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Join our experienced panel of hospital-based acupuncture program leads and managers to discuss setting up a telehealth program in medium to large healthcare systems and pivoting the work during the pandemic as part of phased re-opening/closing plans.
Get your ticket to the “Telehealth
Roundtable on Hospital-Based Acupuncture Programs
”, an online conference
scheduled for Saturday, June 20th
, 2020, starting at 0900 Central.
Theme for this Event
Telehealth Programs in Hospital-based Acupuncture Practice: Pivoting in the Pandemic
Lessons Learned, Benefits (patients, providers, system), Issues, Examples of Innovation, and Discussion
The Hospital Practice Handbook Project has been hosting
community discussion space online and in live zoom sessions at least weekly since
mid-March for the hospital-based community to provide space for discussion,
problem-solving, and sharing examples of innovation as we all respond to the
pandemic in our various programs and through different stages of closing and
Out of these sessions came a consistent need to do even
more, particularly to host our own conference on telehealth.
Why a telehealth event specific to hospital-based
Telehealth capability is critical for all clinicians in the
phased clinic opening/closing as communities respond to the pandemic. Some
organizations had a telehealth program in place before the pandemic, but many
stood theirs up during the pandemic as a way to support and protect both provider
personnel and patients during a respiratory-based pandemic. Some are still in
the process of standing theirs up and looking to the community for examples
that match their system.
However, not all systems have been supportive or
understanding of how acupuncturists can work via telehealth (vs. in-person),
citing “lack of access to current examples”.
So, here we are, presenting current examples of telehealth
programs in hospital-based acupuncture practice. And, having a professional Socratic
discussion on the related topics.
How to engage in or support this event
Buy a ticket and share these links. 😊
Per community request, there are 3 ticket options:
Ticket—access to the live event
Plus—basic ticket plus access to the online resource with all the
recordings and other content created for this event
only—just access to the online resource with the recordings. No access to
I hope you are able to attend or if you are otherwise
engaged that day, consider supporting via the “recordings only” ticket and
submitting your questions to the panelists in your ticket form.
All ticket revenue goes directly toward the outgoing costs of
this event (platform hosting, data, recordings, video editing, etc.). My time
and work are 100% volunteer.
For more information on confirmed panelists and updates
Go to our Facebook Event page
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Panelists each give short summaries of their programs
Socratic discussion of the topic by panelists
Some Qs from attendees posed to the panel for more discussion
(confirmed to date)
- Paul Magee, lead acupuncturist, Penny George Institute of Health and Healing, Allina Health, Minnesota
- Christine Kaiser, acupuncture program manager and quality assurance, University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network, Cleveland, Ohio
- John Burns, acupuncture program manager, Advocate Aurora of Wisconsin and Illinois
- Juli Olson, National Lead, Acupuncture, Integrative Health Coordinating Center, Veterans Health Administration
- Galina Roofener, acupuncturist, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
- Mori West, C.P.C. of AcuClaims, coding & billing expert
- Nancy Gahles, Integrative Health Policy Consortium, IHPC
Please buy a ticket and share this event with anyone who may benefit from it or enjoy attending and supporting. Thank you.
More resources on telehealth
University of WA Survey of Acupuncturists during the COVID-19 Pandemic
New Research Paper on Relevance of Telehealth Programs During Pandemic and Beyond, from a Duke University Team
- For those of you practicing as acupuncturists, check out this IRB-approved survey from a colleague who is doing this research through the University of Washington. Looks like she is collecting data on how the pandemic is affecting practice, from direct clinical care to pivots in online resources including the use of telehealth: https://redcap.iths.org/surveys/?s=7FTTYN73X9&
- suspension date: the survey closes June 8th, 2020
- More info:
- The survey is intended for ALL licensed acupuncturists. You don't need to have a telehealth service in place to respond to the survey. One of the aims of this survey is to set the stage for larger survey studies of profession-wide effects similar to the benchmark studies in other healthcare professions.
- The estimated time to complete the survey is 5 minutes.
- Principal Investigator: Tamsin Lee, DAOM
- At a time when I hear disagreement in the definition of "telehealth", I offer this very useful definition they published, which dispels all previous confusing terminology I have heard in the medical field the last year or so:
"The term 'telehealth' refers to the entire spectrum of activities used to deliver care at a distance--without direct physical contact with the patient. Telehealth encompasses both provider-to-patient and provider-to-provider communications and can take place synchronously (telephone and video), asynchronously (patient portal messages, e-consults), and through virtual agents (chatbots) and wearable devices."
- The article was published May 17th, 2020, by a team from Duke University, "Telehealth transformation: COVID-19 and the rise of virtual care" in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
- Jedrek Wosik, Marat Fudim, Blake Cameron, Ziad F Gellad, Alex Cho, Donna Phinney, Simon Curtis, Matthew Roman, Eric G Poon, Jeffrey Ferranti, Jason N Katz, James Tcheng, Telehealth transformation: COVID-19 and the rise of virtual care, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, https://doi.org/10.1093/jamia/ocaa067
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