Telehealth has become a vital resource during the COVID-19 pandemic. Expanding and improving telehealth opportunities in the Pacific was one of the topics of a conference hosted by the University of Hawaii in Manoa.
Pacific Island Countries and Territories Affiliated with the United States in 2022 (USAPICT) The telehealth workshop was presented by the Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center (PBTRC) in the uh Manoa College of Social Sciences in August. The conference welcomed participants from American Samoa, Chuuk, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Palau.
“Telehealth is a new normal in healthcare; together we must navigate these changes, these opportunities, share lessons, resources and information, and focus on low-hanging fruits and maintaining momentum,” said Christina Higaco-director of PBTRC.
Representatives of public hospitals and health organizations in USAPICT were joined by technical specialists and subject matter experts to engage in in-depth discussions on the following topics:
- Successes, needs and opportunities in telehealth
- Develop goals and objectives for short, medium and long term initiatives
- Receive hands-on technology training
- Learn various service delivery models and modalities
- Summarize policy and legislative needs
- Hear examples of innovative telehealth programs during and after the pandemic
Various success stories were shared, including the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority’s tele-intensive care unit linking off-island intensivists for around-the-clock care and provider-to-provider consultations through the Swinfen telemedicine network for the center. community health center in Kosrae. Participants also received brief hands-on training on the various technologies available for telehealth at the Health Sciences Translational Simulation Center to uh Manoa Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing.
Like other sectors moving towards a post-pandemic norm, the three-day workshop focused on reconnecting, resetting, re-engaging and rebuilding a path forward to access health care and services through telehealth in the Pacific.
The 2022 USAPICT The telehealth workshop was a follow-up to the 2016 workshop USAPI Telehealth Champions Training and Planning Workshop, which aimed to create a critical mass of telehealth stakeholders and champions in the USAPI.
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