GPT PreConference to Replace One-Day School-Based Telehealth Summit

According to a statement emailed to MHW, Georgia/Global Partnership for Telehealth (GPT) has invited school nurses and others interested in student health from Georgia and surrounding states to attend its School-Based Telehealth Pre-Conference Workshop in the Jekyll Island Convention Center on March 19, 2018.

The Pre-Conference will replace the one-day School-Based Telehealth Summit that GPT hosts annually in Tifton.

Loren Nix, Director of School-Based Telehealth at GPT, expressed her hopes that absorbing the School-Based Telehealth Summit into a larger conference will provide school nurses who use telehealth with more resources than the one-day summit typically does. “We’ve found that many nurses are forced to choose between GPT’s big annual conference and the Summit,” Nix said. “Our hope is that by putting the two together, school nurses will be able to attend both.”

The Pre-Conference will feature two sessions, according to Nix. The first, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., will be open to anyone interested in learning more about or sharing their experiences related to bringing telemedicine services into school clinics. The second session, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., will be more intensive and is for GPT partners only. The discussion in this session will cover everything from detailed paperwork processes to school telehealth best practices.

“GPT’s annual conference, March 20-21, will have a little something for school-based telehealth users, as well,” Nix explained. On March 21 Nix will moderate a panel discussion highlighting the collaboration between school-based clinics and large hospital systems in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. “The panel will focus on the programs’ planning stages, viewpoints on strategic partnerships, and navigating a business relationship where one body is much larger than the other,” Nix said.

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