Telehealth During COVID-19 and Beyond
COVID-19 has brought with it an unprecedented expansion of telehealth services across all points of care. With the changes to policies on who and what can be reimbursed and what security standards must be met for telehealth services, many organizations have implemented new telehealth services or expanded their existing services. But such expansion comes with both successes and challenges, particularly as organizations continue to use telehealth beyond the COVID-19 crisis.
This webinar will feature three unique perspectives on using telehealth from organizations who are currently providing telehealth services, including: the inpatient setting, the outpatient setting, and behavioral health/substance use treatment. Join us to learn about how three organizations have made telehealth work for their patients and how they plan to use telehealth beyond the COVID-19 crisis.
Alex Nason, Director of IT Innovation, Frederick Health
Alex has more than 30 years of healthcare industry experience in research, policy, clinical, academic and consulting environments. He is a healthcare executive with a passion in innovative approaches to care delivery within a complex healthcare system. Alex has championed the development of innovative clinical services utilizing telehealth and digital technologies for over 20 years. Today, Alex is helping Frederick Health chart its own course in innovation by directing a team that is implementing digital solutions across the enterprise. Prior to joining Frederick Health, Alex has worked at Johns Hopkins Health System, the National Institutes of Health and The White House.
Chris Panagiotopoulos, Chief Technology Officer, LifeBridge Health
LifeBridge Health is a regional health system consisting of 13,000 care bravely associates across Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Northwest Hospital, Carroll Hospital, Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, Grace Medical Center (formally Bon Secours Hospital of Baltimore), LifeBridge Health & Fitness, hundreds of primary care and specialty physicians and many affiliated health-related partners. He is responsible for the organization’s strategic development and implementation of Technology, TeleHealth, Telecommunication and Patient Call Center needs.
Chris led the technical and operational launch of the LifeBridge Health TeleHealth program in 2016. Since then, the program has expanded throughout the system supporting 70,000 annual virtual patient encounters.
Previously Chris served as Vice President of Technology for Sylvan Learning Centers, where he directed the application and technology needs for over 1,000 learning centers in the US and Canada. He also served as the Vice President of Technology for World Duty Free, a leader in the retail travel industry, where he managed the technology for the division’s international operations in 25 countries.
Chris is a Maryland Chapter of Health Information Systems Society (MDHIMSS) past President and past Chair of the associations Advocacy Committee, educating legislators in Annapolis and Washington DC on healthcare IT issues and legislation. He also served as the co-chair for the Loyola University of Baltimore Advisory Board supporting strategic planning, curriculum development and mentoring.
He received his BS in Chemistry and Masters in Engineering from Loyola University of Baltimore Maryland.
Dania O’Connor, CEO, Psychiatric Institute of Washington
Dania O’Connor has been in the field of Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorders over 35 years. She is dedicated to implementing innovative comprehensive specialty programs to enhance recovery times. As a leader in healthcare delivery with a laser focus on integrating the state of the science and advances in technology to assess and delivery quality care. Dania’s leadership has positioned PIW as a center of innovation in a rapidly changing healthcare market. She embraces change as an opportunity to challenge the status quo while instilling Service Excellence in her team. PIW established the Partners In Care Network of community provides to address the gaps care coordination and persistent disparities in addiction and mental healthcare outcomes. The Partners In Care Network’s Referral Management System secure bi-directional referral management system supports our community based Providers and Payers with real time electronic care coordination and referral tracking.
The Maryland Chapter of HIMSS is dedicated to helping local communities as they navigate the COVID-19 crisis. Upon registering for the event, there will be an option to donate to the Maryland Food Bank.