ESCRBC/SIHD Telehealth Workhop
Nov 29th 2012, Lone Pine, CA
- Impact of connectivity and new telehealth opportunities within rural communities
- How health information exchange (HIE) will improve healthcare services
California Telehealth Network
Southern Sierra Telehealth Network
Medical Director, Cardiovascular Imaging, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital;
Executive Director, Southern Sierra Telehealth Network;
Statewide Health Information Technology Development
(CBC, CTN, CalHIPSO, CSRHA, CHHS eHealth Coordinating Ctte, etc.)
Kathy J. Chorba
California Telehealth Resource Center
Director of Operations
California Telehealth Network
Executive Director California Telehealth Resource Center
Kathy Chorba’s background includes 13 years of telemedicine and health informatics experience, gathered from her previous roles at the Center for Connected Health Policy, the University of California Davis, in the Center for Health and Technology, and the Health Informatics Program.
Ms. Chorba was a founding member of the UC Davis Center for Health and Technology (CHT) Telemedicine Program, which began in 1996. She continued working with CHT until 2008.At that time she transitioned to the Health Informatics Program, which teaches the incorporation of information and patient care technologies as tools for the researcher, patient care provider, and general population.
As a member of the Telemedicine Program’s development team, Ms. Chorba played an active leadership role in clinic development, strategic visioning and the development process of new programs and joint ventures. She served as Instructor for the Center for Health and Technology’s Telemedicine Learning Center (TLC) from 1999 to 2008, and assumed the role of TLC Director from 2006 to 2008. As an invited guest speaker, Ms. Chorba has presented telemedicine topics at national and bi-national conferences throughout the United States.
Throughout Ms. Chorba’s history with the UC Davis Health System, she has acquired an extensive clinical operations background in primary care, rural health, and the delivery of specialty care. In her role as Telemedicine Operations Manager, Ms. Chorba has successfully implemented more than 30 UC Davis specialty clinics at more than 40 community hospitals and clinics throughout California. Ms. Chorba’s exposure to the diverse medical needs of California’s rural communities provides her with a wealth of knowledge regarding the challenges and successes of telemedicine.
Earl W. Ferguson
Executive Director, Southern Sierra TeleHealth Network
Board of Directors of CTN, CalHIPSO, and California Broadband Coop
Dr. Ferguson is a cardiologist, critical care and preventive medicine specialist and an independent consultant in telemedicine, telecommunications and computer applications to healthcare with a focus on development of sustainable business models. He has been active in the American Telemedicine Association since it was founded and is active in the Business & Finance Special Interest Group. He is CEO of Sun BioMedical Technologies founded in 2002 to apply systems biology (genomics and proteomics) approaches to early disease detection, primarily infectious diseases (including tuberculosis and malaria), but also chronic diseases.
He is a Clinical Professor of Health Policy and Management, Loma Linda University, was on the Board of Directors of the California Telemedicine and eHealth Center 1997 to 2004 (Chair, 2002-4) and currently serves on numerous other boards and advisory committees, including the Board of Directors, California State Rural Health Association; Advisory Council, California Telehealth Network; External Advisory Council, National Space BioMedical Research Institute.
He directed NASA’s telemedicine and telecommunications applications to healthcare programs, before leaving federal service in 1996 to develop rural telemedicine applications. He has been a proponent of Internet Telemedicine applications since 1994 and was the chief architect of the Southern Sierra TeleHealth Network (SSTN), established in 2000 to provide telemedicine and telehealth services to the rural high desert areas of California (12% of the land area of California; 134,000 inhabitants). The SSTN is a rural telemedicine hub that provides more than 100 interactive high definition video telemedicine consultations a month, plus store-and-forward services (teledermatology, telepathology, and teleradiology) and e-health educational services. RRH has implemented numerous other innovative health information technologies and maintains a National Library of Medicine Web Portal for community and provider access. Dr. Ferguson is the PI on a United Healthcare/PacifiCare grant to develop a more extensive telehealth network to remote areas of Inyo County. He is also the PI on a HRSA ORPH Rural Health Network Development Grant for rural community health screening, targeted interventions, education and outcomes research related to implementation of information technologies in frontier areas of Inyo County.
CEO & CFO for Southern Inyo Healthcare District (SIHD)
President-elect for CA State Rural Health Association.
SIHD is located in a frontier area of CA along the eastern sierra in Lone Pine at the base of Mt Whitney. She is part of the board of directors for California State Rural Health Association (CSRHA)