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Journey To Scale: Perspectives on Barriers and Opportunities in Digital Health

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Join us in February for a frank discussion on the barriers and opportunities to integrating virtual care platforms in clinics across the State. This Thursday, our panelists will offer perspectives on on opportunities and barriers to scaling virtual care platforms and the impact of new care delivery models for patients and providers.

6:00pm - Networking
6:15pm - Welcoming Remarks
6:20pm - Panel Discussion
7:20pm - Q&A
7:30pm - Company Spotlight
8:00pm - Adjourn

Panelists Include:

Barbara Martin, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC, MPH is a nurse practitioner with more than 17 years of clinical and leadership experience in healthcare delivery, care coordination, and working across complex systems of care. She received a master’s degree in public health in 2013 to focus on population-based policy and systems change work to enhance and improve systems of care delivery. Barbara has been engaged with the Colorado SIM initiative since 201 through her prior role as Director of the Health Systems Unit at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Martin joined the Colorado SIM Office in 2015 as the director of the Transforming Clinical Practices initiative (TCPi) to lead state-wide efforts to build a program that will support clinicians and practices to ensure a successful transition into new care delivery and payment models that will help make Colorado the healthiest state while providing crucial support to the healthcare workforce.

Ted E. Palen, PhD, MD, MSPH is a Physician Investigator at the Institute for Healthcare Research. His research interests are in the area of clinical informatics with a focus on understanding the flow of data from the point-of-care to its collection and use in research, decision support, chronic disease management, and quality of care. He also has a focus on virtual care options such as patient-physician email communication and telehealth. Dr. Palen is dedicated to improving the healthcare delivery process and is highly involved in implementing a range of point-of-care decision support and telehealth tools for use in clinical practice.

Joseph M. Smith, MD practices general pediatrics with a focus in behavioral and developmental pediatrics. He is a co-owner of Premier Pediatrics in Brighton, CO. Dr. Smith’s practice is currently part of the SIM program and has implemented telehealth counseling for his patients. He has a passion for providing patients with challenging diagnoses and emotional struggles with quality care. Dr. Smith is dedicated to finding workable solutions for families and individuals dealing with mental health challenges.

Laurel Broten, MPH is the Data Strategy Coordinator with the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM). SIM is an initiative funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to integrate physical and behavioral health in primary care settings and test alternative payment models. Laurel holds a Master’s in Public Health in Health Policy from Emory University and has experience in research, policy analysis, program evaluation, and local public health. Part of her role in SIM is to develop and implement a telehealth strategy. SIM, in partnership with Health First Colorado (Medicaid), recently conducted a survey aimed at providers and payers to better understand barriers to adoption and interest in statewide solutions. The results of the survey will help prioritize SIM’s telehealth efforts.

Robyn Dietz is the Director of Account Management with CirrusMD, a local virtual care technology provider. CirrusMD provides a text-first workflow connecting patients directly with Emergency Medicine Physicians in a value-based business model. Robyn works directly with payers and providers across the country to develop engagement programs that meet patients where they are, and offer the type of medical care they desire. Robyn has spent her career in healthcare, implementing workflow and technology solutions to provide enhanced accessibility for patients.