Operations and Implementation


O-11 - Insights on Creating an Award-Winning Rural-Urban Telehealth Network

Tuesday, May 1
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: E353AB

Learn from the design and planning of the award-winning Illinois Telehealth Network, which uses a collaborative “consortium model” to deliver acute care telemedicine to underserved rural emergency rooms. Discover how they developed a successful multi-stakeholder network that supports the business models of all members and creates economies of scale to reduce costs. Take away strategies for conducting a self-designed needs assessment to guide network planning.

Learning Objectives:

Gurpreet S. Mander

Chief Medical Officer
HSHS St. John's Hospital

Gurpreet S. Mander, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAP (Presenter)
In September, 2014, Dr. Gurpreet Mander was appointed Chief Medical Officer at HSHS St. John’s Hospital, a regional medical center serving Central and Southern Illinois. Previously, Dr. Mander was with SIU School of Medicine where he taught Pediatric Critical Care. He graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi University (1990) and finished his Pediatric Residency at University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago (1994), serving as Chief Pediatric Resident. He completed a Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at Hope Children’s Hospital (Oak Lawn, IL, 2005) and his MBA at the University of Massachusetts (2011). He serves as Executive Director and ex officio board member of the Illinois Telehealth Network (ITN).


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Julie Edwards

Network Director
Illinois Telehealth Network (ITN)

Ms. Edwards is the Network Director for the Illinois Telehealth Network (ITN). Serving under the direction of the ITN's Board of Directors and the Executive Director, she directs and oversees ITN's daily operations and staff. She provides leadership to and support for network initiatives, including execution of the strategic plan, philanthropy, membership development, and coordination of the Board of Director and advisor teams. Prior to her current role, Julie served as Outreach Director for the ITN and was responsible for network member and program development. Ms. Edwards also serves as Director of Telehealth Network Development at HSHS St. John's Hospital. In this position, she has operational responsibility for all hospital-based telemedicine programs, including tele-neurology, tele-cardiology and tele-NICU services, for the hospital's 11-member telehealth network and manages outreach initiatives for HSHS St. John's and the HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital. Julie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Master of Business Administration degree from Benedictine University at Springfield.


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David P. Mortimer

Illinois Telehealth Network (ITN) Administrative Director; Innovation Institute Director
Hospital Sisters of St. Francis Foundation

David Mortimer is Director of the Innovation Institute for the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, a foundation supporting the Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS). David currently manages more than $2.3M in active federal, state and foundation grant projects supporting telemedicine and network development for HSHS, a 15-hospital system with three physician groups in Illinois and Wisconsin. He has 27 years of successful administrative non-profit and health care sector leadership that includes teaching and academic publishing. He also has two decades of direct advocacy for homeless, low-income older adult and rural populations. He currently serves as a member of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission Universal Service Fund Council and serves in his local community as a Supervisor on the Eau Claire County Board, Aged Disabled Resource Center (ADRC) Board, and Human Services Board.


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E. David Harrison

Vice President of Patient Care Services/CNO
Hillsboro Area Hospital

E. David Harrison, RN, is the VP of Patient Care Services at Hillsboro Area Hospital (HAH), a Critical Access Hospital in South Central Illinois. David was instrumental in implementing the Stat Stroke program including the utilization of telemedicine for access to a neurologist. HAH was the first hospital in the Illinois Telehealth Network (ITN) to utilize the Stroke “robot” to provide access for a neurology consult via telehealth. David has been in the healthcare field for 25 years in various nursing roles and is always looking at ways to improve healthcare access to patients in rural communities.


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