2018 NCHICA Annual Conference

October 8, 2018 to October 9, 2018

Charlotte Convention Center

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RTI International is pleased to continue supporting the North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communication Alliance’s annual conference. This annual event provides an opportunity to learn about new technologies and best practices within healthcare IT.

Be sure to stop by our booth to learn more about the work we are doing to advance healthcare IT and attend presentations by RTI researchers.

Barriers & Facilitators for Telehealth Implementation in a Rural Setting

This presentation will discuss a study of eight frontier critical access hospitals (CAHs) in the midst of a CMS-funded demonstration program to provide cost-based reimbursement for providing access to telehealth services. Researchers reviewed applications and progress reports for the demonstration program and conducted in-person site visits. Barriers to implementation included the availability of distant providers, workflow challenges and provider acceptance. The main facilitator to implementation was external support, including additional funding and resources. Lessons learned from this study can be used to inform other telehealth implementations in rural settings.

Add Health Consumer Wearable Ancillary Study

This presentation will feature updates to the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health), an examination of a nationally representative sample of U.S. adolescents in grades 7-12 during the 1994-95 school year. The study subjects (“cohort”) are being re-interviewed throughout 2016-2018 to collect social, environmental, behavioral and biological data with which to track the emergence of chronic disease as they enter their fourth decade of life. The Add Health Consumer Wearable Ancillary Study will survey 13,000 individuals drawn from the cohort to capture data on smartphone and consumer wearable device ownership. From eligible respondents identified in the survey, researchers will obtain historical measures of physical activity captured using personally owned wearable devices.