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Next Generation Telemedicine in Georgia: Tift Regional Health System Spotlight


Jeff Robbins
Director of Neurodiagnostics/Telehealth
Tift Regional Medical Center


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 will include the personal experience and pathway taken to telemedicine adoption as well as the hurdles and challenges associated with implementation. Patient cases and outcomes will be presented along with lessons learned along the way. Presenters will include both rural and urban providers of telehealth services.

It is well known how difficult it is to recruit specialists to practice in rural communities, so the next best thing is to bring them on board remotely and this is exactly what a rural community health system has done in SW Georgia.

Tift Regional Health System in Tifton, Ga., is a telehealth frontrunner, operating several rural telehealth programs. Tift's telehealth program has expanded specialty services to include emergency stroke care, E-ICU, Autism / ADD Clinics, Kidney Transplant clinics, Geriatric Psychiatric Care and many other pediatric / adult services.

With the goal of increasing access to care for students and teachers; Tift funds and operates telehealth services at two schools, with another system soon to join. According to Tift officials, telehealth technology is an effective method to deliver acute and specialty care in the school setting.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation, attendees should be familiar with:
- Understand the deficit of specialty care in rural areas and the effect on both patients and a rural health system.
- Understand the motivation of a rural health system to use telehealth to deliver more efficient diagnosis, treatment, and care management of patients in need of specialty care.
- Interact with the coordinator of a successful rural telehealth program.


On Demand
Original program date: Jun 4, 2014

Technology Requirements

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  • 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)
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Program Keywords

Access to Care