Dr. Billy U. Philips, Jr. is the Executive Vice President for F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health. Dr. Philips holds an M.P.H. and a Ph.D. in Human Ecology (Epidemiology) from The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center . He is is recognized nationally for his expertise in cancer control education.
The F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health serves as the primary liaison with communities across the 108-county TTUHSC service area. These community partnerships provide both the framework and the mechanism for achieving the mission of improving the health of West Texans.
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Health care quality has dominated over half of Ms. Jones career as a registered nurse, dealing with patient safety and quality issues specific to ambulatory care. She is currently the Program Manager for TexLa Telehealth Resource Center, a division of the Institute for Rural and Community Health at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
Extensive experience with change management, project management, team facilitation, and workflow analysis enables Ms. Jones to apply those principles working directly with practices in rural west Texas while considering the barriers and issues faced by rural healthcare providers.
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Travis Hanson, JD, MS, is Executive Director for the West Texas HIT Regional Extension Center, TTUHSC Telemedicine programs, TWITR and the TexLa Telehealth Resource Center. Travis was born in Salt Lake City, Utah where he attended the University of Utah earning bachelor degrees in social statistics and criminology. Travis later moved to Texas to attend graduate school where he graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree in personal financial planning from Texas Tech University. Travis also graduated cum laude with his juris doctorate from the Texas Tech University School of Law.
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Bonnie is the Executive Director of Reconnect4Health and is recognized as a Telehealth pioneer/expert. She has dedicated the past 20 years of her career as a nurse, advancing the adoption and implementation of Telehealth both nationally and internationally. Bonnie was the 13th inductee into the ATA’s College of Fellows. Bonnie is a previous ATA Board Member, has chaired multiple ATA SIGs, and has participated in multiple ATA Committees. She has presented at numerous conferences, and has published a variety of articles. She currently serves as a Board Advisor and Consultant for the MATRC and is the co-chair of NICHA’s Telehealth Task Force. Bonnie has also successfully implemented CMS’s Chronic Care Management programs.
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Ogechika Alozie (MD MPH CPHIMS) is a graduate of the University of Minnesota's Infectious Diseases fellowship program. Prior to this he completed internship and residency at the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he got his introduction to Digital Health working in EPIC planning and implementations.
Dr. Alozie is currently the Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso). TTUHSC El Paso is actively involved in the transition from volume to value (#J2V), improved patient engagement and a host of other population health driven initiatives in El Paso, Texas. As CHIO he is responsible for providing leadership for physician education, acceptance, and usage of technology in healthcare to improve the Quadruple Aim. He also leads the collaborative process of enterprise stakeholders to develop the health IT vision for TTUHSC El Paso as it seeks to grow into a data-driven organization focused on high quality, engaged patient care. Dr. Alozie is an IT consultant and advisor to several local, regional and national health organizations and IT organizations.
Dr. Alozie is the CEO of Southwest Viral Med, a non-profit organization in El Paso, Texas that organizes and manages the treatment of persons living with HIV and HCV. SWVM has been responsible for the care of over 500 clients living with chronic viral infections since its inception in 2015. Based on their excellence of care, the South-Central AIDS Education and Training Center (SCAETC) chose them to provide regional HIV and HCV training. The AETC grant has since expanded; SWVM is the focal point in partnering with Centro San Vicente, a local Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and guiding them in a Transforming Clinical Practice Improvement project. SWVM is also engaged in a host of community outreach, training and educational activities.
Dr. Alozie believes that patient care is the most important part of HIV care. This is exemplified by the growth of the HIV practice from 20 patients in October of 2010, to well over 800 patients. As CHIO at TTUHSC and the Chair of multiple committees focused on Health IT at the state level, he is actively involved in utilizing Health IT to enhance patient care and improve patient outcomes. He is a strong advocate of population health and using technology to make healthcare better, and hopefully more efficient.
Dr. Alozie has been engaged in multiple clinical trials, as well as providing a teaching environment for medical students, medical residents and pharmacy students and residents. He gave a TedX El Paso talked titled “The Digital Immigrant” in 2016, and in the same year was awarded “Best Doctor in the City 2016” by the El Paso City Magazine.
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Dr Teddy Wu received his medical degree from the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD. From there, he did his neurology residency at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ, and completed a two-year vascular neurology fellowship with the University of Texas Medical School at Houston world-renown stroke team. As an Associate Professor of Neurology and the director of the UTHealth Telemedicine network, he directs and participates in the team that provides over 7,000 neurological consultations per year, including over 460 IV-t-PA treated patients annually. As a principal investigator in the Lone Star Stroke Research Consortium, the UTHealth telemedicine network is leveraged to deliver clinical research in community hospitals throughout the State of Texas. His research interests focus on identifying gaps in access to stroke care and research, and to develop innovative ways to enhance the delivery of stroke care and research.
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Mei Wa Kwong, JD has over two decades of experience in state and federal policy work. She is the Executive Director for the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP), the federally designated National Telehealth Policy Resource Center. She has written numerous policy briefs, crafted state legislation and led several coalition efforts on a variety of issues. Ms. Kwong has published articles on telehealth policy, is recognized as an expert in her field and has been consulted by state and federal lawmakers on telehealth legislation and policy. Ms. Kwong is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School.
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Nora Belcher is the Executive Director of the Texas e-Health Alliance, a non-profit advocacy group that serves as the state's leading advocate, from local communities to the national level, for the use of information technology to improve the health care system for patients. She is widely considered to be one of the state’s leading experts in telemedicine policy. Ms. Belcher holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin.
Tracie Ingram is the Rural Health Officer and State Office of Rural Health Program Manager for the Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health. She has held that position since 2009 and has worked over 27 years in state government. Tracie’s experience includes healthcare safety net development, disability services, and community development. She is a specialist in rural health matters, Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers and serves as a primary technical assistance person between the Federal Department of Health and Human Services and rural Louisiana providers. Tracie has served on the Louisiana Telehealth Task Force for 4 years.
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Sharon Rose, RN is a Project Manager for the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. With more than 30 years nursing experience, Sharon has worked in many different areas of the hospital. She received her BS in Occupational Education with a specialization in Nursing from Wayland Baptist University. This degree gave her the opportunity to train individuals from high school students, patients, and hospital personnel regarding various aspects of healthcare issues. She has developed, assisted in developing and presented various programs for hospital/clinic personnel through the years.
After earning the AHIMA CHTS-Clinician/Practitioner Consultant, she worked as a Clinical Applications Specialist in a small rural hospital training nursing staff, ancillary staff, and physicians on Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records and preparing for attestation. Sharon started working for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2012 and continued assisting Rural Hospitals and Providers in understanding and meeting Meaningful Use criteria as a Regional Coordinator for the West Texas HITREC for 4 years. Sharon assisted with developing criteria and training Telemedicine presenters in the Frontiers In Telemedicine lab at TTUHSC. Sharon has been Project Manager for the Next Generation 911 Telemedicine Medical Services Pilot Project for the past 2 years. Sharon presented presentations for the Next Generation 911 project at ATA and Crossroads Conferences in 2017 as well as published an article about the project.
Steve has twenty-four years of expertise in the geospatial technology industry. Since 1999, Steve has worked toward applying this technology in public health, with an emphasis on analytical and predictive modeling applications. He received his bachelors degree in geography from Virginia Tech, and his masters of urban and regional planning from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Previous to GeoHealth Innovations, Steve served as special research faculty for geospatial studies at Virginia Tech, as well as principal GIS health consultant for Keane, Inc.
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Tamara Perry is the Director of Virtual Health Operations at Children’s Health System in Dallas, TX. Tamara has over 20 years of experience in communication and organization development. She has served as a national and international expert in the field of telemedicine; sharing her knowledge of telemedicine implementation, expansion and sustainability as a speaker at the American Telemedicine Association international conferences. Her work has been featured in the Hospitals & Health Networks’ Most Wired August 2016 issue, NRHA Rural Roads magazine and other publications. Her recent work includes directing the development of virtual health solutions ranging from school based telehealth programs throughout the DFW Metroplex to virtual visit kiosks in retail locations.
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Charles Edwards is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana. He attended Acadiana High School and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Charles has been married to his lovely Lekesha for almost 19 years and they have a beautiful 18-year-old daughter Nia.
Charles currently serves as the Founder/CEO of Advance Telemedicine Consulting Solutions, LLC, the largest telemedicine provider specializing in providing Telepsychiatry services to underserved areas in the state Louisiana. With over 22 years of Behavioral Health experience, Charles has served as a Liaison for individuals in need throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Arkansas. He has development treatment programs for some of the largest Behavioral Health companies in the country.
Charles also serves as an Ordained Minister at local ministry in Lafayette, LA. He has been in ministry for over 16 years, where he strives to help others reach their full potential in life.
Charles’ ongoing mission is to develop and implement programs that inspire, motivate, and equip individuals with the tools to succeed in life. To encourage others to never give up on their dreams and become the best at whatever career path that individual chooses.
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Scott Phillips is Editor in Chief of Rural Health Quarterly and senior editor for the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
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