Saint Louis University

Health care leaders, government officials and other experts will discuss the future of telemedicine at a one-day summit at Saint Louis University Monday, May 20. The inaugural event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. in the Wool Ballroom at Busch Student Center.

The summit will feature more than 20 of the nation's top telehealth authorities conversing on the rapid growth of the technology and opportunities to integrate telemedicine with electronic health information systems. Telemedicine uses telecommunications and information technologies to deliver health care at a distance to people in unserved and underserved communities.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to attend; Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's office will be represented; and Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe will deliver a video message.

The summit will culminate in the development of an action plan describing key steps for stimulating telemedicine practices in Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas. Each state is expected to leave the summit with at least five actionable ideas.The final action plans will be published on the State Broadband Organizations and Telehealth Resource Center web sites.

Non-profit state broadband initiatives, Broadband Illinois and MoBroadbandNow, are hosting the event. The conference is planned by Deborah Seale, Ph.D., instructor in the department of Health Informatics and Information Management.

To register, email Nathan Woodside at