Vision

The vision of TelehealthVillage is to become the trusted, go to learning resource for telehealth fundamentals, technology, practice, policy, business development, and innovation and specialty applications.

Project Team

Original Founders

Karen S. Rheuban MD FAAP, FACC, FATA

Karen S. Rheuban, MD, FAAP, FACC, FATA

Dr. Karen Rheuban serves as Professor of Pediatrics, Senior Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education and External Affairs and Director of the Center for Telehealth at the University of Virginia. Dr. Rheuban is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Telemedicine Association. She is listed in the “Best Doctors in America” database and was profiled in the National Library of Medicine’s exhibit “Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians.”
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David C. Gordon, M.DIV, MSW, LCSW

David C. Gordon, M.DIV, MSW, LCSW

David C. Gordon serves as the Director of Telehealth for the Karen S. Rheuban Center for Telehealth, the Director of Rural Network Development at the University of Virginia Health System, as well as an Instructor in Public Health Sciences and the School of Nursing. He also was the co-founder and now serves as Senior Advisor to the Healthy Appalachia Institute at UVA-Wise, a public health institute serving Virginia and Central Appalachia. David has been active in telehealth for over twenty years.
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Jann Torrance Balmer, PHD, RN

Jann Torrance Balmer, PhD, RN, FACEHP, FAAN, FNAP

Dr. Jann Balmer serves as the Director for Continuing Medical Education (CME) of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Under her leadership, the Office of CME demonstrated significant growth in meeting the educational needs of physicians, healthcare professionals and teams. Dr. Balmer provided the strategic direction for the creation of the CE unit and serves as the Co-Lead Nurse Planner for the School of Nursing. She holds faculty appointments in the School of Medicine and Nursing.
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Planning Committee Members

  • Elizabeth Krupinski, PhD, Professor & Vice Chair for Research, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Kathryn Reid, PhD, RN, FNP-C, Associate Professor of Nursing & Co-LNP-SONCE, University of Virginia School of Nursing
  • Kathy Wibberly, PhD, Director, Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC), Karen S. Rheuban Center for Telehealth, University of Virginia Health System

Acknowledgements

The TelehealthVillage team would like to acknowledge the following individuals for their support in the development and creation of the telehealth web-based educational program:

  • Leanna Blevins, PhD, Executive Director, New College Institute
  • Brian Gunnell, BA, Telehealth Operations Unified Communications Engineer, University of Virginia Health System
  • Marci Kramer, MS, Writer & Editor, University of Virginia Health System
  • Hannah O’Donnell, MA, MPH, Project Coordinator, University of Virginia Health System
  • Laura Pierce, BA, Project Coordinator, University of Virginia Health System
  • Lauren Purnell, MBA, Senior Business Development Lead, University of Virginia Health System
  • Melanie Whall, MA, Academic Programs Officer, University of Virginia Health System

Accreditation

Accreditation and Designation Statement- Medicine

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

The University of Virginia School of Medicine designates this web-based  enduring material, and the individual courses forAMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM  designated on a course by course basis. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation and Designation Statement- Nursing

The University of Virginia School of Nursing Continuing Education awards contact hour for nurses who participate in the courses listed in this web-based educational enduring material  activity and complete the post activity evaluation.

Certification of Participation

The University of Virginia School of Medicine and/or The University of Virginia School of Nursing Continuing Education, as accredited provider(s),  awards hours of participation (consistent with the  designated number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM or ANCC contact hours) to participants who successfully complete individual courses in this web-based enduring material activity. The University of Virginia School of Medicine and/or The University of Virginia School of Nursing Continuing Education maintains a record of participation for six (6) years.

Disclosures

The University of Virginia School of Medicine, as an ACCME accredited provider, and The University of Virginia School of Nursing Continuing Education as an ANCC accredited provider, endorses and strives to comply with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards of Commercial Support and with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Content Integrity Standards, Commonwealth of Virginia statutes, University of Virginia policies and procedures, and associated federal and private regulations and guidelines on the need for disclosure and monitoring of proprietary and financial interests that may affect the scientific integrity and balance of content delivered in continuing education activities under our auspices.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine and School of Nursing require that all Continuing Education (CE) activities accredited through this institution be developed independently and be scientifically rigorous, balanced and objective in the presentation/discussion of its content, theories and practices.

All faculty authors participating in an accredited CE activity are expected to disclose relevant financial relationships with commercial entities occurring within the past 12 months (such as grants or research support, employee, consultant, stock holder, member of speakers bureau, etc.).  The University of Virginia School of Medicine and School of Nursing will employ appropriate mechanisms to resolve potential conflicts of interest to maintain the standards of fair and balanced education to the participant. Questions about specific strategies can be directed to the Office of Continuing Medical Education, University of Virginia School of Medicine or the University of Virginia School of Nursing Continuing Education, Charlottesville, Virginia.

The following individuals involved in the planning and development of content for TelehealthVillage have identified no financial affiliations associated with this content:

David C. Gordon, Jann T. Balmer, Marci Kramer, Lara Oktay, Hannah O’Donnell, Laura Pierce, Kathryn Reid, Elizabeth Krupinski, Kathy Wibberly

The following individual has identified the following financial affiliations:

Karen S. Rheuban, MD serves on the Advisory Board for Tytocare.

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Karen S. Rheuban, MD, FAAP, FACC, FATA

Dr. Karen Rheuban serves as Professor of Pediatrics, Senior Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education and External Affairs and Director of the Center for Telehealth at the University of Virginia. Dr. Rheuban is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Telemedicine Association. She is listed in the  "Best Doctors in America" database and was profiled in the National Library of Medicine's exhibit "Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians." The UVA Center for Telehealth serves as the hub of a statewide telemedicine network funded in part by federal grants from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the US Department of Commerce (DOC), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The Center supports patient specialty encounters, e-consults, remote monitoring services and health professional and patient education. UVA Telemedicine is engaged in global health outreach. Dr. Rheuban is a past President of the American Telemedicine Association, and she is board chair of the Virginia Telehealth Network. She is a trustee of the Swinfen Charitable Trust. Dr. Rheuban, along with Dr. Elizabeth Krupinski, is the co-editor of the 2017 McGraw Hill textbook, Understanding Telehealth. Dr. Rheuban has previously presented Congressional testimony regarding telehealth to committees within the US House of Representatives and the US Senate. In 2010, her efforts led to the passage of a sweeping telemedicine parity reimbursement bill in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is the Principal Investigator on the HRSA funded Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center grant serving 8 states and the District of Columbia. In 2012, she chaired the Institute of Medicine Workshop on Telehealth. Dr. Rheuban currently serves on the American Medical Association Digital Medicine Payment Advisory Group. She serves on the Virginia Board of Medical Assistance Services (Medicaid), which she currently chairs. In 2017, the University of Virginia bestowed upon her the Thomas Jefferson Award. The Thomas Jefferson Award is given to exemplary University community members that personify the principles and ideals defined by Mr. Jefferson, the founder of the University of Virginia.
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David C. Gordon, M.DIV, MSW, LCSW

David C. Gordon serves as the Director of Telehealth for the Karen S. Rheuban Center for Telehealth, the Director of Rural Network Development at the University of Virginia Health System, as well as an Instructor in Public Health Sciences and the School of Nursing. He also was the co-founder and now serves as Senior Advisor to the Healthy Appalachia Institute at UVA-Wise, a public health institute serving Virginia and Central Appalachia. David has been active in telehealth for over twenty years.

David, who born and raised in the coalfields of Southeastern West Virginia, holds a degree in social psychology and advanced degrees in divinity and social work from Davidson College, Columbia University’s Union Theological Seminary and the City University of New York’s Hunter College. David also holds a certification in executive leadership from the Darden School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

As well, David is co-founder of the Virginia Institute of Autism, an applied behavioral school, support program and research organization and has a focus on telehealth applications for people with developmental disabilities. He is published in the fields of autism, telemedicine, nursing, health administration as well as Appalachian culture.

David is a member of the American Telemedicine Association, The National Association of Social Workers and serves on the boards of the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resources Center, The Appalachian Prosperity Project, and the Virginia Institute of Autism.

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Jann Torrance Balmer, PhD, RN, FACEHP, FAAN, FNAP

Dr. Jann Balmer serves as the Director for Continuing Medical Education (CME) of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Under her leadership, the Office of CME demonstrated significant growth in meeting the educational needs of physicians, healthcare professionals and teams. Dr. Balmer provided the strategic direction for the creation of the CE unit and serves as the Co-Lead Nurse Planner for the School of Nursing.  She holds faculty appointments in the School of Medicine and Nursing. As a nurse leading continuing medical education (CME), Dr. Balmer has consistently leveraged her expertise to incorporate priorities for collaborative interprofessional care, addressing challenges faced by clinicians and healthcare teams. She led the transformation of a professional membership organization’s mission for CE professionals from CME to interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) and developed national competencies for CE professionals. Dr. Balmer launched multiple innovative CE initiatives addressing population health issues- such as cardiovascular disease, smoking cessation, congenital heart disease, newborn screening, and breastfeeding that have been implemented both nationally and internationally. Dr. Balmer currently serves on the Commission for Accreditation for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2017 and as a Fellow in the National Academies of Practice in 2019.  She served as the President, Past President and Board Member of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (formerly Alliance for CME) from 2005 -2012. Dr. Balmer received the Distinguished Service Award from the Alliance for CE in the Health Professions in 2014. Dr. Balmer represented the Alliance as a Co-Chairman for the 1st China International Conference on Continuing Medical Education. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Global Alliance for CME, and as the Chair of the Program Committee.
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