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2020 SAEM Consensus Conference

Telehealth and Emergency Medicine: A Consensus Conference to Map the Intersection of Emergency Medicine and Telehealth*

Defining an Emergency Medicine Research Agenda


*Telehealth will be defined for this conference as the use of communication technology to facilitate the delivery of healthcare. These modalities include:

  • Live video
  • Asynchronous communication
  • Store-and-forward data transfer
  • Secure messaging
  • Other data technologies

Registration opens December 1, 2019


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Keynote Speakers

Challenging Myths about Telehealth in Emergency Medicine

Judd Hollander, MD
Professor in Emergency Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University;
Associate Dean, Strategic Health Initiatives, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University


A New Paradigm of Healthcare Delivery: Digitally Engaged Patients

Aaron Martin
Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, Providence St. Joseph Health

Aaron Martin

Additional Speakers

Jason Goldwater, MA, MPA
Senior Principal
Atlas Research
Karen Rheuban, MD
Center for Telehealth
University of Virginia
Aditi Joshi, MD
Medical Director
Scott Shipman, MD, MPH
Clinical Innovations and Primary Care Affairs
Association of American Medical Colleges
Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, MACP
Chief of Cancer Services
Jefferson Health-New Jersey
Neal Sikka, MD
Section Chief
Innovative Practice and Telemedicine
George Washington Medical Faculty Associates
Nick Mohr, MD, MS
Clinical Associate Professor
Emergency Medicine, Anesthesia-Critical Care Medicine, Epidemiology
University of Iowa
Lori Uscher-Pines, PhD
Senior Policy Researcher
RAND Corporation
Christina Olson, MD
Telehealth Medical Director
Children’s Hospital of Colorado
Marcia M. Ward, PhD
Rural Telehealth Research Center 

Center for Health Policy and Research
College of Public Health
University of Iowa
Dimitri Papanagnou, MD, MPH
Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Thomas Jefferson University

Our Goals

Recognize, investigate and translate the impact of telehealth on the field of emergency medicine.

Consolidate existing data on telehealth, develop actionable educational and research solutions for telehealth in EM. 
Highlight existing gaps in EM telehealth research, and create a roadmap for telehealth research in the ED.

Deliver a consensus document to guide future research in telehealth for EM.

Our Process

  • Work will take place in breakout groups 2019-2020 via asynchronous work in ongoing flipped classroom and small group discussions. 
  • Small group efforts will be anchored by periodic "Town Hall" meetings. ‚Äč
  • Small group working documents will be presented at national Conference and forged into consensus statement with input of national group


Breakout Groups


How Can You Get Involved?

  • Attend the conference
  • Join a breakout group

Breakout groups will start work in October 2019 and will investigate the current state of evidence for the breakout group topic. The groups will:

  • Create a list of gaps in knowledge and evidence
  • Present their findings at the Consensus Conference for discussion with attendees
  • Write a manuscript of their findings

Contact Us

Planning Committee


Emily Hayden, MD, MHPE
Massachusetts General Hospital
Conference Chair

Shruti Chandra, MD
Thomas Jefferson University
cu-doctors-19896Christopher Davis, MD
Denver Health Medical Center
peg9002Peter Greenwald, MD, MS
New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center

Sponsored in part by

Massachusetts General Hospital
University of Colorado
New York Presbyterian
Weill Cornell Medicine