Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth, Inc. (GPT) along with the Medical Association of Georgia participated in the Doctor of the Day at the capital on Friday, March 1, 2013. This is the fourth consecutive year GPT has had this opportunity to inform our legislators of progress and advances being made in Georgia. On each day the Georgia Legislature is in session, the State provides a “Doctor of the Day” to take care of any medical needs that may arise among senators, representatives and visitors. This year those medical needs were met via a telemedicine video connection with Dr Rhonda Williams from Waycross Internal Medicine and Dr Joseph Barrow form the Ware County School System. A full demonstration of the connectivity capabilities and exam scopes was conducted for the House and Senate. This connection was made possible with the assistance of Georgia Public Web.
Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth (GPT) is the leading agency in Georgia focusing on increasing access to healthcare through innovative use of technology including telemedicine, health information exchange and telehealth. There are now over 500 partners across the state, 185 specialists and physicians providing healthcare via telemedicine. Many specialties are available via the GPT network including adult and pediatric subspecialties. Other telemedicine applications include primary care, skilled nursing facilities, mental health facilities, correctional facilities, jails, child advocacy, and school systems. The network is also utilized for continuing education, and GPT provides consultative services in network design and telemedicine development and implementation.
“The GPT network continues to lead the nation in applying telemedicine in a efficient, high quality and cost effective way,” states Paula Guy, CEO. GPT has grown to form the Alabama and Florida Partnerships for Telehealth, Global Partnership for TeleHealth and now TeleHealth International Partnership. Dr. Williams was introduced via a live video feed carried on the GPT network to both the House and the Senate. She presented the benefits of telehealth and how technology is changing the way she accesses specialties for her own patients. Dr. Williams was then available to the legislature for questions and general equipment demonstrations via video for the remainder of the day from inside the medical station.
“GPT remains committed to our mission of providing access to healthcare using telemedicine in GA and throughout the world.” states Dr Jeffrey Kesler, COO for GPT.