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Past event: November 17, 2022

The NH Telehealth Alliance hosted the 2022 Public Policy Summit virtually on Thursday, November 17. The Summit featured participation from industry leaders, technology and healthcare providers and policymakers, and regulatory agencies, who addressed emerging issues and engage in impactful discussion. The Summit focused on both telehealth developments and emerging issues around broadband expansion in NH. Our goal is to elevate and focus critical issues around innovation, connectivity, and advocacy efforts to drive a robust future of telehealth in NH.

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Agenda:

8:30 AM

Welcome and Introductions

Jim Monahan, Founder, NH Telehealth Alliance

Platinum Sponsor TBD

8:45 AM

Keynote: Digital Equity Beyond Demographics

Sarah Swank, Counsel, Nixon Peabody LLP

 

In her keynote address, Sarah will identify the current obstacles to and possible solutions for achieving digital equity in New Hampshire. Sarah will explore the disparities in healthcare access, digital literacy, language barriers, and more. Using the identified obstacles as a starting point, Sarah will propose policies and practices that can foster a more equitable and accessible telehealth system.

9:30 AM

Session 1: The State of Broadband Deployment in NH 

Commissioner Taylor Caswell, Department of Business and Economic Affairs

This session will highlight opportunities and challenges for New Hampshire with respect to the deployment and improvement of broadband throughout the state. Commissioner Taylor Caswell of the Department of Business and Economic Affairs will discuss the biggest successes to date with respect to improving broadband in New Hampshire as well as the primary broadband opportunities and challenges in the Granite State. Commissioner Caswell will discuss these developments in the context of an overview of New Hampshire’s broadband capacity with respect to its population and relative to federal standards and other New England states.  

10:15 AM

Session 2: Behavioral Health and the Advantages of Telehealth 

Matthew Mishkind, Director of Strategic Facilitation, Office of Telehealth and Technology Implementation for Behavioral Health Practice and Science, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus

Jessica Thackaberry, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Lead for TeleMental Health and Psychiatry Informatics, University of California, San Diego

Michelle Turner, Vice President, Clinical Talent and Delivery, Hazel Health 

Join us for a session that explores the advantages of using telehealth for providing behavioral health services. Panelists will discuss their experiences in providing behavioral health services via telehealth, discuss how telehealth has been helpful in providing behavioral health services, examine the ways in which it is useful to think about telehealth beyond being only a direct substitution for in-person care, and the realities of provider capacity with telehealth widely available.

11:00 AM

Session 3: NH Perspective on Telehealth 

Marguerite Corvini, Project Director, UNH Telehealth Practice Center & Adjunct Professor, UNH Social Work Department


Sarah Smith, DSc, OTR/L, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of New Hampshire


Jennifer Chadbourne, MS, RDN, LDN, CDCES, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire


Sajay Arthanat, Professor, Occupational Therapy, University of New Hampshire

This session will feature three members of the University of New Hampshire’s Telepractice Center. Dr. Smith will share an overview of her current research regarding telehealth-based coaching of parents of children with special health care needs including how to measure telehealth patient satisfaction; Dr. Arthanat will share his research on assistive robotics and telehealth as well as provide insight into current and future potential with robotics use for aging-in-place; and Professor Chadbourne will speak about her experience with telehealth utilization in the periods between provider visits, using modalities such as remote patient monitoring devices or patient touch-points. 

11:45 AM

Session 4: Telehealth Policy Developments: New England States and Federal

Reid Plimpton, MPH, Program Manager, Northeast Telehealth Resource Center

Representatives from the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center will discuss telehealth policy developments at the state level, focusing on New England states, as well as developments at the federal level.

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