Last Day for Earlybird Registration, Lowery Confirmed as Keynote Speaker, Bluebird is Major Sponsor

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, April 15, 2013 – Organizers of the inaugural Broadband Telemedicine Summit are reminding potential guests that today, Monday, April 15, is the final day to register under the discounted earlybird rate of $50.

Following today, general admission registration will be $95 per person. Individuals from public interest organizations will still be able to register for $50, while students and unemployed job-seekers can register for $25.

Also this week, summit organizers from Broadband Illinois and MoBroadbandNow confirmed that Dr. Curtis Lowery, viewed as a champion of antenatal and neonatal telemedicine, will be the summit’s keynote speaker.

Lowery currently serves as the chair for UAMS' Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has changed the way healthcare is provided to women with high-risk pregnancies throughout Arkansas. In addition to bringing healthcare access through telemedicine, he facilitated the process in which Arkansas insurance handles telemedicine, increased Medicaid reimbursements for care provided through telemedicine and promoted a state-wide understanding of the benefits of telemedicine to health care facilities and the patients they serve.

Lowery’s presentation will focus on the success of the ANGELS Program.

The Antenatal and Neonatal Guidelines, Education and Learning System (ANGELS) is an innovative consultative service for a wide range of physicians including family practitioners, obstetricians, neonatologists and pediatricians in Arkansas.

With significant support from the Arkansas Department of Human Services, ANGELS provides evidence-based guidelines for maternal-fetal and neonatal care. The Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Neonatology Divisions develop these guidelines in collaboration with physicians across Arkansas.

Also this week, Bluebird Network has been confirmed as a major sponsor of the Broadband Telemedicine Summit.

Headquartered in Columbia, MO,  Bluebird Network was formed by integrating three companies: Bluebird Media, Missouri Network Alliance and Illinois Network Alliance. This integration created a leading Missouri and Illinois telecommunications company that provides 6,000 miles of high-speed broadband and fiber optic connections to Midwest communities. Currently, the Bluebird fiber network has over 100 Points of Presence sites spanning the Midwest and includes POPs in the core cities of Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Tulsa. Additionally, Bluebird has a national reach through its partner, INDATEL Group, which connects the fiber-optic networks of independent telephone companies across the United States.

“Bluebird Network believes it is essential to offer dependability, security and flexibility to support the sophisticated network requirement for emerging healthcare technology applications. High-speed broadband enables healthcare providers to use electronic health records, online patient communications, electronic prescriptions and real-time video conferencing,” said Michael C. Morey, President & CEO, Bluebird Network.

For more information, visit us at BluebirdNetwork.com

The Broadband Telemedicine Summit is a full-day event on Monday, May 20 at the Busch Student Center on the St. Louis University campus. A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at a special rate for participants who wish to spend Sunday, May 19 in St. Louis. The group block name is “Broadband Telemedicine Summit” and the booking ID is 1607.

For full conference information, including registration rates, session information and more, visit broadbandtelemedicine.eventbrite.com.

Sponsorship opportunities for the Broadband Telemedicine Summit are still available. Organizations interested in sponsoring the event should contact anne.madonia@broadbandillinois.org.

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BROADBAND TELEMEDICINE SUMMIT FACT SHEET

Logistics: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday, May 20 in the Wool Ballroom of the Busch Student Center, 20 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103. Register online at broadbandtelemedicine.eventbrite.com.

Hosted by: Broadband Illinois, MoBroadbandNow

What is the Broadband Telemedicine Summit all about? 

Healthcare providers, telehealth leaders and telecommunication experts will:

· Share how they are using telemedicine to address healthcare needs and challenges in diverse regions throughout each state (rural, urban, etc)

· Discuss state and federal policy that supports or inhibits the adoption of telemedicine

· Identify opportunities for integrating electronic health systems that are used to deliver care (telemedicine) and share medical information across healthcare organizations (health information exchanges)

· Develop an action plan to further stimulate the practice of telemedicine in each state.


Who Should Attend the Broadband Telemedicine Summit?

· Healthcare professionals and managers

· Telehealth providers and managers

· Healthcare business development officers

· Healthcare payers

· Healthcare associations

· Policy makers

· Agency leaders and payers

· Telemedicine vendors and suppliers

· Telecommunications providers

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