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CA: Open Door Hosts National Telemedicine Event

By: Beau Boughamer

The Contra Costa Times and other California newspapers ran a story about Open Door Community Health Centers, which hosted one of four national telemedicine conferences.  The piece also highlighted the role of the Central Valley Health Network.

The conference -funded by the California Healthcare Foundation – was a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration, efforts to promote the widespread availability and use of digital networks to improve access to health care services for people who are uninsured or living in rural areas. Other conferences are covering topics such as electronic health records and clinical alerts and reminders.
Open Door’s Telehealth and Visiting Specialist Center has been in operation since 2006. The program was started by a $135,000 grant from the Headwaters Fund. Featuring 10 different local specialists and 19 telemedicine partners in California
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and neighboring states, the center uses teleconferencing technology to connect specialists with other doctors and with patients.
”For those things that we can’t find in our community, we are linked in,” said Herrman Spetzler, Open Door’s chief executive officer. He added that telemedicine brings in $3.5 million in business each year.
The end result is clinics that can increase accessibility to patients and specialized care, as well as a way for local health specialists to provide services without having to travel out of the area.
At the two-day conference, presenters discussed equipment, operations, legal issues and funding options.
Anderson said the model is expanding into teledentistry and even virtual home visits. He said it also allows retiring or retired physicians to work part-time.
Sean Folweiler, a clinical application specialist for the Central Valley Health Network — a health care consortium serving 21 counties stretching from Yuba City to San Bernadino — said he attended the conference to learn how to implement a telemedicine system within their consortium. The network already has a video- conferencing network in place, but it is mainly used for administration purposes such as meetings or training.
”We’re working to expand it to be able to do telemedicine in rural areas or even in urban areas,” he said.

The conference – funded by the California Healthcare Foundation – was a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration, efforts to promote the widespread availability and use of digital networks to improve access to health care services for people who are uninsured or living in rural areas. Other conferences are covering topics such as electronic health records and clinical alerts and reminders.

Open Door’s Telehealth and Visiting Specialist Center has been in operation since 2006.

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“For those things that we can’t find in our community, we are linked in,” said Herrman Spetzler, Open Door’s chief executive officer.

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Sean Folweiler, a clinical application specialist for the Central Valley Health Network — a health care consortium serving 21 counties stretching from Yuba City to San Bernadino — said he attended the conference to learn how to implement a telemedicine system within their consortium. The network already has a video- conferencing network in place, but it is mainly used for administration purposes such as meetings or training.

“We’re working to expand it to be able to do telemedicine in rural areas or even in urban areas,” he said.