The Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center (GRHIC), the Global Partnership for Telehealth, and the Southeastern Telehealth Resource Center hosted the 2022 Georgia Telehealth Forum at Mercer University on December 2.
Dr. Jean Sumner, MD, FACP, Mercer University School of Medicine dean, talked about the future of virtual health care at the Georgia Telehealth Forum. Telehealth provides high-quality, efficient care for patients, especially residents in rural communities where access to health care is limited.
Michele Madison, a partner of Madison, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, covered policy and legislative updates that affect the future of telehealth access beyond the public health emergency and into 2023.
Jessica Nalesnik, RN/BSN, director of Outpatient Care Management at MaineGeneral Health, and Vicki Fuller, RN, joined us at the Georgia Telehealth Forum. They shared how their remote patient monitoring pilot program drastically reduced readmission rates for congestive heart failure. MaineGeneral achieved a CMS-CHF readmission rate of 0% compared to 20% and 26.7% in the same months the prior year.
Dr. Dominic Mack of Morehouse School of Medicine shared information about the shift toward a national health IT infrastructure to support greater health information data exchange at the Georgia Telehealth Forum. His presentation focused on EHR interoperabililty and data standardization.
Michael Barker, CISSP, CISA, LPI, gave an informative presentation on cybersecurity at the Georgia Telehealth Forum held at Mercer University. Protecting patient data is of paramount importance in the digital health arena.