Broadband Prescriptions for Mental Health:  A Policy Conference
May 18, 2016

TENTATIVE AGENDA

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8:00 – 8:30 am Breakfast Meet and Greet
8:30 – 9:00 am

Welcome, Introductions and Program Overview
Leonard M. Baynes, M.B.A., J.D.
Dean and Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center

Robert C. Robbins, M.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Texas Medical Center

Opening Remarks
The Honorable Mignon Clyburn
Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

9:00 – 9:15 am
Introduction:

KEYNOTE:  The Future of Broadband Health Technologies
Jessica L. Mantel, J.D., M.P.P.
Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director, University of Houston Law Center Health Law & Policy Institute

Keynote:

Bernard A. Harris Jr., M.D., M.B.A., M.M.S.
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, Vesalius Ventures

9:15 – 10:30 am

The Texas Story:  An Overview of Broadband and Health in the Southwest

As reported by Connected Texas, broadband infrastructure, deployment and adoption continued to show strong growth in the State between 2010 and 2014, but gaps remain, including areas in south Texas reportedly having the greatest digital divides in the Nation.  This introductory session serves as a level-set for the policy conference, describing the connectivity and health picture in the State and the region and highlighting how telehealth has served to bridge some of the gaps. 

Introduction:

Allison N. Winnike, J.D.
Director of Research and Research Professor, University of Houston Law Center Health Law & Policy Institute

Featured Guest Segment:  Underserved Populations in the Rio Grande Valley

  Francisco Fernandez, M.D.

Founding Dean, Vice-President for Medical Affairs, and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine

The Honorable Mignon Clyburn
Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

M. Chris Gibbons, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief Health Innovation Officer, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force, Federal Communications Commission

State of the State:  Broadband and Health

Presenters:

Sharon L. Strover, Ph.D.
Philip G. Warner Regents Professor in Communication and Director, Technology and Information Policy Institute, University of Texas at Austin Moody College of Communication

Brian Henry, M.H.A.
Director of Telehealth, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Demonstration: 

ETHAN (Emergency Tele-Health and Navigation) Project
David E. Persse, M.D.
Physician Director, Emergency Medical Services, City of Houston Fire Department
Public Health Authority, City of Houston Department of Health & Human Services

Harris County Public Safety LTE
Shing H. Lin, M.B.A.
Director, Public Safety Technology Services, Harris County   

10:30 – 10:45am BREAK
10:45 – 12:00pm PANEL 1:  Care Challenges in Mental and Behavioral Health and Connected Solutions

Connected solutions for mental health have been shown to have immense potential to empower individuals and increase access to information, resources, and support.  This panel looks at challenges along the spectrum of care and how connected solutions can help address those needs.  The expert panelists will also consider current and future implementations and the policy issues and gaps they foresee.

Moderator: 

Mickey Slimp, Ed.D.
Executive Director, East Texas Interactive Healthcare Network, University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler
Executive Director, Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges & Universities (NETnet)

Discussants:

Laura M. Galbreath, M.P.P.
Director, SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions, National Council for Behavioral Health

Timothy R. Elliott, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University College of Education
Executive Director, Texas A&M University Telehealth Counseling Clinic

Susan Rushing, M.A.
Chief Executive Officer, Burke

Travis Hanson, J.D., M.S.
Executive Director, West Texas Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (WTxHITREC), Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Yahya Shaikh, M.D., M.P.H.
Senior Advisor for Connected Health, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force, Federal Communications Commission

12:00 – 12:30pm

VIRTUAL DEMO:  Technology Driving Behavioral Health Support and Patient Engagement

Behavioral health support platforms are going mainstream.  This segment demonstrates how the Internet is being leveraged to provide virtual care between clinical encounters and better engage patients and consumers in greater self-management.  Mature European models will be discussed, including policy challenges that may arise as these services proliferate.

Introduction:

Ronald L. Scott, J.D., LL.M.
Research Professor, University of Houston Law Center Health Law & Policy Institute

Presenter:

Henry Chung, M.D.
Strategic Medical Advisor, Big White Wall
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Vice President of Care Management Organization (CMO), Montefiore Medical Center

12:30 – 1:30pm

LUNCH AND TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITS

Join us in the Law Center Commons for lunch and booths showcasing innovative broadband health technologies, and outside explore the technologies of the Houston ETHAN Project, UTHealth Mobile Stroke Unit, and the Harris County Public Safety LTE mobile command center.

 

ETHAN (Emergency Tele-Health and Navigation) Project EMS Unit
David Almaguer
Assistant Chief, Emergency Medical Services, City of Houston Fire Department

Harris County Public Safety LTE mobile command center
Shing H. Lin, M.B.A.
Director, Public Safety Technology Services, Harris County   

Rice University Scalable Health Initiative
Ashutosh Sabharwal, Ph.D.
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Rice University Scalable Health Initiative
Mayank Kumar, M.S.
Electrical Engineering Ph.D. candidate, Rice University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Rural Health Telecom
Reid Freeman
Regional Account Manager, Rural Health Telecom
William Anderwald
Operations Manager, TeleQuality Communications, Inc.

SOLVD (Smartphone and Online Usage-Based Evaluation for Depression) Project
Nidal Moukaddam, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine
Medical Director, Stabilization, Treatment & Rehabilitation (STAR) Program for Psychosis

UTHealth Mobile Stroke Unit
Stephanie Parker, B.S.N., RN
Project Manager, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Mobile Stroke Unit

1:30 – 1:45pm KEYNOTE:  Connecting to Mental Health Care for People with Disabilities:  Access, Quality and Parity for Consumers with Dual Diagnoses
Introduction:

The Honorable Mignon Clyburn
Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

Keynote:

Lex Frieden, M.A., LL.D. (hon)
Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Biomedical Informatics
Senior Scientist and Director, Independent Living Research Utilization program, TIRR Memorial Hermann

1:45 – 2:10pm SPOTLIGHT:  Innovative Partnerships, Data Analytics and Mental Health

Connected health and integrated care models are spurring rapid innovation in the broadband health ecosystem.  This Spotlight will highlight approaches for improving health outcomes through care coordination, personalized care and big data analytics from the start-up and incubator perspectives.  Participants will discuss how connected and advanced technologies – like the Internet of Things (IoT) – can disrupt current paradigms and augment current health care solutions.

Moderator:

Yahya Shaikh, M.D., M.P.H.
Senior Advisor for Connected Health, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force, Federal Communications Commission

Presenters:

Thomas Tsang, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, Valera Health

Judi Manis
Regional Vice President—Business Development and Strategic Relations, Internet of Things—Healthcare, AT&T

2:10 – 2:20pm BREAK
2:20 – 3:00pm PANEL 2:   Policy Issues and Prescriptions in Broadband-Enabled Mental Health Care

State and federal laws and regulations can have a substantial impact on the development and utilization of broadband technologies to address mental health care needs.  This panel examines the legal and regulatory landscape for connected mental health technologies and will explores creative policy solutions to improve mental health care access and outcomes for consumers, including underserved populations and veterans.  These distinguished policymakers and experts will discuss current legislative initiatives and regulatory developments and offer a prescription for future policy solutions.

Moderator: 

Allison N. Winnike, J.D.
Director of Research and Research Professor, University of Houston Law Center Health Law & Policy Institute

Discussants:

Nora Belcher
Executive Director, Texas e-Health Alliance

The Honorable Garnet F. Coleman
Texas House of Representatives District 147 (D-Houston)

M. Chris Gibbons, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief Health Innovation Officer, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force, Federal Communications Commission

Mari Robinson, J.D.
Executive Director, Texas Medical Board

The Honorable John Zerwas, M.D.
Texas House of Representatives District 28 (R-Katy)

3:30pm

Closing

Leonard M. Baynes, M.B.A., J.D.
Dean and Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center

The Honorable Mignon Clyburn
Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

NOTE:  Time will be reserved following each panel for audience Q&A.