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SC-08 - Research: A Key to Success in the New World of Healthcare

Monday, April 30
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: E450A

Research is the foundation of tomorrow’s medical model and the support for policy development. With more entrants into the healthcare marketplace, and with evermore savvy consumers asking increasingly complex questions, research will be a key success factor going forward. Experts from government, academia and other sectors will provide their perspectives and predictions, and answer questions.

William L. England

Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, HRSA

William England is director of the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT) in the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy at HRSA. Bill joined OAT in 2016. He started work in telehealth at CMS/Medicare, followed by 15 years as Director and Vice President of the FCC/USAC Rural Health Care Program. He is a Fellow and former Director of the American Telemedicine Association. Prior to telehealth, Bill was an assistant professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Robert Wood Johnson Healthcare Financing Fellow and a biomedical engineer at Indiana University Health (Regenstrief Institute) in Indianapolis. He has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and a law degree from the University of Maryland.


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Jason C. Goldwater

Senior Director
CedarBridge Group, LLC

Jason C. Goldwater is currently a Senior Director at CedarBridge Group, LLC, where he leads the company in areas such as quality measurement, telehealth, electronic clinical quality measures (eCQM), health equity and health innovation. Mr. Goldwater has been involved in the field of telehealth for the past ten years, having initially evaluated telehealth services across large urban and rural health networks as part of a peer-review panel for the Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCN) sponsored by the Health Care Resources and Services Administration. Mr. Goldwater also served as a Principal Investigator for a grant funded by the California HealthCare Foundation on the use of telehealth modalities for chronic disease care and care coordination. He also served as a Principal Investigator for a Commonwealth Fund grant exploring the various ways different health care entities, including payers, hospitals, long-term care networks and others used technology-driven solutions, such as health care, to drive value-based care and chronic disease management. Mr. Goldwater has written extensively in the area of telehealth, and how it can impact populations such as the homeless and the chronically ill. He also serves as a peer reviewer for article on telehealth for journals such as Health Affairs and the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. While at the National Quality Forum, he served as the Project Director for the development of a measurement framework that provides a foundation for the development of objective measures to assess the value of telehealth and its impact on clinical care. Mr. Goldwater has both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Emerson College and a Master’s of Public Administration degree from Suffolk University.


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James P. Marcin

Professor, Pediatric Critical Care; Director, Pediatric Telehealth Services
UC Davis Health

Dr. Jim Marcin is a Professor of Pediatrics, Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Interim Chief of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, and Interim Medical Director of the Center for Health and Technology at UC Davis Health. He is also a Major Professor in the Graduate Group in Epidemiology, a faculty member of the UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research, a faculty member of the UC Davis School of Public Health, and a faculty member in the UC Davis Health Informatics Graduate Group.

Dr. Marcin’s expertise and research interests include the use of telemedicine in pediatric critical care and emergency medicine, inpatient and outpatient care. Dr. Marcin is an internationally recognized speaker and has been conducting research into the impact of telemedicine on quality of care, patient safety, and financial outcomes. He is the founding Chair of the American Telemedicine Association’s Pediatric Special Interest Group and has provided guidance to his colleagues across the nation on telehealth program development.


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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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Marcia M. Ward

Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Iowa College of Public Health

Dr. Ward is a Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Research in the Department of Health Management and Policy, College of Public Health, University of Iowa. Her 35 years of research experience focus on health services research, rural healthcare delivery, and health outcomes. Dr. Ward has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, many of which are highly cited. She has been funded on more than 70 grants and contracts during her research career and has extensive experience directing research teams and conducting evaluations of healthcare implementation and quality improvement projects. She has been involved in telehealth research for nine years. Dr. Ward has two policy briefs and 10 peer-reviewed publications specifically related to telehealth.


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