Industry Leaders Forum

(ILF - 02) How Tele-Behavioral Health is Changing the Field

Sunday, April 23
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: W222 AB

As the industry expands the number of conditions that can be treated through telehealth, traction in behavioral health adoption has begun. As more employers begin to offer this service, what does it mean for the stakeholders across the industry?

Bernard Harris

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Robert Kolodner

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
ViTel Net

Robert M. Kolodner, MD, FACMI, LFAPA is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for ViTel Net, a leading provider of innovative, easily adaptable telemedicine/telehealth technology solutions covering the entire continuum of care. For more than two decades, ViTel Net has pioneered advancements in the telehealth industry with state-of-the-art technology and a customer-centric focus that have earned the company industry honors and a reputation for excellence.

Dr. Kolodner has been at the forefront of advances in health IT, including 31 years of federal service and leadership. As National Coordinator for Health IT in the Department of Health and Human Services, he promoted the adoption and use of electronic health records, and advanced the efforts between the public and private sectors to develop a nationwide, interoperable health IT infrastructure. His work laid the foundation for the acceleration of national health IT initiatives.

Before HHS, Dr. Kolodner was the national clinical informatics leader for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) broad range of health IT activities. He provided vision, direction and leadership for VistA, VA’s electronic health record system – the world’s first successful large-scale Electronic Health Record implementation. In the mid‐nineties, he coordinated the emerging telemedicine activities at local VA Medical Centers prior to the creation of VA’s national Telemedicine Office.

Dr. Kolodner received his A.B. from Harvard, his M.D. from Yale, and completed his psychiatric residency at Washington University in St. Louis. He has been on the faculty at the Emory University School of Medicine, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing. Dr. Kolodner is board certified in psychiatry, a Fellow in the American College of Medical Informatics, and a Lifetime Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association.

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Gayle Reneer

Vice President Behavioral Health Solutions
Mercy Virtual

Gayle Reneer, RN, BSN, MBA
Vice President, Behavioral Health Solutions

Gayle Reneer is Vice President of Behavioral Health Solutions where she helps enhance mental health services throughout Mercy, especially for patients in the emergency room and acute care settings.

Through her role with Mercy Virtual, Gayle is developing a new way of integrating mental health into the acute care and ambulatory settings utilizing the latest technology that goes beyond traditional telepsychiatry services. Through a new care model, she hopes to address the underlying mental health issues that may lead to the development of other medical conditions.

Prior to joining Mercy Virtual, she spent six years as the Vice President of Nursing and Patient Care services for the behavioral health service line for a St. Louis-based health system. She also has 25 plus years experience as a nursing leader in a variety of operations roles in the acute and academic environment.

Gayle is a registered nurse and received her bachelor’s degree in nursing and her master’s degree in business administration from St. Louis University.

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Lawrence Gleit

Executive Vice President & GM
MDLIVE

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