Fourth Annual Pediatric Telehealth Colloquium (California)

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This project supported the Fourth Annual Pediatric Telehealth Colloquium, held in September 2009 in Palm Springs, California. While many pediatric telehealth programs have shown benefit to patients and reduced health care costs within the framework of a financially sustainable model, others have failed. The conference created a forum to discuss and disseminate information on factors for successful programs. The objectives of the meeting were to: 1) provide an overview of the technical, administrative, and clinical operations of a telemedicine program; 2) demonstrate how telemedicine can be used to assist in the care of pediatric patients in a variety of clinical settings; 3) disseminate information on the successful use of this technology to improve the access, quality, and efficiency of care delivered to children; 4) provide the information required to ensure a self-sustaining, financially viable, successful telemedicine program; and 5) share current efforts on how to evaluate and research the impact of telemedicine on processes and outcomes of care.

The main objective of the project was to:

  • Disseminate information about how telemedicine is used in a variety of care settings, how telemedicine improves access and increases education, and how to create a financially-sustainable framework to decrease disparities in care, increase the overall quality of care, and decrease overall health care costs.

The conference was a featured track of the third mid-year meeting of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), and drew an audience of approximately 150. Attendees included physician and non-physician health care providers, strategic and business development officers, and information technology specialists interested in developing or expanding a sustainable telemedicine program. The meeting featured interactive lectures, concurrent scientific sessions, and workshops. Speakers were clinicians, administrators, and technicians from a variety of settings including new and established telehealth programs from hub and remote sites, rural, and underserved areas.

Topics covered the basic technology of telemedicine and telecommunications; the use of telemedicine to improve and increase outreach; the legal, regulatory, reimbursement, and contracting issues of a program; how telemedicine can improve the quality and efficiency of pediatric care delivered to children in a variety of settings; grant and funding opportunities; and strategies for sustainability. Following the meeting, a course DVD was provided free of charge to providers, administrators, and technicians from rural and/or medically underserved clinics and hospitals.

4th Annual Pediatric Telehealth Colloquium - 2010

Summary Highlights

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  • Funding Mechanism: 
    PA: HS06-074: Small Grant Program for Conference Support (R13)
  • Grant Number: 
    R13 HS 018310
  • Project Period: 
    September 2009 – August 2010, Including No-Cost Extension
  • AHRQ Funding Amount: 
    $49,520
  • PDF Version: 
    (PDF, 371.84 KB)


Target Population: Medically Underserved, Pediatric*

Summary: Regionalization of children’s services has led to higher quality care and improved outcomes for pediatric patients. However, regionalization can lead to disparities in access for children living in nonurban areas. Telemedicine allows pediatricians and pediatric specialists to provide care to children who live in rural, remote, and underserved communities, thereby reducing health care delivery disparities. The Fourth Annual Pediatric Telehealth Colloquium built upon previous conferences to show participants how telemedicine can be used in a variety of care settings, to increase quality of care and reduce health care costs, and how to create a financially-sustainable framework. The conference covered the topics of basic telemedicine and telecommunications technology; ways that telemedicine can be used to improve outreach, strategic, and administrative planning; funding opportunities; technical and equipment support; and techniques for education, research, and advancement of telemedicine in existing programs. The program was promoted to all remote sites that currently use telemedicine and those that are interested in using telemedicine. The conference subsidized the attendance cost of rural providers and providers working in medically-underserved communities.

Specific Aim:
  • Disseminate information about how telemedicine is used in a variety of care settings, how telemedicine improves access and increases education, and how to create a financially-sustainable framework to decrease disparities in care, increase the overall quality of care, and decrease overall health care costs. (Achieved)

2010 Activities: The conference was held on September 24 and 25, 2009 in Palm Springs, California, as part of the American Telemedicine Association Mid-Year Meeting. The learning objectives and main areas of the conference were: overview of current status of telemedicine in pediatric care; administrative and strategic planning; inpatient and outpatient specialty care; international telemedicine; education and telemedicine; child development and telemental health; and alternate applications of telehealth. All conference presentations were compiled on a CD, which is available to conference participants.

Grantee's Most Recent Self-Reported Quarterly Status (as of August 2010): The conference was completed in 2009 on time and on budget. There were no activities to report on in 2010.

Preliminary Impact and Findings: All conference presentations were compiled on a CD.

Strategic Goal: Develop and disseminate health IT evidence and evidence-based tools to support patient-centered care, the coordination of care across transitions in care settings, and the use of electronic exchange of health information to improve quality of care.

Business Goal: Synthesis and Dissemination

*AHRQ Priority Population.

Fourth Annual Pediatric Telehealth Colloquium - Final Report

Citation:
Marcin J. Fourth Annual Pediatric Telehealth Colloquium - Final Report. (Prepared by the University of California, Davis under Grant No. R13 HS018310). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2010. (PDF, 145.17 KB)

The findings and conclusions in this document are those of the author(s), who are responsible for its content, and do not necessarily represent the views of AHRQ. No statement in this report should be construed as an official position of AHRQ or of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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