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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Dec. 4, 2000
UI telemedicine service to be showcased at NLM conference
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University Hospital School's (UHS)
pioneering telemedicine service for Iowa children with disabilities will be
showcased at the National Library of Medicine's 2000 Conference, held Dec.
4 in Bethesda, Md.
University of Iowa Health Care representatives at the
conference will include: Michael Kienzle, M.D., professor of internal medicine,
associate dean for clinical affairs and medical communications in the UI College
of Medicine, and project investigator for telehealth initiatives at the UI;
Dennis Harper, Ph.D., UI professor of pediatrics and project director for
the telemedicine project at UHS; David Wacker, Ph.D., team leader for the
UHS biobehavioral service; and Debora Downey, speech pathologist and team
leader for the UHS augmentative communication service. Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack
and U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin also will attend the presentation.
The UHS telemedicine service delivers care to rural Iowa
children with disabilities by partnering with community service providers.
Using the technology of the Iowa Communications Network (ICN),
community health care practitioners, education staff, patients and their families,
and UHS staff are linked together, minimizing the need for patients to leave
their community to receive specialized health care consultations. The ICN
technology allows the professionals involved with a patient to develop an
optimal plan of care with the patient and their family using live video, high
quality pictures and sound.
The Bethesda presentation will focus on the specific collaboration
with Ottumwa physician Jay Heitsman, Cheryl Jones, a pediatric nurse practitioner
with the UI Child Health Specialty Clinics in the Ottumwa area, and Mary Ellen
Becker, special education director from Southern Prairie Area Education Agency.
The presentation will highlight the results of UHS research funded by the
National Library of Medicine regarding the effectiveness and acceptability
of health care services delivered through this new technology.
University Hospital School, Iowas University Affiliated
Program, is a component of University of Iowa Health Care, providing a broad
range of health, training, research and related services to infants, children
and adults with disabilities throughout Iowa.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership
between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the
patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.