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Georgia Telehealth Initiative
Suleima Salgado, MBA
Telehealth Director
September 30, 2013
Background
• Georgia is ranked 40th in the nation in physician distribution in
terms of specialty and geographic location,...
America’s Health Rankings
America’s Health Rankings
Plan of Action
• The future of health care has arrived, and it can happen within
Georgia’s local health departments.
• Cap...
What is Telehealth?
Telehealth vs. Telemedicine
• Telehealth- private, secure, video conferencing network
• Telemedicine – The use of medical ...
Telehealth Goals
• Increase access to care
 Address the state’s most pressing health challenges, including
infant mortali...
Telehealth Technology
Network Hub (Waycross, GA)
• Waycross was chosen as the State
hub because of the rural location
which allows us to receive...
Telehealth Sites
Telehealth Use
• Administrative/Operational - employment interviews,
staff meetings, HR updates, professional development,...
• Decreased travel and lost wages for patients
• Better utilization of work time and decreased travel
costs for staff
• Ac...
Telemedicine
• Originating Site - the actual
location where a patients is
located
• Medical Cart – interactive and
secure ...
Telemedicine Technology
High Risk OB Clinic
New Innovation
• Centering Pregnancy
• Ultrasound / Colposcopy
• Consult w/ Maternal Fetal
Medicine Sp...
Teledentistry
Adaption
• School-based dental clinic
provides cleaning, fluoride,
x-rays, and education
• Referrals and cas...
Telemedicine Cart Deployment
GLYNN County HD:
• Staff Training
– Hands-on use
– Technical Assistance
– Scheduling Training...
Some Telemedicine Partners
Telehealth Summit (Waycross)
Future Growth
• Secure Additional Funding Sources
– Purchase five additional telemedicine carts
• Increase Distant Learnin...
Contact Information
GA Public Health Video Network
1.855.PHVIDEO
Jackie Woodard
jewoodard@dhr.state.ga.us
912.287.4960
Sul...
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Georgia 2013 telehealth presentation

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Department of Public Health Telehealth presentation to the Association of Counties Conference 2013

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Georgia 2013 telehealth presentation

  1. 1. Georgia Telehealth Initiative Suleima Salgado, MBA Telehealth Director September 30, 2013
  2. 2. Background • Georgia is ranked 40th in the nation in physician distribution in terms of specialty and geographic location, according to the Georgia Board of Physician Workforce. • Fifty-two percent of all physicians are located in five primary areas that serve just 38% of the population. • In 2008, 32 of the state’s 159 counties had fewer than five physicians. • In Georgia, obesity is more prevalent among non-Hispanic blacks at 37.6% than non-Hispanic whites at 26.1%.
  3. 3. America’s Health Rankings
  4. 4. America’s Health Rankings
  5. 5. Plan of Action • The future of health care has arrived, and it can happen within Georgia’s local health departments. • Capitalize on existing infrastructure to deliver additional innovative services across Georgia. • In 2011, DPH expanded the delivery of high-quality services to counties throughout the state via telehealth. • The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) established the Visual Collaboration Network designed to reach more than 300,000 monthly clients who participate in program
  6. 6. What is Telehealth?
  7. 7. Telehealth vs. Telemedicine • Telehealth- private, secure, video conferencing network • Telemedicine – The use of medical information exchange from one site to another via electronic communications. Two-way, real time interactive audio and video telecommunication equipment. May involve medical scopes, x-rays, ultrasound or other medical applications.
  8. 8. Telehealth Goals • Increase access to care  Address the state’s most pressing health challenges, including infant mortality, oral health, obesity and associated diseases  Connect Georgians with the specialized care they need that may not exist in every community, i.e. monitoring of a high-risk pregnancy. • Increase capacity at DPH sites statewide  Implement Telehealth in each of the state’s 18 Public Health Districts and all 159 counties
  9. 9. Telehealth Technology
  10. 10. Network Hub (Waycross, GA) • Waycross was chosen as the State hub because of the rural location which allows us to receive the Universal Services Funds as well as a history of telehealth use and experience. • SEHD began using Telemedicine at Ware County Health Department in 1993. • Due to success of program, SEHD decided to build its own network. • Funding was secured from grants, programs, and special projects.
  11. 11. Telehealth Sites
  12. 12. Telehealth Use • Administrative/Operational - employment interviews, staff meetings, HR updates, professional development, conferences; • Emergency Preparedness - virtual District Operations Center, community partner engagement, language translation, planning, communication, and training; • Infectious Disease - specialty clinical care for HIV/AIDS patients; • Nutrition/WIC - individual education, consultation, breastfeeding support, and recorded training sessions;
  13. 13. • Decreased travel and lost wages for patients • Better utilization of work time and decreased travel costs for staff • Access to specialty services and training not available in rural settings • Reaches populations that may otherwise never receive services (convenience) • High patient satisfaction Telehealth Benefits
  14. 14. Telemedicine • Originating Site - the actual location where a patients is located • Medical Cart – interactive and secure telecommunications system • Distant Site – The site where physician or practitioner is located • Medical Cart • Distant Site • Originating Site
  15. 15. Telemedicine Technology
  16. 16. High Risk OB Clinic New Innovation • Centering Pregnancy • Ultrasound / Colposcopy • Consult w/ Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist Children’s Medical Services Adaption • Asthma/Allergy • Developmental and Genetics • Pediatric Neurosurgery • Endocrinology Telemedicine Projects WIC Nutrition New Innovation • Breastfeeding Support • Nutrition Education • Staff Training/Development HIV/AIDS Adaption • Patients at local clinics see DPH Infectious Disease specialist • Mobile presentations from home or community setting
  17. 17. Teledentistry Adaption • School-based dental clinic provides cleaning, fluoride, x-rays, and education • Referrals and case management for follow-up • Primarily HRSA Grant funded • Access to children in four counties Telemedicine Projects
  18. 18. Telemedicine Cart Deployment GLYNN County HD: • Staff Training – Hands-on use – Technical Assistance – Scheduling Training • Future Measurable Results – Compare caseloads – # of connections from unit – # of patients seen – Mileage savings and/or total cost savings • Next Steps – Deploy remaining carts
  19. 19. Some Telemedicine Partners
  20. 20. Telehealth Summit (Waycross)
  21. 21. Future Growth • Secure Additional Funding Sources – Purchase five additional telemedicine carts • Increase Distant Learning Opportunities – Internal & Stakeholders • Expand Network – Recruit & survey additional physicians (Georgia Volunteer Health Care Program: GVHCP) – Develop sustainable business model • Increase available services – Expand Teledentistry – Expand High Risk OB / Centering Pregnancy – Division of Family & Children Services (DFACS) – School-based telemedicine programs
  22. 22. Contact Information GA Public Health Video Network 1.855.PHVIDEO Jackie Woodard jewoodard@dhr.state.ga.us 912.287.4960 Suleima Salgado susalgado@dhr.state.ga.us 404-657-2305 DPH State Contacts SEHD Contacts

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