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Next Generation Telemedicine in Georgia: Keeping Care in the Rural Community


David Popoli, MD
Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician, Medical Director, Telemedicine
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta


Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth

Program Description

The goal of the Next Generation Telemedicine Webinars is to foster higher acceptance among health care providers through presentations from practitioners who have proven that telemedicine is useful by successfully integrating clinical telemedicine services into their practices. Each presentation includes the personal experience and pathway taken to telemedicine adoption as well as the hurdles and challenges associated with implementation. Patient cases and outcomes are presented along with lessons learned along the way. Presenters include both rural and urban providers of telehealth services.

Patients in rural settings face unique needs and challenges their urban counterparts do not share when it comes to recruiting and retaining health care providers. Because rural communities face specific challenges regarding access to health care providers, they historically have suffered health disparities compared to urban communities.

Telehealth allows an opportunity to "level the playing field." It enables patients and providers to leverage existing technology to improve rural health outcomes. Although challenges exist, telehealth continues to expand and offer new services as technology advances.

The potential of telehealth to a rural community:
-Improved access to specialty and primary care
-Increased patient satisfaction with care
-Improved clinical outcomes resulting in a healthier community
-Reduction in emergency room utilization
-Positive economic impact: cost savings and dollars stay local

Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation, attendees should:
- Describe the challenges of rural communities regarding access to health care providers and the resulting health disparities faced by these communities.
- Detail the potential benefits gained by rural providers & communities who implement telehealth services.
- Interact with a telehealth provider of specialty care who is the Medical Director of a Pediatric Medical Center that has successfully launched a robust telehealth program that is improving access to care to underserved children across the state.

Continuing Education

SOWEGA-AHEC is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity awards 1.0 contact hour. Approved Provider #5-157. Activity # 2014-19A.

On-Demand Nursing Hour Expires 01.12.16.
Submission of evaluation and successful completion of post-test (75% or better) required for certificates.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) and SOWEGA-AHEC. TRMC is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide continuing medical education for physicians. TRMC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(TM).
On-Demand CME Hour Expires 01.12.16.

Submission of evaluation and successful completion of post-test (75% or better) required for certificates.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


On Demand
Original program date: Jan 13, 2015

Technology Requirements

Participants registering for programs should have access to the following technology for best viewing and participation:

  • Personal computer with Macintosh or Windows with 512 MB of RAM
  • Broadband internet connection such as an office LAN, DSL, or cable modem
  • Phone next to personal computer (or speaker phone if multiple people are viewing)
  • Computer speakers (built-in or attached)
  • Latest version of Adobe Flash which can be downloaded for free at Adobe's web site

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