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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

Conference Schedule

September 22, 2020 and September 24, 2020
11:00 am - 4:00 pm Central Time

The purpose of the SAEM20 consensus conference is to stimulate emergency medicine (EM) researchers and educators to recognize, investigate, and translate the impact of telehealth on the field of emergency medicine. The conference will include state-of-the-art didactics led by nationally recognized keynote speakers, breakout group planning sessions, and a consensus-building process. Specific topics to be explored are: healthcare access; quality and safety; educational needs and outcomes; research facilitation; and the impact of telehealth on the EM workforce.

*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

This conference is targeted toward physicians and other healthcare and education-related professionals who have an interest in telehealth medicine research.


Note: Speakers and details may change. Check back frequently for more information.

This project was supported by grant number R13HS027528 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

 Accreditation Information: 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Cincinnati and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM).

The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Cincinnati designates this live activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course Objectives:

1.  Summarize the current state of telehealth research in the areas of education, assessment, funding, and faculty development

2. Describe a formal curriculum to advance the skill development of those in telehealth research

3. Describe other faculty development activities to improve quality and productivity in telehealth research

4. Identify a group of potential collaborators with similar interests in telehealth research


SAEM Virtual Consensus Conference Application

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


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No One Left Behind: Challenges and Opportunities for Making Telehealth Work for All Patients

Bisan A. Salhi, MD, PhD
Dr. Salhi is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Associated Associate Professor of Anthropology at Emory University. She received her MD from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her Emergency Medicine residency and PhD in Medical Anthropology at Emory University. As part of her dissertation research, Dr. Salhi conducted 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork with patients who were simultaneously experiencing homelessness and were high-utilizers of Emergency Department services at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Dr. Salhi remains engaged with homeless outreach efforts at Grady and in Atlanta. Dr. Salhi is actively involved in undergraduate, medical school, and resident education surrounding issues of homelessness, poverty, and social medicine. 

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A New Paradigm of Healthcare Delivery: Digitally Engaged Patients

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

Aaron Martin is the Executive Vice President and Chief Digital and Innovation Officer for Providence and Managing General Partner for Providence Ventures. Aaron is responsible for the digital, web, mobile and online marketing channels at Providence as well as for driving innovative new programs across the organization to improve convenience, lower cost and improve quality of care. Aaron is also responsible for early stage/venture technology and device investments for the Providence Venture fund. ​

Aaron has more than 25 years of experience in strategy and technology, including leadership of the Amazon teams that transitioned traditional publishing from physical books to Kindle. He has experience as an executive/founder at two venture-backed startups and has held positions at McKinsey & Company. He currently serves on the board of Wildflower Health, Avia, Xealth and Kyruus. Aaron holds a BS in Economics and Music from Austin College and an MBA in finance and healthcare management  from The Wharton School. ​

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Additional Speakers 


John EvankoJohn C. Evanko, MD MBA- Chief Medical Officer, Senior Vice President, Patient Safety and Loss Prevention, MCIC Vermont LLC

Dr. Evanko joined MCIC Vermont in 2017 as its Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. In this role he leads MCIC Vermont’s Patient Safety and Loss Prevention clinical initiatives, and joins MCIC’s management team to oversee the company's strategic direction. Dr. Evanko has extensive experience in leading multiple clinical transformation initiatives that align value, cost and outcomes within large academic medical institutions. As a physician executive, he is passionate about high quality healthcare delivery with a specific focus on patient safety and patient experience.  Currently, his team is focused on improving clinical outcomes and reducing MPL costs in the areas of surgery, obstetrics, emergency medicine, office practice and is developing a physician risk program for MCIC Vermont members.

Dr. Evanko was employed at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center for 18 years. He is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. His clinical specialty was minimally invasive and robotic gynecologic surgery.  Dr. Evanko is an accomplished physician executive who has served in multiple leadership roles while at NYP/Columbia University.  During his time at NYP/Columbia University he served as Division Director of Gynecology, Perioperative Director for NYP/CUMC and most recently as Associate Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Medical Affairs at NYP/Columbia University Medical Center and Chief Medical Officer, VPMA at NYP/Lawrence Hospital.

Dr. Evanko received his A.B. in Biology from Princeton University, attended New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY, where he received his M.D, and subsequently obtained an M.B.A. from Columbia University Business School

24fc011Jason Goldwater, MA, MPA- Senior Research Scientist, Index Analytics, LLC
Aditi U Joshi picAditi U. Joshi, MD, MEHP- Medical Director, JeffConnect, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Director, Fellowship in Telehealth Leadership, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Elizabeth A. Krupinski, PhD FSPIE, FSIIM, FATA, FAIMBEElizabeth A. Krupinski, PhD- Professor & Vice Chair for Research, Department of Radiology & Imaging Sciences, Emory University

Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPHAna Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, MACP- Chief of Cancer Services Thomas Jefferson University

Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, MACP, is Professor and Vice Chair of Medical Oncology and Chief, New Jersey Division Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center of Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Lopez is a board-certified medical oncologist who specializes in women’s cancers, integrative oncology, and cancer prevention. Dr. Lopez earned her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and her MD from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Lopez completed fellowships in General Internal Medicine and Hematology and Oncology. She earned her Master of Public Health with a focus on Health Policy and Administration and was awarded a Cancer Prevention and Etiology Fellowship (T32, NCI) at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Lopez is a health services researcher who has dedicated her career to supporting health equity through the implementation and assessment of telecommunication technology interventions to facilitate access to clinical care and education with a focus on community-based participatory research. She has recognized expertise in cancer prevention and telemedicine and has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and multiple book chapters.

Dr. Lopez has been continuously extramurally funded in health disparities research since the completion of her fellowship. She has most recently been funded to study the impact of the COVID pandemic on cancer care delivery through tele-oncology (NCI PB4518).

Dr. Lopez is Past Chair of the Health Equity Committee, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and President-Emeritus of the American College of Physicians.

James MarcinJames Marcin, MD

Dr. Marcin is Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics at the UC Davis School of Medicine and Director of the Center for Health and Technology at UC Davis Health. He completed medical school at UC San Diego, pediatric residency at UCSF, and pediatric critical care fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC. In addition to his clinical work in the Pediatric ICU, he conducts research and advocacy in telehealth related to access and quality of care, particularly as it relates to children with special healthcare needs and acutely ill and injured children in rural communities.

Mehrotra, AteevAteev Mehrotra, MD, MPH

Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MPH. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Mehrotra’s research focuses on the impact of delivery innovations on costs, quality, and access. Dr. Mehrotra received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco and completed his residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Boston.

Mohr_NicholasNick Mohr, MD, MS- is a Professor of Emergency Medicine, Anesthesia Critical Care, and Epidemiology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, the Vice Chair for Research, and an investigator in the Rural Telehealth Research Center. He has published studies on telehealth previously and has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, and the Veterans Health Administration to study rural telehealth applications.

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Dr. Neel Naik is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine. 

photo_ChristinaOlson-web-optimizedChristina Olson, MD- Assistant Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine & Telehealth Medical Director, Children’s Hospital of Colorado
IMG_7511.JPG_cropped 2Dimitri Papanagnou, MD, MPH- Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education and Associate Provost for Faculty Development: Health Professions Education & Scholarship,  Thomas Jefferson University
Parikh, P. DivyaP. Divya Parikh, MPH- Vice President, Research & Education, Medical Professional Liability Association
IMG_0965Karen Rheuban, MD- Professor of Pediatrics, Senior Associate Dean for CME and External Affairs & Director, UVA Center for Telehealth University of Virginia

Scott shipmanScott Shipman, MD, MPH- Director Clinical Innovations and Primary Care Affairs, Association of American Medical Colleges

Scott Shipman, MD, MPH, is Director of Clinical Innovations and Director of Primary Care Initiatives at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Dr. Shipman works with a wide range of health system leaders to promote effective innovations in ambulatory care delivery and training.  He guides AAMC activities promoting emerging high-value ambulatory care models, and supports efforts to criticially assess and scale effective telehealth innovations within teaching health systems.  Dr. Shipman established Project CORE (Coordinating Optimal Referral Experiences), an AAMC-led clinical model that establishes higher quality and greater efficiency at the interface of primary care and specialty care.


A general pediatrician and health services researcher by training, Dr. Shipman has studied the healthcare workforce and workforce policy extensively.  Dr. Shipman completed medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and a fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Johns Hopkins, where he also received his MPH.  Dr. Shipman maintains a faculty position at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. 

Sikka_HeadShot_2015Neal Sikka, MD- Section Chief Innovative Practice and Telemedicine, George Washington Medical Faculty Associates
summers-photoRichard L. Summers, MD- Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Billy S. Guyton Professor, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Chair Emeritus, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Ward,MarciaMarcia M. Ward, PhD- Director Rural Telehealth Research Center Director Center for Health Policy and Research College of Public Health University of Iowa

Marcia M. Ward, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Research in the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Her years of research experience focus on telehealth research, health services research, and rural healthcare delivery. She co-chaired the National Quality Forum (NQF) Committee on the Framework for Telehealth Measures. Dr. Ward directs the Rural Telehealth Research Center (RTRC) which is a consortium of researchers at the University of Iowa, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, and University of Southern Maine. RTRC is the HRSA-funded Telehealth-Focused Rural Health Research Center focused on building the evidence base for telehealth.

Michael Ward, MD, PhD, MBAMichael Ward, MD, PhD, MBA-board-certified emergency physician, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a staff emergency physician at the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Nashville.

Kathy Wibberly WebKathy Hsu Wibberly, PhD

Kathy is Director of the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC).  TRC’s are federally funded to assist with telehealth program development and sustainability in order to increase access to quality care for rural and other underserved populations.  Kathy is also Director of Research for the Karen S. Rheuban Center for Telehealth, Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine, faculty member at the Healthy Appalachia Institute and adjunct faculty member in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).  Kathy’s public service career reflects close to 30 years of experience in public health, public policy, program development, program evaluation and strategic planning.   Kathy is an Appointed Member and Chair of the Rural Health Committee for the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) Board and is Vice President of the Virginia Telehealth Network Board.

MGH headshot 2018Korilyn Sauser Zachrison, MD, MSc 

Kori S. Zachrison, MD, MSc is Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.


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. ​
  • Small group working documents will be presented at national Conference and forged into consensus statement with input of national group


Breakout Groups


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Planning Committee


Emily Hayden, MD, MHPE
Massachusetts General Hospital
Conference Chair

Shruti Chandra, MD
Thomas Jefferson University
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Denver Health Medical Center
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New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center

Sponsored in part by

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