- Challenges of accessibility to care and greater need now for telehealth-driven services in rural communities, and what HRSA foresees in terms of trends/issues related to access to mental healthcare in these communities.
- Efforts being made through HRSA and other agencies and organizations to address the mental health needs of rural communities.
- How practitioners in the “audience” can both be part of the solution and benefit by expanding their own practices into rural markets within their states.
- Available resources through HRSA, including TRCs, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, reimbursement guidance, and telehealth policy and legislation.
This free training video does not offer CEs, just great content for providers
Doris T. Barta is the Director of the National Telehealth Technology Assessment Center (TTAC), one of two National Telehealth Resource Centers. TTAC provides in-depth objective assessments for all types of telehealth technology and publishes the results of those assessments, as well as provides technology showcases during regional TRC conferences throughout the US. Ms. Barta has worked in the telehealth field since 1992, .serving in the capacity of a telehealth network director as well as in the role of fund development for telehealth. Ms. Barta also served as the Principal Investigator for the Northwest Telehealth Resource Center for 10 years, advance the development, implementation, and integration of telehealth through sharing information, leveraging resources and creating a synergistic telehealth community. The NRTRC represents seven western states (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Utah, Washington and Wyoming). Through her wealth of experience in program planning and operations, Ms. Barta continues to assist healthcare organizations, networks, and providers implementing cost-effective telehealth programs serving rural and medically underserved populations, with a special emphasis on program development through shared training and expertise.
Presentations include HIMSS International Conference, American Telemedicine Association annual Conference, presentation(s) for HRSA.
Jonathan Neufeld, PhD, is Program Director of the Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center (gpTRAC), a federally funded technical assistance program housed at the University of Minnesota Institute for Health Informatics. The Center provides telehealth training and consultation to interested healthcare providers across the Great Plains region.
Dr. Neufeld has consulted on a wide range of projects related to rural health and telehealth over the past 15 years. He has presented at national conferences and published peer-reviewed articles in the fields of telemedicine, clinical decision support tools, mental health services evaluation, and clinical outcomes.