Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth, Inc. Joins Legislature for “Doctor of the Day”

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Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth, Inc. (GPT) is honored to have been asked by the Medical Association of Georgia to participate with the annual Doctor of the Day on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.

“Georgia is leading the way in reforming healthcare using technology,” said Paula Guy, CEO of GPT.

Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth, Inc. (GPT) is honored to have been asked by the Medical Association of Georgia to participate with the annual Doctor of the Day on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. This is the third consecutive year GPT has had this opportunity to inform our legislators of progress and advances being made in Georgia.    On each day the Georgia Legislature is in session, the State provides a “Doctor of the Day” to take care of any medical needs that may arise among senators, representatives and visitors. This year those medical needs were met via a telemedicine video connection with Dr. Jean Sumner from Washington Internal Medicine in Wrightsville, GA. A full demonstration of the connectivity capabilities and exam scopes was conducted for the House and Senate. This connection was made possible with the assistance of Georgia Public Web.

Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth (GPT) is the leading agency in Georgia focusing on increasing access to healthcare through innovative use of technology including telemedicine, health information exchange and telehealth. There are now over 260 partners across the state, 175 specialists and physicians providing healthcare via telemedicine. Many specialties are available via the GPT network including adult and pediatric subspecialties. Other telemedicine applications include primary care, skilled nursing facilities, mental health facilities, child advocacy, and school systems. The network is also utilized for continuing education, and GPT provides consultative services in network design and telemedicine development and implementation.

“The GPT network is the fastest growing, most applied telemedicine program in the nation,” states Paula Guy, CEO. She says GPT is now working to launch the Alabama Partnership for Telehealth (APT) while also continuing to work with Florida, Minnesota, Maryland, and South Carolina on plans for a statewide network within those states as well. GPT is also gaining opportunities in other countries to assist with the development of additional telemedicine programs.

Dr. Jean Sumner was introduced via a live video feed carried on the GPT network to both the House and the Senate. She presented the benefits of telehealth and how technology is changing the way she accesses specialties for her own patients. Dr. Sumner was then available to the legislature for questions and general equipment demonstrations via video for the remainder of the day from inside the medical station.

“Georgia is leading the way in reforming healthcare using technology,” said Paula Guy, CEO of GPT. We are grateful to have Governor Nathan Deal, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, and a legislature that are visionaries and support the efforts of GPT to provide efficient, quality and cost effective means of providing access to care.”

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