Telehealth

Telehealth has the potential to provide improved access to and continuity of care and treatment, but can also transform how health systems respond to chronic workforce shortages in hospitals.

Navigating the future for hospitals

The coronavirus crisis provided a new context for the use of digital health solutions in the delivery of hospital-based care, and the widespread use of telehealth helped mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in critical care. This Special Interest Group, in partnership with Apollo Hospitals Group, India, examines where hospitals go from here - what role can telehealth play in improving quality and access of patient-centred, sustainable care?

Purpose

To enable knowledge exchange and learning on the use of telehealth in hospitals, raising awareness amongst the IHF’s Members (and beyond) on the imperatives and advantages of harnessing digital technology in healthcare systems. Exploring how critical care providers have embraced the shift to virtual healthcare delivery to address patient and physician demand, the group will discuss the growing role of telehealth and where it can go from here.

Thought leadership

Expert knowledge to showcase the possibilities offered by virtual tools for healthcare delivery locally and to remote locations.

Expanding clinical capabilities

Cutting-edge examples of how critical care providers have harnessed telehealth in designing healthcare delivery of the future.

Pragmatic advice

Practical guides and case studies from subject matter experts around the globe on how to develop, implement, and evaluate a telehealth programme.

Spotlight on recent events

Talking telemedicine and healthcare's carbon footprint

In this episode of our Talking Healthcare podcast, Ed Percy, HHS Vice President EMEA, Teladoc Health, sat down with Sonia Roschnik and Dr Hesham Abdelghaffar to shed light on the role of telemedicine in the transition to net-zero healthcare. They discussed opportunities, challenges, and practical implications for hospital leaders of using telemedicine to reduce the carbon footprint of their hospitals.

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The power of telehealth: How can it improve access to care?

In March 2022, we hosted a special webinar with the World Telehealth Initiative and the African Healthcare Federation. Sharing learnings and knowledge about how telehealth can be used to address disparities of access to care and medical expertise, you can catch up on the recording of the webinar in full here.

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Designing and implementing sustainable and successful telehealth programmes in acute care

From July to December 2022, we are hosting a series of free, interactive “lunch and learn” workshops. Providing practical guidance on how to establish a sustainable telehealth programme, the focus is on acute care. The workshops were developed in collaboration with Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin  and Mayo Clinic. Find out more about the programme and register for upcoming workshops here.

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Governance

Governed by a Steering Committee, the Telehealth Special Interest Group is accountable to the International Hospital Federation Governing Council and is responsible for reporting to the IHF Secretariat. Further information on the role of the SIG Steering Committee can be found in its Terms of Reference.

Anna-Benavent

Hospital Universitari Parc Taulí, Spain

Anna Benavent Navarro

Director of Digital Organization

As a Director of Digital Health in the Hospital, I’m responsible for driving the full-scale digital transformation to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare...

Anna-Benavent

Hospital Universitari Parc Taulí, Spain

Anna Benavent Navarro

Director of Digital Organization

As a Director of Digital Health in the Hospital, I’m responsible for driving the full-scale digital transformation to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare services leveraging the capabilities of technology and data.

My interest in joining this Committee is centred on learning exchange. It is important to learn from other countries and health providers’ experiences to enrich our own knowledge, to make better decisions and to discover new ideas for a healthier world.

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Switzerland

Antoine Geissbuhler, MD, FACMI

Director of eHealth, Telemedicine and Innovation at Geneva University Hospitals
Vice-President of the University of Geneva

I am particularly interested in the use of innovative digital health solutions to transform processes and improve the quality and efficiency of care. Leveraging on...

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Switzerland

Antoine Geissbuhler, MD, FACMI

Director of eHealth, Telemedicine and Innovation at Geneva University Hospitals
Vice-President of the University of Geneva

I am particularly interested in the use of innovative digital health solutions to transform processes and improve the quality and efficiency of care. Leveraging on the rich ecosystem of international and non-governmental organizations in Geneva, I am also involved in collaborations with low- and middle-income countries for the implementation and evaluation of telehealth services, as well as the development of the Geneva Digital Health Hub (https://gdhub.org/), a platform working on defragmenting the complex global digital health landscape and enabling science-based decision and policy-making.

Joining the Telehealth SIG Committee represents a valuable opportunity to share experiences and knowledge with experts in the design and implementation of digital health services.

Charlie-Evans

International Health Services Group, United States

Charles R. Evans, FACHE

President & CEO

As a Senior Advisor for Jackson Healthcare (JH), I have been involved with a JH company called VirtualMed Staff since its founding in 2011. This...

Charlie-Evans

International Health Services Group, United States

Charles R. Evans, FACHE

President & CEO

As a Senior Advisor for Jackson Healthcare (JH), I have been involved with a JH company called VirtualMed Staff since its founding in 2011. This is a full-service telemedicine company specializing in psychiatry, neurology and hospital medicine at hospitals, clinics and medical groups across the United States. It combines clinical, technology and telemedicine expertise to provide partners with a full-service telemedicine solution.

My interest in joining the Telehealth SIG Committee is to participate with a “community” of experts in advancing the role of virtual healthcare globally.

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Health Care Accreditation Council (HCAC), Jordan

Thaira Al-Madi

Director of Accreditation Department

I am responsible for the overall management of HCAC accreditation and certification survey processes and surveyors, and oversight of the planning, organizing, and improving the...

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Health Care Accreditation Council (HCAC), Jordan

Thaira Al-Madi

Director of Accreditation Department

I am responsible for the overall management of HCAC accreditation and certification survey processes and surveyors, and oversight of the planning, organizing, and improving the HCAC standards development. The principal aim of the accreditation is assuring providing high quality and safe services to client that is accessible: telehealth is an essential component of assuring accessibility and continuum of care for patients.

My interest in joining the SIG Committee is to participate in international knowledge exchange on the agenda of telehealth.

Vasco-Miranda

Associação Portuguesa para o Desenvolvimento Hospitalar (ADPH), Portugal

Vasco Pinto Miranda

TeleHealth Promoter
Jennifer-Fang

Mayo Clinic, United States

Dr Jennifer Fang, MD, MS, FAAP

Medical Director, Tele-Neonatology Program

Dr Fang received her medical degree from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford...

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Mayo Clinic, United States

Dr Jennifer Fang, MD, MS, FAAP

Medical Director, Tele-Neonatology Program
  • Consultant, Division of Neonatal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
  • Medical Director, Teleneonatology Program
  • Medical Director, Neonatal Transport
  • Vice-Chair of Quality, Division of Neonatal Medicine
  • Executive Committee Member, American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Telehealth Care
  • Global Steering Committee Member, Telehealth Special Interest Group, International Hospital Federation

Dr Fang received her medical degree from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University. She completed her fellowship training in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Mayo Clinic. Dr Fang also holds a master’s degree in the Science of Health Care Delivery from Arizona State University.

Dr Fang is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. She serves as the Medical Director of Mayo Clinic’s Teleneonatology Program, which serves 19 community hospitals in a two-state region. She has published extensively on teleneonatology and is frequently invited to share her expertise nationally and internationally. Dr Fang serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Telehealth Care Executive Committee and the International Hospital Federation Global Steering Committee for Telehealth.

Indonesian Hospital Association, Indonesia

Anis Faud

Head of Informatics Division

Apollo Hospitals and Apollo eACCESS TeleICU Service, India

Dr Sai Praveen Haranath

Senior Consultant, Pulmonology and Critical Care; Medical Director

Dr Sai Praveen Haranath is a pulmonary and critical care physician at Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India and is also a founding member of the Apollo...

Apollo Hospitals and Apollo eACCESS TeleICU Service, India

Dr Sai Praveen Haranath

Senior Consultant, Pulmonology and Critical Care; Medical Director

Dr Sai Praveen Haranath is a pulmonary and critical care physician at Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India and is also a founding member of the Apollo eACCESS programme which provides teleICU services around India. He graduated from Madras Medical College and then went to the USA where he spent over 15 years specializing in internal medicine, pulmonary and critical care medicine (and is American Board Certified in these fields). He also obtained a Masters in Public Health and is a Fellow and member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Chest Physicians. He returned to India in 2011 to pursue his lifelong desire to raise the standard of Indian and global healthcare through the ethical practice of excellent medicine. He has been interested in managing tobacco and smoking addiction for several years and was also selected to attend the Johns Hopkins Global Tobacco Leadership Program in 2016. Innovation and creation of value in healthcare technology is a daily mission and he currently mentors several healthcare startups. In February  2018 he was invited as a TEDx speaker and spoke about remote critical care and likewise to the NHS in 2021. He has been active in the COVID pandemic contributing strategic thought for ventilator resources, remote care of COVID patients and coordinating clinical resources.

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Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Dr Björn Weiss

Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Consultant

After obtaining his medical degree from Philipps-University in Marburg, Dr Weiss completed his clinical training at Charité between 2009 and 2016. Dr Weiss’ research focus...

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Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Dr Björn Weiss

Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Consultant

After obtaining his medical degree from Philipps-University in Marburg, Dr Weiss completed his clinical training at Charité between 2009 and 2016.

Dr Weiss’ research focus lies on virtual care and sedation in the ICU as well as quality improvement in intensive care medicine. He was co-coordinator of the German Guidelines on Sedation, Analgesia and Delirium, part of the ESA-advisory board for the delirium guideline and several other guideline panels.

Dr Weiss is immediate past chair of the NEXT committee of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and nominated part of the Covid-19 Intensive Care Group of the Robert-Koch-Institute (COVRIIN). He currently coordinates the tele-ICU at Charité with more than 40 remote sites in worldwide locations.

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