Coolest presentations, other than our own Amy Martin outlining the results of our statewide surveys of primary care and specialist docs:
Ronald Weinstein, MD of Arizona on how that state created a telemedicine utility
Herrmann Spetzler from the Open Door Community Health Network in Eureka, CA. As a teacher of healthcare management, I particularly liked his focus on telemedicine as a business model, not a technology. With telemedicine giving him the ability to draw patients from geographically diverse sites, Mr. Spetzler can afford to pay a flat fee for a specialist's time spent at one of the Network's clinics, knowing that all of that time will be filled.
The next hurdle: if we can just convince our educational accrediting bodies that if medicine can be handled in a virtual world, face-to-face video education can count as "contact time."