Arizona Telemedicine Program Rapidly Responds to Coronavirus Pandemic

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Online Course: “Developing Telemedicine Services”

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The national award-winning Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP), headquartered at the University of Arizona Health Sciences in Tucson, Arizona, will conduct a major, online training program regarding the COVID-19 pandemic for health-care providers, administrators, and educators, titled: “Developing Telemedicine Services,” on Monday, March 23, 2020.  “Telemedicine is a key capability for healthcare providers and the community they serve to slow the spread of the COVID-19,” notes Ronald S. Weinstein, MD, a pioneer in telemedicine and founding director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program. The ATP has been producing in-person telemedicine and telehealth training programs for the past 20 years. Thousands of individuals, from hundreds of healthcare organizations, have attended these programs and given them high marks.  “Now, in response to the COVID-19 pardemic, we are taking the course online for the first time.”  He added,  “Obviously, this will open the session to a far larger audience, filling an urgent need at this time.”

The program will be presented in two 3-hour blocks. 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon, and 1:00 p.m. until 4 p.m.  It is given in a Zoom webinar format, providing the opportunity for questions and answers.  


This online, full-day course will feature national leaders in telemedicine and distrance learning.

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Course Title:  “Developing Telemedicine Services”


9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction. Janet Major, BS, Associate Director for Education and Facilities, Arizona Telemedicine Program; President, US Distance Learning Association.
9:15 a.m. Building a Successful Telemedicine Program, Ronald S. Weinstein, MD, Founder and Director, Arizona Telemedicine Program, UArizona Health Sciences; President-Emeritus, American Telemedicine Association.
10:00 a.m. Telemedicine Applications that Work. Opportunities and Barriers.  Ronald S. Weinstein, MD 
10:45 a.m.  Break
10:55 a.m. COVID-19: Management Using Direct-to-Consumer Telemedicine, Kevin Stephan, MD, FACP, Director of Strategy and Planning, eInfectionMD, Inc.
11:35 a.m. Case Study: A Successful Tele-Infectious Disease Practice, Stephen A. Klotz, MD, Medical Director, Arizona Telemedicine Program.
12:15 a.m.  Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. House Keeping and Introduction to Afternoon Block 
1:15 p.m. Evaluation and Assessment in Telemedicine, Elizabeth A. Krupinski, PhD,Professor and Vice Chair of Radiology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA; Past-President, American Telemedicine Association.
2:00 p.m. Legal, Regulatory and Payment Issues and Opportunities. Nancy Rowe, Associate Director for Outreach and Public Policy, Arizona Telemedicine Program. 
2:30 p.m. The Business Aspects of Telemedicine and e-Health: Gail Barker, PhD, Co-Director for Finance, Arizona Telemedicine Program. 
3:00 p.m. Practical Advice for COVID-19. Megan Crosser, MPH, CIC, Infection Prevention Director, eInfectionMD, Inc. 
3:30 p.m. Panel Discussion – Dr. Weinstein, Dr. Klotz, Dr. Stephan, Janet Major, Michael J. Holcomb, Associate Director for Information Technology, Arizona Telemedicine Program 
4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks, Janet Major and Dr. Weinstein 

Contact information: Melanie Esher-Blair, MAdm 520-626-6103

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About the Author

Ronald S. Weinstein, MD, FCAP, FATA, a Massachusetts General Hospital-trained pathologist, is founding director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program, Executive Director of the T-Health Institute in Phoenix, and Co-Director of the Southwest Telehealth Resource Center.  He is a pioneer in the field of telemedicine.  He has been president of six professional organizations and is both Past-President and President Emeritus of the American Telemedicine Association.  He has been inducted into the US Distance Learning Associations’ “Hall-of-Fame” for innovations in distance learning over telemedicine networks.  Dr. Weinstein is Professor of Pathology, Public Health, and Pharmacy-Science at The University of Arizona.