Julie Hall-Barrow, EdD, has been a leader in the field of education, health promotion, and telemedicine for the past 17 years. She is currently serving as Immediate Past Chair of the American Telemedicine Association – Pediatric Special Interest Group and vice president of Virtual Health and Innovation. This year Julie was named one of the most powerful women in Healthcare IT.
Previously, she was the senior director of health innovation and telehealth and director of education for the Center for Distance Health in Arkansas, where she managed all areas of the educational programs and provided training, communications, and resources to networks across the state. She led the largest state supported tele-stroke program in the country. In addition, she coordinated all pediatric telemedicine activities at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She also served as the state's director of rural health.
She has published in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of health promotion, wellness, occupational health, and telemedicine. She is a national and international speaker that has provided administrative guidance to a number of health centers, clinicians, and administrators.
Transplant adolescent patients and their transition into adulthood is a particularly vulnerable time. This session describes the implementation of a FDA-cleared digital health offering consisting of an ingestible sensor and digital medications to focus on enhancing clinical patient outcomes at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, a 487-bed pediatric hospital and a leading pediatric transplant center in the United States.
This digital health program was built upon the hospital’s existing robust remote patient monitoring infrastructure. This program lets clinicians help patients stay on track outside of the clinic with medication taking, bridging the current gap of reported patient medication adherence and empowering patients to become more in-tune and involved in their home care management.
- Best practice in digital health implementations requires cross-functional collaboration across hospital teams.
- Proper implementation to ensure success should account for the current clinical workflow.
- Digital health technology plays an important role in understanding patient behaviors, such as medication-taking, to identify gaps.
- Objective mediation adherence information provides understanding of medication taking habits to adjust plan of care as necessary.