USDLA Board Member
Associate Director Facilities
Arizona Telemedicine Program
Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, AZ
What’s Telehealth? According to Wikipedia: Telehealth involves the distribution of health-related services and information. Distribution is via electronic information and telecommunication technologies. Telemedicine is defined as the use of telecommunication and information technology to provide clinical health care from a distance. Great definitions – and I agree!
I personally prefer the word “telehealth” much more than “telemedicine” – and here’s why: for over twenty years I have had the greatest job on the planet! I make telehealth happen – and connect folks at a distance for medical services and for education. I connect patients to their healthcare providers, medical students to their mentors – and I connect our teachers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine to their peers AND their students all over Arizona… and the world!
Telehealth is not simply medicine at a distance but there is so much more that we are doing at a distance to help improve the health of our community, our country and the world. It takes technology, telecommunications connectivity and some great best practice protocols to do this important job.
I have also had the great opportunity to network with my peers in the United States Distance Learning Association and the American Telemedicine Association to share presentations, best practices and what’s happening in the world of distance learning with the many applications in telehealth. Every year at the annual USDLA conference I meet more professionals in my field who are doing some amazing things in the world of telehealth. I have met mid-wives who produce online courses for their peers in New Zealand. I have also met folks who are doing tele-pharmacy and not only providing their patients medication at a convenient location but also offering a visit with the pharmacist just as you would get if you went to your local pharmacy in the big city. Last year @USDLA 2016 we shared best practice protocols that are enhancing professional education among health science centers across the country. Distance learning is a format that is becoming a requirement for our academic health centers as we produce interactive events to prepare our students and communities for emergency preparedness and flu epidemic exercises. This is more than a trend – it’s our future. Connecting people to healthcare and health education at a distance is a critical part of the future of our planet. It’s no longer just as a matter of convenience or accessing experts at a distance, it’s a much more efficient way to get the job done – and it’s GREEN! In addition, we are improving the health of our PLANET by not driving for services, training and education that, instead, be done from a distance.
Please join me in Indianapolis to hear more and share information about Distance Learning in Telehealth!
USDLA 2017 National Conference
April 30 – May 3, 2017 in Indianapolis, IN
The USDLA 2017 National Conference is the premier event for professionals in the distance learning industry. This year’s conference celebrates USDLA’s 30th year and promises to deliver an action-packed agenda that will bring together distance learning practitioners from across the country and around the world.
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Join the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 with headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets.
USDLA: Driving 30 Years of Excellence in Distance Learning
April 30 – May 3