IRHA ANNUAL CONFERENCE RECAP
It is hard to believe that 2018 is more than halfway gone! Just a couple of weeks ago, the Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center (UMTRC) staff participated in the Indiana Rural Health Association’s (IRHA’s) 21st Annual Conference! The conference, held at the historic French Lick Resort and Casino in French Lick, Indiana drew 557 attendees from all over the country. There were 5 separate telehealth breakout sessions including topics from the culture changes in telehealth programs, the Cincinnati VA telehealth programs, avoiding transfers, emergency telemedicine, and infant mortality with a combined attendance of 140 people. The National Telehealth Technology Assessment Center staff traveled all the way from Anchorage, Alaska to provide a Telehealth Showcase that allowed participants to compare various telehealth dermatology cameras and digital stethoscopes.
Those of you familiar with the staff of the IRHA and UMTRC may know that we refer to ourselves as ‘rural ninjas’. In keeping with a ninja-like philosophy, we are never ones to rest on our own laurels. Therefore, it is therefore our pleasure to announce that next year; the UMTRC will be hosting its 1st inaugural stand-alone telehealth conference! The 2019 UMTRC Annual Conference will be held in South Bend, Indiana on July 23-24, 2019 at the Gillespie Conference Center. The Gillespie Center is located between the beautiful campuses of St. Mary’s and Notre Dame. Please save these dates on your 2019 calendars, and look for more information in the fall.
- Is your door open, closed, or somewhere in between? Telehealth and Telemedicine can be intimidating, scary, exciting, and to some completely absurd. Some close the door, and think, absolutely not, we cannot see patients and communicate with other providers through a screen.
- What's a mile long and packed with 45,000 people from over 90 countries? If you guessed the HIMSS 2019 Annual Conference, you would be correct!