ePoster Presentation

(EP-166) Virtual Didactic Conferencing and Continuing Medical Education

Monday, April 24
4:00 PM - 4:14 PM
Location: Experience Zone - ePosters

In this presentation we will discuss the importance and value of virtual didactic conferencing and continuing medical education. These virtual offerings are undoubtedly a subset of telehealth as it relates to knowledge sharing among physicians. Certainly telehealth services encompass the physician-to-patient relationship and being able to administer expert care at long distances. In fact, this is the fundamental pillar of telehealth as it is our goal to reach rural and/or under-served populations and remove as many barriers to care as possible such as distance and missed work, etc. But, the physician-to-patient model might instead be called "telemedicine" instead of "telehealth". In trying to transition from a telemedicine thought process to a broader telehealth concept it is vital to include and pursue the same principles that are being encouraged in the healthcare field generally such as elimination of physician silos, a more centralized and coordinated medical home for our patients, and increased communication and collaboration among physicians. It is our opinion that the field of "telemedicine" is in a prime position to participate in, and even lead in these broader endeavors of a more complete system of health management beyond just the doctor-to-patient interaction. We at Children's Mercy Hospital (CMH) have begun these endeavors through several virtual offerings. The first is our weekly "Conferences On-Line Allergy (COLA)" series. COLA is sponsored by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and it allows a platform for leaders in this field to discuss current best-practices and evidence, and to disseminate this information to other allergy, asthma and immunology (AAI) providers throughout the country. It is also a place where primary care physicians, family practice pediatricians, or anybody else who is interested to learn about how best to manage allergy, asthma, and immunology patients can come to learn. Currently we publish our weekly COLA series on YouTube and ITunes, and these publications enjoy thousands of views per month. This education is of value to physicians and other providers as it serves as a catalyst of improved patient care in and around our community. It is also valuable to the organization through revenue generating CME credits. Whether an institution decides to do the work internally to offer CME credits for these types of virtual didactic conferences or it decides to outsource this function, these conferences are certainly in high demand and fall well within the purview of telemedicine. A second example of CMH's involvement in virtual physician engagement and education is the "Project ECHO - Child and Youth Epilepsy Series" that is sponsored by CMH, and the University of Kansas Medical Center. This series allows neurologists and epileptologists to present the most current evidence of seizure management, testing, diagnosis, etc. Community and family practice physicians can join these online presentations and interact with, and ask questions of the most renowned subject matter experts in the field of epileptology. Virtual education and conferencing allow information and knowledge to be shared efficiently, removing the barrier of distance between experts and those interested in their expertise.

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Jay M. Portnoy

Medical Director, Telemedicine
Children's Mercy Hospital

Dr. Portnoy received his medical degree from the University of Missouri and completed a pediatric residency at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He then completed a fellowship in allergy and immunology at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor before returning to Children's Mercy. From 1985 to the present he has acted as Division Director for Allergy, Asthma & Immunology at Children's Mercy, and he recently accepted the position of Medical Director for the department of Telemedicine. Dr. Portnoy's scholarly interests include: Effects of environmental exposure and remediation on health; Asthma disease management; Clinical practice guidelines and evidence based medicine; Online education. Dr Portnoy is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research, a Fellow of the American Academies of Pediatrics and Allergy, and American College of Allergy, and a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics, and the American Board of Allergy/Immunology. He also serves on the FDA Advisory Panel, is Chair of MOC for The American Board of Allergy & Immunology, and he is the Co-Chair for the Joint Taskforce on Practice Parameters. Dr. Portnoy has also authored or co-authored 14 scholarly publications in the last 5 years.


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Chad Stotler

Telemedicine Manager
Children's Mercy Hospital

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