Spotlight Sessions

Panel Presentation

Women Executives in Telehealth: Positioning for the Future

Monday, April 24
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: W224 AB

As the telehealth industry continues to explode, the role of women leading complex healthcare organizations and helping to shape this multi-billion-dollar industry is becoming increasingly important. Join us for a provocative discussion on how these leaders successfully navigate both the industry and their organizations in an effort to transform how healthcare is being delivered. This is the first-ever event for women telehealth executives – and was created to inspire and connect women working in healthcare. It’s unique insights are designed to help women gain valuable leadership strategies. When one woman helps another, amazing things can happen.
Join us in developing the future for women in telehealth.

Charlotte Yeh

Chief Medical Officer
AARP Services, Inc.

In August 2008, Dr. Charlotte Yeh joined AARP Services Incorporated (ASI) as its first Chief Medical Officer. ASI is a wholly owned, taxable subsidiary of AARP, managing a wide range of products and services that are offered as benefits to AARP's 39+ million members. The offers span health products, travel & leisure products, and life event services. In addition to managing products and services, AARP Services also develops new products, oversees marketing, conducts publications and web advertising sales, creates and maintains alliance and sponsorship relationships. Dr. Yeh will be responsible for implementing dramatic changes in healthcare delivery. She will partner with medical officers at ASI's providers to identify programs and initiatives that will lead to enhanced care for older adults. She'll also build an ASI Health Initiatives team to meet expanding member expectations, and will lead new process improvement programs focused on quality, safety and efficiency.


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Paula Guy

President & CEO
Salus Telehealth

Paula Guy has 16 years of leadership experience in building telemedicine networks in the state of Georgia. She currently serves as President and CEO for Salus Telehealth. Prior to assuming the role at Salus, she served as the CEO for Global Partnership for Telehealth for 11 years. She was the driving force behind the formation of and the successes of Georgia Partnership for Telehealth, Alabama Partnership for Telehealth, and Florida Partnership for Telehealth which were 501 (3) C’s. Her reputation building successful programs is national and international.
Paula has served on the board of the DCH Georgia Health Information Exchange, advisory board for Georgia Technology Authority, and served on review boards for grants. She has been a frequent telemedicine expert speaker and consultant.
In 2013 Paula was awarded the Metro Atlanta Chamber “Phoenix Award” as Community Leader of the Year. In addition, the Association of Telecommunications Professionals bestowed on Paula the 2012 Leadership Impact Award. Before coming to the Georgia Telemedicine Program in 2004, she served 18 years at the Southeast Health Unit, Division of Public Health in the capacities of Telehealth Director, Coordinator for the Georgia State Cancer Registry, and Director of the Community Care Services Program. Paula is a Registered Professional Nurse and graduate of Georgia Southwestern University.


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Julie Hall-Barrow

Vice President, Virtual Health and Innovation
Children's Health, Dallas

Dr. Julie Hall-Barrow is the vice president of virtual health and innovation at Children’s Health, the leading pediatric health system in North Texas. Since joining Children’s Health in October 2015, Dr. Hall-Barrow has strategically guided the system’s use of technology to increase access to quality health care, extending care beyond the hospital walls and into the communities where families live, learn and play.
She currently oversees one of the largest and fastest-growing school telemedicine programs in the country, as well as several unique and innovative virtual health programs like Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM), TeleNICU/ER and the development of mobile health applications including My Asthma Pal. The aim of these programs is to improve long-term health outcomes and empower patient families to become active drivers of their own health care. Under Dr. Hall-Barrow’s direction, Children’s Health is currently operationalizing existing programs and developing new avenues to sustain and grow virtual health platforms.
As a passionate advocate for innovation and technology, she has provided guidance on influential legislation including House Bill 1878, which allows any provider in the state of Texas to be reimbursed for school-based telemedicine. She has also provided outreach and collaboration with national technology and health care organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics on how to seamlessly integrate technology into health care.
In addition to speaking on behalf of the Children’s Health system, Dr. Hall-Barrow has published research in peer-reviewed journals, presented around the globe on virtual health best practices, and been honored with many notable industry awards. In 2016, she was named one of the Most Powerful Women in Health Care IT by Health Data Management and was honored with the Achievement in Innovation in D CEO’s Excellence in Healthcare Awards.
Prior to joining Children’s Health, Dr. Hall-Barrow held leadership positions in health care transformation, including corporate health, chronic diseases management and telemedicine. She is considered a national and international expert in the field of telemedicine, including its use in pediatrics, neurology, emergent delivery methods and health care mobility. In Arkansas, she led the first statewide tele-stroke program and initiated the first statewide image repository program.
Dr. Hall-Barrow is the immediate past chair of the American Telemedicine Association Pediatric Special Interest Group, where she continues to provide leadership to both new and existing telehealth programs through education and research.
She holds a doctorate in higher education administration, a master’s degree in kinesiology and a bachelor’s degree in health education.


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Susan Dentzer

Network for Excellence in Health Innovation

Susan Dentzer is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, a not-for-profit think tank and membership organization whose more than 80 members span the spectrum of health and health care. Through its research, publications, and convenings, NEHI works to advance the health of the public, improve health care, and produce smarter health care spending for the nation.

One of the nation's most respected health policy thought leaders, Dentzer from 2013 to March 2016 was senior policy adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She was formerly editor-in-chief of the policy journal Health Affairs, and the on-air Health Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour.
Dentzer is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and serves on its Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice. She is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a fellow of the National Academy of Social Insurance; and a fellow of the Hastings Center, a bioethics institute. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Rescue Committee, a public member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties, a board member of Research!America, and a member of the board of directors of the Public Health Institute.

Dentzer is an alumna and trustee emerita of Dartmouth, previously chaired the Dartmouth Board of Trustees, and is and a longtime member of the Board of Overseers of Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. She, her husband, and three children live in the Washington, DC area.


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Kristi Henderson

Vice President, Virtual Care & Innovation - Seton Family Healthcare, Ascension Texas Ministry

Dr. Henderson is the VP of Virtual Care & Innovation at Ascension- Texas Ministry and Clinical Professor of Population Health at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas- Austin. A few of her accomplishments include: American Academy of Nursing Fellow, 2015 Mississippi's 50 Leading Business Women, 2013 Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellow, the 2012 Mississippi Nurses Association recipient of the Nightingale Award for Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 2010 NP Advocate State Award and an "Edge Runner" by the American Academy of Nurses.
Dr. Henderson has spent her career as an administrator, educator, innovator, researcher and clinician. Her focus is on the development and analysis of innovative approaches to transform the healthcare system. She has led the development of a statewide Telehealth program, which is recognized as a top telehealth program nationally. Dr. Henderson has testified to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee hearing entitled “Advancing Telehealth through Connectivity” as well as the subcommittee on Rural Health. She has testified to the White House Domestic Policy Council and has made numerous presentations across the country to advance telehealth policy and practice including giving a TEDx talk in November 2014 and being selected to speak at the 2016 SXSW event in Austin, TX. Dr. Henderson is regularly consulted by other state health care leaders, politicians, physicians, nurses, journalists and members of the academic community.

Some of her leadership roles include service as board member of the American Telemedicine Association, Executive Director of the Mississippi Telehealth Association and board member of Mississippi Health Information Network. Dr. Henderson is also a Fellow in the Emergency Nurses Association.

She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, her master’s degree in nursing, from the Mississippi University for Women, and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi College. She maintains national certification as a family and acute care nurse practitioner.


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