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The Georgia Partnership for Telehealth Spring Conference

The Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth (GPT) was founded on the advances in the continually evolving telecommunications technologies. Since its formation in 2008, GPT has grown to become one of the most robust, comprehensive telehealth networks in the nation. The hallmark of GPT is the Georgia Telemedicine Program, an Open Access Network, which is a web of statewide access points based on strategicGPT Image partnerships with successful existing Telemedicine programs, and the creation of new Telemedicine locations, to maximize opportunities for timely specialty services. When fully realized, the Program will enable all rural Georgians to access specialty care within 30 miles of their homes. GPT’s services and support can provide state of the art telehealth solutions for all Georgians.

On March 25, 2015 GPT will be sponsoring their 6th Annual Spring Conference in Savannah, GA. The conference is a great opportunity for healthcare professionals from all medical disciplines and specialties to learn how the most up-to-date telecommunications technologies are impacting the delivery of stroke care and other healthcare services. Attendees will experience telemedicine in an applied framework, build network relationships and gain exposure to the latest in telehealth hardware and software technology. The conference will include a Grant Writing Workshop and will feature presentations from foremost experts in teleneurology.

Dr. Keith A. Sanders will be presenting a talk at the conference entitled “Outcome Analysis Demonstrates the Value of Telestroke”. Dr. Sanders is Director and Founder of the Stroke Center of St. Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta and former Chairman of the Ethics Resource Committee and a partner in Atlanta Neurology, P.C. and AcuteCare Telemedicine (ACT). “As medical practitioners, we are expected to apply the latest techniques and technologies to the treatment of our patients. However, it is incumbent upon us to analyze the outcomes to gauge whether there are meaningful benefits and share that knowledge with the greater medical community. Indeed, state-of-the-art telemedicine technology is advancing stroke care and saving lives,” says Dr. Sanders. “I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences improving outcomes and expanding access to quality, advanced stroke care with my fellow Conference attendees.”

The GPT Spring Conference will begin on March 25, 2015 and run through March 27, at the Hyatt Regency-Savannah at 2 West Bay Street, Savannah GA 31401. Online registration is now open. An array of exhibitor opportunities is now available. Additional information is available by contacting Samantha Haas at samantha.wainright@gatelehealth.org.



With Stroke, Time Lost is Brain Lost

Matthews Gwynn, MD Internal Medicine/Neurologist will be a lead-off speaker at The Stroke Care Network Conference to be held on November 20. The event promises to be a great opportunity for attendees to expand their knowledge in stroke care and to identify new improvements in stroke treatment. The Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC) is sponsoring the conference titled, “Expanding the Knowledge Base”. In addition to Dr. Gwynn, the conference will feature presentations by Terry Neill, MD Critical Care Neurologist and Jonathan McNeal, DO Neurosurgeon.

SAMC is the trusted healthcare leader in the southeast and is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for the residence of southeast Alabama, Georgia and the Florida panhandle. A leading member of the Stoke Care Network, SAMC operates as a 420-bed regional referral center, serving approximately 600,000 people throughout its neighboring communities and counties and offers a full range of healthcare services through its main campus in Dothan.

Dr. Matthews Gwynn is board certified in Internal Medicine and Neurology, has a special interest in movement disorders and has developed a special expertise in the use of botulinum toxin and is known professionally as a leader in this field in the Southeastern United States. He is the chief of Neurology at St. Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta and is on the board of directors of the Medical Association Of Atlanta and the CEO of AcuteCare Telemedicine (ACT), the leading practice-based provider of telemedicine services for hospitals seeking around-the-clock stroke and other urgent neurological care.

Terry Neill, MD Critical Care Neurologist is board certified in neurology, vascular neurology and neuro-critical care and serves as Medical Director of the Sacred Heart Regional Stroke Center with expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of stroke. He also serves as the medical director of neuro-critical care at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. Dr. Neill has special interest in neuro-critical care including stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage and traumatic brain injury.

Dr. McNeal received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine where he graduated with honors. After an internship in general surgery, Dr. McNeal completed his Neurosurgical residency at the Virginia Tech/Carillion Clinic, in Roanoke, where he served as chief resident. He is now practicing with NeuroSpine Center in Dothan.

The Stroke Care Conference will get underway at 4 pm on November 20, 2014 at the Clarion Inn & Suite located at 2195 Ross Clark Circle in Dothan, AL.



ACT Collaborates with Southeastern Medical Center on Telestroke Network

AcuteCare Telemedicine (ACT), the Southeast region’s largest practice based telemedicine provider, participated at Southeastern Alabama Medical Center’s (SAMC) press conference, announcing SAMC’s new stroke care network.

SAMC’s service area covers over 60 miles in each direction.  With technology in place, SAMC looked at possible resources to staff the new 24X7 model.  Neurologists on staff at SAMC are responsible for patients after admittance to the hospital, and often following acute symptoms or neurological events.  To be able to provide 24X7 coverage would be impossible. SAMC selected AcuteCare Telemedicine as its clinical service provider.

With this hub-spoke stroke care model, SAMC will be able to add hospitals to its network, expanding coverage across its communities.  Patients have already started to receive care, including tPA.  The initial results show improved patient outcomes.   The goal of the stroke care network is to educate communities on the importance of wellness, to identify signs before a stroke and generate awareness for the new services offerings SAMC can provide.

“Telemedicine is such a new technology for our population. We had concerns about patient adoption and comfort with being diagnosed remotely,” comments Ceclia Land, Division Director, Rehabilitation Services, SAMC.  “However, ACT integrated seamlessly into our processes, working alongside our team, to insure only the highest level of care to our patients. All of the doctors at ACT have an incredible bedside manner and are engaging.  They have become an integral part of our team.”

ACT will be on hand to diagnose and treat acute care patients. ACT offers cost-effective solutions that deliver complete on-call coverage, improve patient outcomes that adhere to HIPAA / HITECH requirements and establish a sustainable financial model for patient care.  The ACT Team of Neurological specialists are in the business of creating relationships that will serve as the foundation for improving healthcare for communities across the Southeast and Nationwide.

“SAMC has really established the new standard of care, expanding access to specialty care in underserved communities,” comments Dr. Gwynn, CEO, Partner, ACT.  “We look forward to our continued involvement with SAMC and its patients.  We have the potential to improve the statistics for residents across these communities in the hopes of saving lives lost due to stroke.  If diagnosed in time, we are able to administer tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) decreasing patient deficits after the stroke.”



ACT Discusses Teleneurology Outlook with Leading GA Stroke Professionals

Dr. Matthews Gwynn, Partner, AcuteCare Telemedicine (ACT) delivered a presentation discussing the future of teleneurology in the next decade during the quarterly meeting of the Georgia Stroke Professional Alliance (GSPA) on Wednesday, August 15th.

Dr. Gwynn’s presentation, visible online in its entirety here, was entitled “Beyond tPA: Teleneurology for This Decade.” Dr. Gwynn opened the presentation by discussing the prevalence of stroke, and covered a brief historical outline of the integration of telemedicine technologies in cutting edge neurological care. He then offered case studies demonstrating the value of teleneurology in creating a higher standard of stroke care in the future. Dr. Gwynn illustrated that teleneurology carries added benefits for not only improving care, but also serving to help healthcare providers meet changing standards and tightening budgets.

The audience was comprised of 60 of Georgia’s leading stroke professionals representing health care organizations across the state. The GSPA’s mission is to prevent stroke and optimize stroke care through professional networking and education. ACT is committed to promoting the availability and provision of specialized healthcare services in rural and underserved parts of Georgia through telemedicine technology.

“It is important to share and discuss with practitioners how the latest advancements in technology and technique can improve the prevention and treatment of stroke,” said Gwynn. “Presenting a positive outlook on the future of teleneurology to the GSPA was an outstanding opportunity to share our vision with other individuals who are leaders in our field. Hospitals, healthcare providers, and most important, Georgia citizens at risk for stroke benefit greatly from this exchange of knowledge.”

For more information about Dr. Gwynn and ACT, visit www.acutecaretelemed.com.

 



Checking in From the 2012 ATA Conference

AcuteCare Telemedicine (ACT) Sales Executive Michael Woodcock attended the 2012 American Telehealth Association Conference, the world’s largest telemedicine, telehealth, and mHealth event in San Jose, California.

Greetings from San Jose!

The 2012 ATA Conference has been very impressive. This year’s conference has drawn a record number of attendees (4,500) and more than 175 vendor exhibits. The exposition features several booths with groundbreaking new products and services. Attendees have been encouraged to share news and notes and interact with the conference on social media platforms, which is demonstrative of the kind of technical innovation on display here.

In addition to the exhibitions, there have been a large number of interesting presentations and discussions on a wide variety of topics relating to telehealth and telemedicine. I have attended highly informative Industry Executive Panels on growth sectors in telemedicine, reimbursement issues facing the industry, and perspectives on the state of mobile applications and their compliance with HIPAA as they relate to telemedicine.

Some of the highlight sessions included Model Telemed Programs (a Georgia Partnership for Telehealth presentation from Paula Guy), a feature presentation on Telemedicine and its profitability, and a keynote address by Apple co-founder and tech advocate Steve Wozniak. There are too many presentation topics to list, but suffice it to say the conference is a comprehensive, in-depth look at all facets of the industry. It is exciting to see the growing influence of telemedicine as a potent solution to many pressing healthcare issues.

A link to the full conference program can be found here.