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2019 Telehealth Research Symposium

The 2019 UTHSC-Telehealth Research Symposium will showcase connected health efforts, strategies, and partnerships, specifically those that focus on the research of telemedicine, telehealth, eHealth, mHealth, and other healthcare technologies.

The 2019 UTHSC-Telehealth Research Symposium is scheduled for Monday April 8th, 2019. The event is sponsored by UTHSC Office of Research, College of Health Professions, and is grant funded by Downtown Memphis Commission. 

The Symposium will focus on sharing findings from existing telehealth research to demonstrate lessons learned from connected health programs with an emphasis on planning, research, training and education. It will provide researchers developing new telehealth processes and care models with a collaborative space to learn from each other and discuss how these technologies can help improve patient care and collaborate for research funding.

Event Information:

Monday April 8, 2019
8:30 am to 1:00 pm
Main Auditorium, Methodist Le Bonheur Community Outreach Building
600 Jefferson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38105

Parking is available in front and around the sides of the building, as well as in the overflow lots across Neely Street. Mapquest directions are available at this link.

For more information, contact Sajeesh Kumar.

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Schedule of Events

Collaboration and teamwork leads to extraordinary results. Current and future Telehealth researchers are welcome. 

8:30 am - 8:50 am -  Arrival and Registration 

9:00 am - 9:15 am - Introduction and Opening Remarks
Kennard D. Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, FACHE
Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operations Officer
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, TN

9:20 am - 9:40 am - Tele-Nutrition Transforms Medical Nutrition Therapy
Dee Pratt, RDN, LDN
Dietitian Associates, Inc.
Memphis, TN
About Dee Pratt

9:40 am - 10:00 am - Telehealth Programs in Tennessee
Joshua E. Scales, CLSSGB
HIT Manager
Tennessee Primary Care Association
Nashville, TN

10:00 am - 10:20 am - Telemedicine Opportunities in Prehospital Medicine 

Lt. Kevin Spratlin, MS, NRP, Memphis Fire Department, Memphis, TN

A call to 911 serves as the gateway to health care for many patients. In many cases, these patients’ needs could be better served in a primary care setting. Telemedicine capabilities will enable EMS professionals to safely navigate patients to more appropriate care while improving the availability of emergency response resources for higher-acuity calls. Recent CMS regulatory changes will serve to improve the feasibility of these programs.

About Lt. Spratlin


10:20 am - 10:40 am - Lessons Learned - Continuing the Telemedicine Program After the Grant

Sarah Rhoads, PhD, DNP, WHNP-BC, FAAN, Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN

Research projects often have a limited time frame and budget. Careful consideration and selection of the type of technology used and implementation in the clinical setting is essential for sustainability after the research project has ended. This presentation will discuss lessons learned from previous connected health technology program grants and research projects with an emphasis on sustainability after the funding has ended.

About Dr. Rhoads


10:40 am - 11:00 am - “This is like the Jetson's”: Telehealth Services in a Nurse-Managed Health Center

Nan M. Gaylord, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAANP, FAAN, Professor, College of Nursing, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

The Vine School Health Center, a nurse-managed school-based primary care clinic serving children in Knox County who have difficulty accessing primary care. It is cooperative effort between Knox County Schools and has been in existence since 1995; telehealth clinical services were instituted in 2011. The VSHC also serves 10 additional schools with telehealth services and on-site services once/week. School nurses from the 10 selected schools contact VSHC when a child needs to be seen and services have been requested by the parents.

About Dr. Gaylord


11:00 am - 11:20 am - Telehealth at Rural Health Association of Tennessee
Rebecca Jolley, MBA
Executive Director
Rural Health Association of Tennessee
Decaturville, TN

11:20 am - 11:40 am - Telehealth Research Resources
Hari Eswaran, PhD, and Joe Schaffner, MBA
South Central Telehealth Resource Center
Little Rock, AR

11:40 am - 12:00 pm - Lunch Break
Sponsored by the UTHSC Department of Health Informatics and Information Management

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm - Group Discussions
Group Discussion 1: Tennessee Telehealth Consortium
Group Discussion 2: Tennessee Telehealth Research Opportunities

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm - Group Briefing and Closing Remarks
Sajeesh Kumar, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Health Informatics and Information Management
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, TN

Moderator: Sajeesh Kumar, PhD, Health Informatics and Information Management at UTHSC
Program Coordinators: Sandra Madubuonwu, MSN, CNS, CLC, RN, Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing Scholar and Director of Maternal-Child, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center's Office of Research staff

Last Published: Apr 4, 2019