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Wednesday, September 17 • 2:05pm - 3:00pm
Improving Senior Healthcare Through Telehealth

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Session Description
Oklahoma is rapidly aging and this increasing demographic is accompanied by the need for increased access to specialized geriatric care. Telemedicine is well suited for the care of older adults and expands the reach of a limited specialty. In addition, there exists a myriad of benefits to the patients, caregivers, and health care providers. In this session, presenters will expound on the utility of geriatric telemedicine as well as the benefits. Additionally, the panel will detail the geriatric telehealth network they have created through the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative.

The Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative (OHAI) at the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Oklahoma, College of Medicine was designed to establish a senior health network across the state. OHAI particularly focuses on rural settings which present specific obstacles to improving health outcomes. Limited access to care and poor health literacy are only two of the challenges faced. Oklahoma’s health landscape is also impacted by the number of American Indian nations and their affiliated health systems.

To optimize health care for rural seniors, Oklahoma has launched a historic and unprecedented partnership creating a geriatric telemedicine network between three key partners: University of Oklahoma Department of Geriatric Medicine, the Choctaw Nation, the Memorial Hospital of Stilwell, and the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma. The network, which consists of two hub and ten spoke location, serves a rural, underserved, minority population and represents the first time such an undertaking has occurred in Oklahoma.


Andrew Dentino, MD

Andrew Neal Dentino is a Reynolds Professor, Vice Chairman, and Director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program of the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Medicine in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is also the Co-Principal Investigator of the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative (OHAI), as well as the Clinical Director for the OHAI Central Oklahoma Region... Read More →

Claire Dowers-Nichols, MHR

Claire Dowers-Nichols has been active in the field of aging for 15 years, with much of that time spent in geriatric and gerontology program development at the state level. She is the Associate Director of the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, a statewide senior health network with special emphasis on rural communities. In this capacity, Ms. Dowers-Nichols oversees program development and outreach to seniors and healthcare providers with the... Read More →

Wednesday September 17, 2014 2:05pm - 3:00pm
Oklahoma G,H,I,J

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