Presentation: “Full Healthcare Integration through Updated Payment Systems, Low-Cost Technologies and Multidisciplinary Caregivers”
Chairperson for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Curtis Lowery is viewed as a champion of antenatal and neonatal telemedicine benefiting the patient and physician alike. Recently Dr. Lowery served on a panel at the Brookings Institute, one of the largest think tanks in America to discuss broadband projects in Arkansas.
Dr. Lowery has served as the Director of Obstetrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences since 1992. In that time, he facilitated the process in which Arkansas insurance handles telemedicine, increased Medicaid reimbursements and promoted understanding for telemedicine, and brought telehealth access to over 60 hospitals and community clinics in rural Arkansas providing medical consultations combined with provider and patient education.
Dr. Lowery has established a Medicaid-funded, cost-effective programmatic solution to assist Arkansas’ high-risk pregnancies, ANGELS. Dr. Lowery founded this effort that reaches throughout Arkansas to those in need of subspecialty Maternal-Fetal Medicine support.
Through this expertise, Dr. Lowery founded the UAMS Center for Distance Health, a technology-based partnership of the College of Medicine and Regional Programs. This Center directly offers telemedicine, continuing medical and health education, public health education, and evaluation research through interactive video throughout Arkansas. The Center for Distance Health represents the culmination of Arkansas’ telemedicine and distance health technology expertise, with directors and stakeholders who have been instrumental in developing telehealth initiatives in Arkansas.
Presentation: “Expanding Reach with TeleMental Health”
Dr. Jodi Polaha is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at East Tennessee State University. She teaches in ETSU’s doctoral program in Clinical Psychology, which has a special emphasis on rural, primary care psychology. Her career has focused on innovation in rural pediatric behavioral health service delivery, across teaching, research, and service activities. She has directed two pediatric behavioral telehealth programs, one in Nebraska and one in rural Appalachia. Her most recent focus is on the use of Dissemination and Implementation Science as a mechanism for investigating the reach of technology-based services for rural communities.
Presentation: “Diffusion of a Telehealth Program: The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s 10 Year Journey”
Kristi is the Chief Advanced Practice Officer and Director of Telehealth for the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), Mississippi’s only academic medical center, located in Jackson, Mississippi. She holds dual appointments in the School of Medicine and School of Nursing at UMMC, where she teaches in the Master’s and Doctoral programs, in addition to her administrative and clinical practice as a family and acute care nurse practitioner. She was the 2012 Mississippi Nurses Association recipient of the Nightingale Award for Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year and was recognized by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as the 2010 NP Advocate State Award for Excellence and by the American Academy of Nurses as an “Edge Runner”.
Dr. Henderson has spent the last eighteen years of her career as an administrator, educator, innovator, researcher and clinician. Her focus has primarily been on improving and coordinating the health care delivery system in Mississippi with specific attention to advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists and physician assistants) and the utilization of technology (telehealth) for improved access and coordination of health care services. In her role as Director of Telehealth, she has led the development of a statewide Telehealth Program in Mississippi, which brings health care and education to patients in their communities. Nationally recognized, Dr. Henderson has testified at the White House and made numerous presentations on telehealth across the country. Dr. Henderson and the telehealth team are regularly consulted by other state health care leaders, politicians, physicians, nurses, journalists and members of the academic community, to assist in replication and implementation of the UMMC Telehealth Program.
Dr. Henderson is the current principal investigator for a Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant from USDA and a workforce development grant from the Delta Regional Authority. She serves as a member of the American Telemedicine Association’s Institutional Council Executive Committee, Mississippi Health Information Network’s Board of Directors, Mississippi Insurance Exchange’s Health Care Providers Committee, and Mississippi Nurses Association’s Advanced Practice Nurse Committee. Dr. Henderson is also a Fellow in the Emergency Nurses Association. Her past service includes terms with the National Quality Forum Steering Committee on Regionalized Emergency Care, and the Office of Nursing Workforce’s Regional Action Coalition Committee.
She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, her master’s degree in nursing, from the Mississippi University for Women, and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi College. She maintains national certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a family and acute care nurse practitioner.