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Telemedicine in the Healthcare Delivery System

October 29, 2020 @ 12:00 pm to 1:45 pm

Telemedicine in the Healthcare Delivery System

12-12:15pm – Connect & Network
12:15-1:45pm – Panel Discussion

Sally T. Buck, MS, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, National Rural Health Resource Center

Mary DeVany, MS, Associate Director, Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center (GPTRAC)
Annmarie Florest, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Director, Range Mental Health Center
Laurie Hall, Director of Telemedicine, Essentia Health

Telemedicine has become a healthcare access imperative. Its innovative benefits are of vital interest amid the implementation of most healthcare regulations. Telemedicine uses a variety of forms of electronic communication technology to provide a convenient method to deliver healthcare services and education. The program surveys its current uses and organizational deployment of telemedicine. The discussion includes adoption and innovation across clinical and patient perspective. Technical, operational, regulatory, and financial/reimbursement aspects of the development of telemedicine programs will be investigated. The expanding role that telemedicine holds in daily medicine and its direction into the future of the healthcare delivery system will be explored.

ACHE Qualified Education Credits Are Self-Reporting – attendees must self-report their credit(s) using the “My Education Credit” link on their My ACHE profile page.

Sally T. Buck has been with The Center, a national non-profit, for over 25 years developing rural health technical assistance and directing federal programs and strategy for The Center in Duluth, Minnesota. Sally is the program director for multiple Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) cooperative agreements to provide services to the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program that covers the Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC), the Rural Healthcare Provider Transitions Project, and the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP), and the Delta Regional Community Health Systems Development Program. Sally serves on the Board of Directors for the National Rural Health Association and the Minnesota Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and is a Fellow of ACHE. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education and Kinesiology from the University of Michigan.

Mary DeVany works at GPTRAC within the Institute of Health Informatics at the University of Minnesota. gpTRAC assists organizations in our region with the development, implementation and growth of their telehealth services.  Ms. DeVany has been involved with telemedicine efforts since 1993 when she served as the state-wide telemedicine activities coordinator for the State of South Dakota.  Since then, she has served as the Director of Telehealth at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Director of Avera Telehealth and before that as the Telemedicine Coordinator for Sanford Health.

Annmarie Florest is a Clinical Director at Range Mental Health Center overseeing Outpatient, School Based and Community Support Services. Annmarie has worked in non-profit mental health for 19 years. She recently moved to the Iron Range from the twin cities and has been with Range Mental Health for almost 2 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Metropolitan State University and Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW.


October 29, 2020
12:00 pm to 1:45 pm