Telehealth

More than an option to provide continuity of care and treatment to patients, telehealth can also transform how health systems respond to chronic workforce shortages in hospitals.

Navigating the future for hospitals

The coronavirus crisis has provided a new context for the use of digital health solutions in the delivery of hospital-based care. Innovative digital health solutions help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in critical care settings. This Special Interest Group, in partnership with Teladoc Health, focuses on navigating the future of telehealth for hospitals and health service providers.

Purpose

To create exclusive thought-leadership products 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 expand clinical care and capabilities.

Thought leadership

Expert know-how 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

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...

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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...

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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Public Policy and Strategic Partnerships, Teladoc Health

Dr Lewis Levy

Chief Medical Officer

I educate key stakeholders about the vital role of virtual care and digital health technologies, provide policymakers with clinical insight and perspective to inform U.S....

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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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Associação Portuguesa para o Desenvolvimento Hospitalar (ADPH), Portugal

Vasco Pinto Miranda

TeleHealth Promoter
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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

NHS Confederation, United Kingdom

Kelley Ireland

Assistant Director

India

Dr Sai Praveen Haranath

Senior Consultant, Pulmonology and Critical Care
Apollo Hospitals and Medical Director, Apollo eACCESS TeleICU Service
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Hospital & Health Systems (EMEA), Teladoc Health

Ed Percy

Vice President

Ed is the Vice President leading the Teladoc Health business for Hospitals and Health Systems in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Teladoc Health is...

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Hospital & Health Systems (EMEA), Teladoc Health

Ed Percy

Vice President

Ed is the Vice President leading the Teladoc Health business for Hospitals and Health Systems in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Teladoc Health is the leading Telemedicine business in the world, virtualising care in many countries around the globe, notably in stroke, critical care, neonatal care and behavioural health. The transformational nature of virtual care has great significance for patients, clinicians and health systems. Across this extensive territory Ed uses his network and deep knowledge of healthcare to advance the transformation agenda.

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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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