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O-05 - Overcoming Research Barriers to Telehealth Expansion

Sunday, April 29
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: E253CD

Discover how the shortfall in rigorous academic research hinders telehealth adoption. Examine how research supports all aspects of telehealth expansion, from adoption to reimbursement. Work with other participants to identify research metrics as well as targeted, effective research endeavors that could advance a national telehealth research agenda.

Learning Objectives:

S. David McSwain

Associate Professor, Medical Director for Telehealth Optimization
Medical University of South Carolina

David McSwain is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and the Medical Director of Telehealth Optimization at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Section on Telehealth Care in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), chair of the ATA Pediatric Special Interest Group Section on Best Practices and Guidelines, and co-founder of the SPROUT (Supporting Pediatric Research on Outcomes and Utilization of Telehealth) national pediatric telehealth research collaborative. He chairs the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) national workgroup that created the ATA Pediatric Telehealth Operating Procedures, which have been endorsed by the AAP, American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC), and the National Nurse Practitioners Association (NAPNAP). At MUSC, Dr. McSwain has developed and implemented numerous telehealth programs across a wide spectrum of adult and pediatric specialty services, including teleconsultation programs for pediatric critical care, adult neurology, EEG, pediatric burn management, and neonatology. He led the design the MUSC Telehealth Simulation Center and the telehealth infrastructure for MUSC’s Special Medical Unit for highly infectious diseases, and is currently leading the development of the MUSC Center for Telehealth Provider Learning Commons and Training Center. He played a central role in the establishment of the MUSC Center for Telehealth and is the primary investigator for a $1 million grant to expand MUSC’s critical care telehealth services to other Children’s Hospitals in South Carolina.


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John Chuo

Neonatl Quality Officer, Clinical Champion for Digital Health Valuation, Associate Professor for Clinical Pediatrics
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. John Chuo is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine, of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Chuo earned his Masters of Biomedical Informatics at the Joint MIT-Harvard Program in Health Science and Technology and received his training as a Quality Improvement Advisor from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. As the Neonatal Quality Officer for the CHOP Newborn Care Network, Clinical Champion for Digital Health Evaluation at CHOP, and a practicing Neonatologists at the CHOP Neonatal/Infant Intensive Care Unit, Dr. Chuo has built successful Quality Programs that utilize Informatics and Quality Improvement frameworks to achieve value driven healthcare. His research and numerous publications are focused on implementation science, team intelligence, and the implementation of telemedicine as a quality improvement intervention. As a Cofounder of SPROUT (Supporting Pediatric Research in Outcomes and Utilization of Telehealth) and HIiP (Healthcare Innovations in Practice), Dr. Chuo is focused on leveraging the power of healthcare and research collaboratives to make patients and communities healthier.


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Brooke E. Yeager

Government Relations and Clinical Outreach Coordinator
Medical University of South Carolina

Brooke Yeager, MSc, RRT is the Government Relations and Clinical Outreach Coordinator at the Medical University of South Carolina Center for Telehealth. She currently leads the ATA Pediatric SIG Subgroup for Policy and Advocacy, and is the Chair of the South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care Political Action Committee. Ms. Yeager served as an author on the recently published ATA Operating Procedures for Pediatric Telehealth. In 2017, she received the Adam Rule Award from the ATA Pediatric SIG, which is awarded each year to the administrator with the most significant national impact on pediatric telehealth. Ms. Yeager is an expert on federal and South Carolina telehealth policy and payment, and has been invited to speak across the country on a variety of topics relating to telehealth.


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Christina Olson

Telehealth Medical Director
Children's Hospital Colorado

Dr. Christina Olson is a pediatric hospitalist at Children's Hospital Colorado and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She additionally works as Telehealth Medical Director for Children's Hospital Colorado, focusing on new clinical service development, physician and hospital relationships, and leveraging technology to optimize patient care across the health care continuum of community hospitals, referral medical centers, primary care offices, and outpatient subspecialty clinics. Her other career interests include patient safety, resident education and global health. As a co-founder and executive committee member of SPROUT (Supporting Pediatric Research on Outcomes and Utilization of Telehealth), she advocates for multicenter research that can be used to expand pediatric telehealth patient care and telehealth programs in an evidence-based fashion. Dr. Olson did her residency training at Naval Medical Center San Diego and is currently serving as a commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves.


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Alison Curfman

Medical Director
Mercy Clinic and Mercy Virtual Care Center

Dr. Alison Curfman is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician at Mercy Clinic in St. Louis. She also serves as Medical Director for Pediatric Virtual Care for the Mercy Hospital system - a large hospital system known for the Mercy Virtual Care Center, the only freestanding telehealth hospital in the country. She completed fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis.

Alison is the co-founder and Vice-Chair of SPROUT, a multi-center research network dedicated to high quality pediatric telehealth research. This year she co-authored the chapter “Pediatric Emergency and Critical Care Telemedicine” for the McGraw Hill textbook "Understanding Telehealth."

She has presented at many national meetings to advance pediatric telehealth, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatric Academic Societies, and the American Telemedicine Association. She now serves as an Executive Committee member for the AAP Section on Telehealth Care.

Alison is completing an executive MBA with a healthcare focus at the University of Wisconsin and devoting her career to developing sustainable, successful telehealth programs for pediatrics. She is committed to the highest quality of clinical care, antibiotic stewardship, patient safety, and advocating for the patient-centered medical home. Alison is passionate about health policy, and is excited to use her leadership roles to advocate for strong telehealth practices.


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Jillian B. Harvey

Assistant Professor
Medical University of South Carolina

Jillian Harvey is an Assistant Professor in Healthcare Leadership and Management at the Medical University of South Carolina and the Director for the Doctor of Health Administration Division. She received a Master of Public Health from Oregon State University and a PhD in Health Policy and Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. Her research experience includes program evaluation, healthcare quality improvement, and mixed methods research approaches. Her current research focuses on evaluating the development and implementation of telehealth programs and the impact on healthcare outcomes.


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