Previous Programs


Implications of the End of PHE on Virtual Healthcare

Thursday, April 27, Noon to 1:15 CT


With the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (the "PHE") coming to an end on May 11, 2023, many of the waivers and related flexibilities that have made it easier and more attractive to furnish healthcare virtually are scheduled to disappear at various times within the next 2 years. Join our panel as they discuss the PHE flexibilities that have been particularly significant for telehealth, remote patient monitoring and other virtual healthcare services, as well as scheduled expiration dates, the likely impact of the changes, and action steps to consider as the flexibilities wind down. 







A Virtual Event Honoring Leaders in Telehealth: Tuesday December 5, Noon CST 

Video of Event



The Youth Mental Health Crisis: 
Building Capacity through Innovation & Collaboration in Schools 

Tuesday, April 11, Noon to 1:15 pm CT

The Partnership for a Connected Illinois (PCI) has been awarded a grant to plan a pilot of a system to supplement existing behavioral health services to K-12 students. The pilot would expand telebehavioral health services within each tier of a public health model, providing access to self-help resources for parents and students, online behavioral health tools (e.g. skill-building coaches, moderated peer support groups, 1:1 asynchronous chatting), teletherapy, and care coordination. PCI will launch at least 2 pilots in September 2023 and several additional pilots in January 2024


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Prescription Digital Therapeutics: Next Generation Healthcare

Tuesday, April 4, Noon to 1:00 p.m. CT

General Topic Introduction to Prescribed Digital Therapeutics, how they are used and Pear Pharmaceuticals journey from clinical studies to FDA approval, commercialization and reimbursement.

  • Highlighting the difference between digital therapeutics and prescription digital therapeutics (PDT)
  • Ways in which PDTs can benefit patients
  • How to prioritize PDT based interventions for health systems
  • Reimbursement and regulatory outlook for PDTs
  • Predictions for PDTs involvement in creating the future of health care in the next 24 months.


2022 Awards for Excellents in Telehealth Leadership

Partnership for a Connected Illinois presented a virtual event honoring leaders in telehealth. The following awards were granted.

Policy to Advance Telehealth

This year’s awards showcase Congressman Bobbie L. Rush for Telehealth Leadership in Improved Policy Changes which Advance Telehealth.

Improved Care for Underserved Populations

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois are also recognized for their leadership in providing improved care for underserved populations

Advancing Telehealth by Innovation

StationMD has excelled in providing innovative telehealth solutions to medically underserved populations


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Radically Convenient Health Care

This Webinar was a case study in health system innovation, exploring the real world experience of MercyOne health system in Iowa. Discussion included be the future imperative for health systems to reinvent themselves with bold vision and thoughtful execution. Internal and public-facing digital health strategies and tools were examined—including “Patient Bond,” Innovation Hub” for rural outreach/collaboration, and innovations to address the nurse staffing crisis. Date: December 1, 2022

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Cybersecurity: Privacy and Information Security

This virtual webinar discussed the compliance, privacy, and information security concerns related to telehealth services. It provided an overview of what telehealth looked like before the COVID-19 pandemic and the public health emergency. It also covered some of the changes that occurred with the pandemic and provide insight into what healthcare organizations should be looking out for as the country transitions out of the pandemic. It discussed the enforcement efforts by government regulators tied to telehealth fraud during the pandemic.  




Making the Business Case for Telehealth

This webinar discussed the key considerations that contribute to the business case for telehealth. It will emphasize how telehealth can be used as a means to drive patient access and equity and address digital literacy and access in underserved communities.

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Hospital @ Home

Over the course of the pandemic, many health systems have deployed some form of Hospital at Home (H@H) program, but to date, many have been unable to grow their programs to be of sustainable size & scale. This webinar, which took place on March 28, 2022, featured two H@H physician leaders, Dr. Bruce Leff (Johns Hopkins) and Dr. Mark Krivopal (The Chartis Group), discussing some of the approaches they have observed that can help advance a subscale and siloed H@H program into a sizeable, sustainable, and safe integrated site of care. 


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Digital Front Door:  

On February 8th, we shared some of the latest strategies and resources for digital engagement by incumbents and hear a debate as to its strengths and weaknesses, and how we can expect the battle for healthcare consumer engagement to play out in the coming years.


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Partnership for a Connected Illinois held “The Illinois Telehealth Awards” virtual event on December 2, 2021. 


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New Players Forum 3—Payment Methodologies and Issues for Digital Health

The third part of the “New Players in Telehealth” series concluded on November 10 with a virtual discussion on health payment methodologies and challenges for innovative digital health delivery models and devices. 


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New Players: Forum 2: What Digital Device Innovations Do We Expect Now and in the Near Future

The rapid expansion in the development of digital devices raises questions that we hope to address through our panelists who represent key digital health players Omron Healthcare, Fitbit and Samsung, and, as industry experts, will share their insights along with their companies’ products. Forum held on Wednesday: October 13, 2021 at Noon CST

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Equity Forum 3

How Technology Can Help Medical-Legal Partnerships Address Social Determinants of Health

Forum was held on Thursday, October 7, 2021.



New Players: Forum 1: Emerging Digital Health Players & Healthcare

In this virtual forum held on September 15th, our panel of industry experts shared inights on emerging digital health players—Amazon, Best Buy, CVS, and others—and their new and upcoming innovative healthcare product and service delivery models.


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Telehealth Equity Forum 2—How Broadband Can Promote Equity

It is critical to take specific acions to eliminate barriers associated with the equitable deployment and utlization of telehealth services. Affordable connection to the Internet is a link for vulnerable communities to access through telehealth care they need.


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Telehealth Equity Forum 1—Projects That Use Telehealth to Remedy Inequities.

PCI presented a the first in a series series of virtual Forums on Telhealth Equity. It was held on June 29th.


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Envisioning the Future of Telehealth: Policies to Ensure a Continuum of Care for MH and SUD Patients

A Virtual 2020 Telehealth Law & Policy Forum was held on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.




The Partnership for a Connected Illinois (PCI), sponsored the 2020 Awards for Excellence in Telehealth Leadership on December 11th. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, Norwegian Hospital and Jersey Community Hospital were award recipients. A full video of the event is available below.


Video of 2020 Awards    Awards Program Booklet  


 Past Awardees


A Virtual Forum on Telehealth & Oncology During the Fight Against COVID-19 & Its Aftermath

Social distancing, lockdowns, and closure of schools and childcare services were instituted to help prevent transmission of COVID-19. But cancer does not wait for the pandemic to be resolved. This Forum, held on July 2, 2020, explored the ways telehealth can provide the vital and essential care demanded within the field of oncology.

Audio Recording of Event




Telehealth opportunities & challenges for physician practices during COVID-19

On June 2, 2020, Partnership for a Connected Illinois sponsored a webinar addressing physician perspectives on expanded telehealth opportunities and related challenges during the COVID-19 emergency and beyond. A sound recording of the webinar is available here.






On May 19, 2020, PCI sponsored a free Virtual Telehealth Law & Policy Forum on Using Telehealth in Long-term Healthcare Facilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic.





On May 4, 2020, PCI sponsored a free virtual Telehealth Law & Policy Forum on Behavioral Telehealth & the Fight Against COVID-19 & Its Aftermath



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On April 1, 2020, PCI sponsored a free virtual Telehealth Law & Policy Forum on Telehealth Opportunities and Challenges During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency





 PCI has sponsored Law Forums since 2016. Here are some of the agendas from past forums.


September 5, 2019

September 20, 2018

September 12, 2017

May 16, 2017

September 13, 2016

June 7, 2016

April 6, 2016

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