Jim Tucker, MD from the University of Virginia Health
System Department of Psychiatry and Mike Lancaster, MD, the director of
Behavioral Health Care from Community Care of North Carolina, will join Dr. Varrell
on the Telemental Health Panel.
In addition to all
being physicians, each panelist represents a different realm of the Telemental
health industry. Dr. Tucker, coming from UVA’s Health System, represents one of
the most highly acclaimed telemedicine research universities. Dr. Lancaster
represents the public sector and the state-wide Community Care Network that innovatively
recognized and adopted telepsychiatry as a solution to the underserved
behavioral health needs of North Carolina’s Communities. Dr. Varrell represents
a service provider company that delivers psychiatric evaluation and care via
The wide spectrum
of panelist experience will give attendees a comprehensive understanding of the
benefits, challenges and opportunities of telemedicine within the realm of
behavioral health, particularly as it relates to primary care integration.
For example, both Dr.
Varrell and Dr. Tucker had a hand in improving the reach and foot print of
telepsychiatry within Virginia. Dr. Varrell’s company InSight partnered with
the University of Virginia Health System to pinpoint communities that would
benefit from telemedicine and then established a delivery plan so that
underserved consumers could gain access to UVA’s excellent clinicians. The first site to capitalize on this
partnership was a Federally Qualified Health Center that is now using
telepsychiatry to deliver new behavioral health services.
Similarly, Dr. Varrell
and Dr. Lancaster worked together to pilot the use of telepsychiatry in primary
care offices in North Carolina. Dr. Varrell and Dr. Lancaster piloted a program
in the rural Sandhills region of North Carolina where primary care sites are
now able to leverage InSight’s technology and operational infrastructure to
deliver timely evaluations, treatment, and consultations so that pediatricians
and primary care doctors are better empowered to assess and treat both the
physical and mental health of their consumers.
the quality of mental healthcare by eliminating barriers to timely, effective
psychiatric evaluation and treatment,” said Dr. Varrell, who has played an
integral role in the spread and adoption of telepsychiatry and will bring both
a clinical and business perspective to the summit.
For the past twelve
years Dr. Varrell has worked with mental health boards, advocacy groups,
provider organizations, and state agencies to revise and develop practice
guidelines, policies, and reimbursement protocols for the appropriate use and
delivery of telepsychiatry services throughout the nation.
MATRC provides resources,
technical support and networking to telehealth programs in Delaware, Washington
DC, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. MATRC was
established in September 2011 with funding from Health Resources and Services
Administration in order to advance telehealth within the mid-Atlantic states
and collaborate with similar Telehealth Resources throughout the nation.
Karen Rheuban, MD, the Medical Director of the UVA Office
of Telemedicine and Director of the UVA Center for Telehealth played an
integral role in forming MATRC and organizing its first annual summit.
The MATRC summit, will be held March 14 and 15 at the
University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business in conjunction with the
Virginia Telehealth Network.
In addition to
the Telemental Health Panel, the summit will also cover relevant telemedicine
topics presented by a number of prominent industry leaders.
speakers and attendees include:
Aneesh Chopra, Assistant to the President & US Chief
Sherilyn Pruitt, Director of HRSA Office for the
Advancement of Telehealth
Rita Landgraf, Delaware Secretary of Department of
Health & Social Services
Bill Hazel, MD, Virginia Secretary of Health & Human
Gary Capistrant, the Director of Policy for the American
William Wampler, former Virginia Senator & Executive
Director of New College Institute
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