142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Using Telehealth and HIT to Improve Health Outcomes in Rural Community Health Centers

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 8:30 AM - 8:50 AM

Terry Yonker, RN, MS, FNP-BC , Telehealth, Finger Lakes Community Health, Marion, NY
Finger Lakes Community Health, a FQHC in Upstate New York, has pioneered the use of  telehealth programs to improve care to underserved populations in their patient centered medical home. A model of care that utilizes EMR registries, care managers, community health workers, telemedicine, teledentistry, and telehealth has significantly improved outcomes for patients with diabetes, early childhood caries, HIV, Chronic Hepatitis C, children with ADHD, and for adults with mental health disorders. Outcomes have demonstrated timely access to preventive screening, treatment, and specialty care, improved quality/performance measures, decreased symptoms, and improved function for patients. This presentation will give an overview of the current state of telehealth and program development details for implementing telehealth services. The use of HIT and telehealth to facilitate successful health outcomes for patient seen in rural primary care will be demonstrated.

Learning Areas:

Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
Identify barriers faced by rural underserved populations in accessing health care Explain how telemedicine can be utilized in primary care to improve health outcomes Demonstrate the use of HIT in facilitating team based care in a patient centered medical home

Keyword(s): Health Care Access, Primary Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the project leader, QI leader, and clinical care coordinator for various telemedicine applications in our rural FQHC with demonstrated improved health outcomes from the implementation of telehealth in primary care
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.