2017 Fourth Quarter Newsletter



Fourth Quarter Newsletter
TeleHealth: The Innovative Edge of Everything


As GPT embraces this holiday season following a prosperous Fall in 2017, we are incredibly grateful for our partners and for the impact they have helped us make around our state, our country, and our world. Throughout 2017, our network has increased by 45 partners, and we look forward to continuing growth in 2018.
Though 2017 has been a tumultuous year for many, we at GPT hope that the holiday season brings a time of peace and respite that will allow all to face 2018 feeling refreshed and renewed. We wish a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
In This Issue
Welcome New Partners: 
October 2017
Griffin Ob-Gyn Clinic
Optim Primary Care – Glennville
Avita Community Partners – Clayton
Northside Hospital
Oakhurst Medical Center
November 2017
Absolute Wellness Behavioral &
Nutritional Health Center
Athens Pediatrics
Pharma Concepts



Emory University Awarded  HRSA Grant
Emory University, a GPT Partner, has been awarded the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant for the next three years for the Regional Genetics Network. The grant intends to improve health equity and health outcomes in individuals with genetic conditions, reduce morbidity and mortality caused by genetic conditions, and link the medically underserved populations to genetic services.
Rena Brewer, GPT CEO and SETRC Principle Investigator, was invited by Dr. Rani H. Singh, Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Human Genetics, to attend and participate in the Southeast Regional Genetics Network (SERN) Advisory Board and Steering Committee Meeting, held at the Emory Conference Center on NOV 30th. As a member of this workgroup, GPT / SETRC will offer guidance and expertise with regards to the achievement of the HRSA goals and objectives during the course of the grant.
* SERN’s core activity will focus on expanding the current telemedicine/telegenetics programs in the region to reach the underserved populations.
* The priority activity for the grant will focus on long-term follow-up activities such as expanding the NBS Connect Patient Registry and collecting data elements for the Longitudinal Pediatric Data Resource (LPDR).
We look forward to the expansion of telegenetics across Georgia and supporting Emory’s Telehealth Program. 


American College of Health Executives Educational Event
Rena Brewer, GPT CEO, served as the moderator for the American College of Health Executives Educational Event at the Macon Marriott Centerplex on December 4th, 2017. There were 95 executives in attendance. The 1.5 hour panel provided a lively discussion covering topics from regulations, reimbursement, implementation, the mainstreaming of telehealth and nation-wide telehealth competitors setting up shop in everyone’s back yard.
Esteemed panelists were Dr. Jean Sumner, Dean of Medicine, Mercer University, Dr. Roy Gilbreath, SVP Chief System of Care Integration Officer at Navicent Health and Jeff Robbins, Director, NeuroDiagnostics & Telemedicine, Tift Regional Medical Center.
Presentation title & description: “The Future of Telehealth Medicine”
After two decades of fits and starts with telemedicine and telehealth, there is a now a confluence of factors driving technological advances and adoption. Learn from our panel of experts who are creating and executing on a wide variety of telemedicine strategies.


Georgia Rural Health Association (GRHA)

In November and December 2017, GPT’s staff had the honor of presenting at two events hosted by the Georgia Rural Health Association (GRHA). Loren Nix, Director of School-Based Telehealth, provided an interactive demonstration at the GRHA Annual Conference. Nix’s presentation demonstrated how telehealth technologies can bring quality healthcare to areas around the state where such care is otherwise unavailable. Sherrie Williams, COO, presented on various topics pertaining to telehealth at the GRHA Rural Health Clinic Conference. Williams’s aimed to help rural health clinics understand the ways in which telehealth can support primary care delivery by connecting the clinic to outside specialty care services, such as mental health providers. Nix and Williams educated their audiences in areas pertaining to program planning, marketing, and implementation and helped demonstrate the importance of supplementing rural services with telehealth.

Global/Georgia Partnership for Telehealth proudly supports our rural partners!



Partner Spotlight:

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile


Photos Credit: rmhc.org
Students in thirty-two schools in southeast Tennessee benefit from primary care delivered to them via telemedicine from the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a proud partner and prominent endpoint in GPT’s network. The Care Mobile entered GPT’s network in 2014 as part of a collaborative project between the Lyndhurst Foundation, the Pediatric Health Improvement Coalition (PHIC), Ronald McDonald House Charities, Tennova Healthcare, and the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, who houses the mobile clinic. Though the project’s goal has been to bring quality health care to the students of the Chattanooga area, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger has grown the program to include schools in five different systems in both rural and urban areas throughout southeast Tennessee.
Sharon Hart, Telemedicine Coordinator at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, emphasized the importance of telemedicine to a school system and its students. “Telemedicine has been the key to expanding school-based healthcare services to ensure students have access to timely, effective medical care in a school setting,” Hart said. “The students benefit by being treated early, before the illness has progressed into an emergency situation or has caused higher risk of exposure to other students.”
Telemedicine benefits more than just the individual students; both the school system and the students’ families gain from school-based telehealth programs as well. “Another benefit to being treated early in the course of the illness is that the student can return to class earlier and not fall behind in their school work,” Hart said. “Parents also benefit from the program because the child recovers faster, and the parent does not miss as many days from work. A school-based telemedicine programs allows the student to remain in their own community environment, which causes less stress on the student and parents.” Ultimately, the trickle-down effects of school-based telehealth improve lives on multiple levels, starting with the individual children and spreading to the entire community beyond. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is proud to bring quality healthcare to the schools of southeastTennessee.




GPT Employee Spotlight: 

Jennifer Murphy, Account Manager, School-Based Telehealth Team



With nearly three years’ experience as the Telemedicine Coordinator at the Appling County Healthcare System and many more working as the Community Coordinator for Appling County’s School-Based Telemedicine Program, Jennifer Murphy is joining GPT’s team as a seasoned telemedicine veteran.


Jennifer is GPT’s newest employee and the first member of the company’s new School-Based Telehealth team, led by Account Manager Loren Nix. As someone who is incredibly passionate about student health and school-based telemedicine, Jennifer feels that her new position at GPT is a perfect fit. “I tell people that I didn’t choose this job,” she said. “The Lord chose it for me.”


Though Jennifer proved herself a valuable member of Appling County’s School-Based Telehealth Program, she hopes that her job at GPT will allow her to work with other school systems to help them realize the importance of telemedicine’s role in a school clinic. “It’s up to us to step up to the plate and help these students out, and telemedicine can help them out tremendously,” Jennifer said. She hopes to see school-based telehealth explode in the state of Georgia.


Jennifer began working at GPT on November 3rd, and said that her experience thus far has been an enjoyable one. “Everyone is so kind,” Jennifer said of the GPT team. “I feel that the whole staff has embraced me. Everybody’s been great.”


GPT is thrilled to have Jennifer on board and eager to see what the future holds with her by our side.







GPT Board Members:
A Special Thanks
GPT is blessed to be governed by a wise and knowledgeable board of directors. As we approach this holiday season, we would like to pause to give special thanks to each of them:


James L. Story, Jr., MD, FACS 
Jimmy Lewis
Debra Lister, MD
Jean Sumner, MD
Joseph C. Barrow, Jr., EdD
Patrick Frias, MD
Jack M. Chapman, Jr., MD
Thank you so much for all that you do and continue to do for Global Partnership for Telehealth. We could not be where we are today without all your hard work, dedication, and guidance. We wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to every one of you!


ASK The SETRC Experts…
GPT is the home of the Southeastern Telehealth Resource Center. SETRC is here to serve Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. 
Hours of Operations: 8:00 – 5:00 est
Get In Touch: 888-738-7210

The SETRC Team is here to answer any questions you may have.

If you have a question you would like answered, please contact Lloyd Sirmons, Director, at lloyd.sirmons@setrc.us.





Telehealth Resources:

Elimination of the GT Modifier for Telehealth Services (Read More)

Policy Revisions Record Telemedicine Guidance (Read More)
In The News:
Amid Rural Hospitals Crisis, One Georgia Hospital Thrives
Miller County Hospital in Colquitt, Georgia, has been able to survive by creating a niche service — ventilator care in its nursing home. (Read More) 
Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth is excited to host the 9th Annual Conference March 19-21, 2018.
Attendees will benefit from the array of topics to be presented by experts and providers of telehealth services. We hope you will be a part of this conference. For more information click here

4th Annual Florida Telehealth Summit a Success
This year’s Summit convened for the second year at the beautiful Safety Harbor Spa & Resort outside Tampa with over 100 attendees and 12 supporting vendors. The line-up of expert speakers allowed us to develop an outstanding agenda that was of benefit to the diverse group of attendees. The speakers represented some of the most passionate telehealth champions that GPT has had the honor of working with.  The sponsors provided valuable information, along with delightful giveaways. Everyone present took time out of their busy schedules to participate in the advancement of telehealth in Florida and learn how it is proving to be a viable solution to the ever-increasing demands, pressures, and expectations caused by our constantly changing healthcare landscape.


GPT has implemented a fun new game for our hard-working school based Telehealth nurses. Each month participating nurses are eligible to enter a drawing for a $100 gift card. This month’s winning nurse can be seen in the following video on the GPT Facebook Page.

If you want to know more about GPT’s awesome School Based Telehealth
Program give us a call: 866-754-4325


Thank you to our wonderful school nurses!!


Sign up for the Certified Telemedicine Clinical Presenter or Certified Telehealth Coordinator today by visiting the National School of Applied TeleHealth: NSAT Website



The Southeastern TeleHealth Resource Center serves as a resource to health care providers, health systems, clinics, long term care facilities, schools, government agencies and others interested in providing telehealth services for the rural and underserved in the region. SETRC’s coverage area includes Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia and is operated by Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth, Inc., Georgia’s successful nonprofit statewide telehealth network.
(Grant #G22RH20212-04-00)
For More Information Visit:  www.setrc.us