective review of telehealth services for children referred to a paediatric nephrologist.  BMC Nephrol. 16:125, 2015 Link

Vigil R, Kattlove J, Calouro C, Kwong MW.  Realizing the promise of telehealth for children with special health care needs.  Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, August 2015 Link

Vimalananda VG, Gupte G, Seraj SM, et al.  Electronic consultations (e-consults) to improve access to specialty care: A systematic review and narrative synthesis.  J. Telemed. Telecare [epub ahead of print], May 20, 2015 Link