Healthcare From Anywhere

The coronavirus pandemic took the need for telehealth from a "luxury" to a necessity. But, for many, there are challenges and untapped opportunities for accessing this important technology. Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan) released a comprehensive telehealth study just days before COVID-19 closures.

As part of this work, Connected Nation hosted a five-part webinar series examining the transformative impact of telehealth in America. You can find each of these webinars below.

A Panel of Experts Answer Questions About Telemedicine Before, During and After Covid-19

Connected Nation Michigan recently convened a panel of telehealth experts to discuss the major surge in the use of telemedicine and what it means for healthcare providers and the public.

The panel touched on a myriad of issues including how Medicaid reimbursements are impacted, what seniors should know about getting help accessing the technology, how it's affecting provider networks and rural hospitals, and what the future of healthcare will likely look like as a result of the pandemic.

Several attendees asked for a copy of the PowerPoint that was part of the presentation. You can open and/or download it by clicking the below image.

The FCC’s Impact on Telehealth Innovations and Programs

During this webinar Connected Nation Michigan talked with Ryan Palmer, who is the Chief of the Telecommunications Access Policy Division (TAPD) within the Wireline Competition Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The Division that Palmer leads has principal oversight responsibility for all aspects of universal service policy issues, including the COVID-19 Telehealth Program.

Learn about the FCC’s approach to telemedicine both long term and during the pandemic and find out how decisions that impact patients at home and healthcare providers are made.

Several attendees asked for a copy of the PowerPoint that was part of the presentation. You can open and/or download it by clicking the below image.

Innovations in Telehealth, Patient Use of Telemedicine

In part 3 of our five-part webinar series, we talk with experts from Michigan State University and Baptist Health about new innovations in wearable technology for patients. We also discuss what the "next big thing" in telemedicine is and what is being done to create a telehealth approach that's more consumer driven for YOU.

Accessing Specialized Care in Remote Locations

This webinar brings together industry leaders in health care as we examine technologies that can be leveraged to access specialized care even in some of the most remote locations--including changes that have taken place in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Telehealth During Covid

These webinars will bring together key stakeholders to examine real-world solutions from the study that can be used anywhere as well as look at rapid developments that have taken place in response to the global pandemic.

The first webinar took place on June 16, 2020 and featured speakers from Spectrum Health who explained how their company took a three-year plan for expanding telehealth to more patients and hospitals and turned it around in three weeks - all in response to the COVID-19 health pandemic.

You can watch part one of this webinar series by clicking play on the video to your right or by clicking on this link.

More About the Telehealth Study

Working in partnership with AARP and funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, CN Michigan examined the impact and use of telehealth in five Michigan counties: Gladwin, Sanilac, Roscommon, Osceola, and Dickinson counties.

The study provides, among other information, ways to immediately reduce the barriers to telemedicine, a detailed examination of the challenges faced by rural areas, and state-level policy recommendations to expand telehealth.