April 2 – 4, 2017
Lansdowne Resort and Spa, Leesburg, VA

Call for Poster Session Abstracts

Call for Poster Session Abstracts: Quality and Innovation in Telehealth

The Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC) invites you to submit an abstract on a topic related to Quality and Innovation in Telehealth for poster presentations at the MATRC 2017 Annual Telehealth Summit. Of particular interest are projects that relate to innovative uses of telehealth technologies to improving population/public health outcomes, advance patient engagement, improve health education, and demonstrate efficacy and quality. All submissions must be original research that has not previously been presented. This call is open to practitioners, faculty, and students from all disciplines.


ABSTRACT CATEGORIES

A. Innovations in Population Health includes, but is not limited to new and innovative uses of telehealth technologies that:

  • Reduce health disparities
  • Improve the management of chronic diseases and/or the coordination of care
  • Support/promote patient engagement in preventive/positive health behaviors
  • Support/educate health professionals to improve their knowledge and understanding of best practices in population health management.

B. Innovations in Behavioral Health includes, but is not limited to new and innovative uses of telehealth technologies that:

  • Reduce behavioral health disparities
  • Facilitates the diagnosis, treatment, and/or management of mental illnesses, including substance use and other addictions
  • Support patient engagement in preventive/positive health behaviors
  • Support/educate health professionals to improve their knowledge and understanding of best practices in behavioral health management.

C. Innovations in Health Service Delivery includes, but is not limited to new and innovative uses of telehealth technologies that:

  • Improve the diagnosis, treatment, and/or management of complex or rare health conditions
  • Support/educate health professionals to improve their knowledge and understanding of how to manage complex or rare health conditions.
  • Mobilize nontraditional providers in communities to deliver health education and/or services
  • Facilitates the use of inter-professional care teams in the delivery of health care services

D. Improvements in Health Care Quality includes, but is not limited to projects that can contribute to the evidence base regarding how telehealth:

  • Improves adherence to evidence-based practices
  • Increases efficiency/reduces waste
  • Enhances timely access to care
  • Reduces medical errors/increases patient safety


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Abstract
The abstract should be submitted via a Word document or using Rich Text Format, not PDF. Each abstract word count (not including names, titles and organization) must be 250 words or less and should include the following:

  • Poster Title
  • Introductory paragraph stating the background or purpose of the proposed poster
  • Body paragraph providing an overview of the activity or study (if a research study, include information about research methodology).
  • Concluding paragraph highlighting the poster’s main teaching points and/or results and conclusions of the project

In addition to the abstract please also provide:

1. Name, Title, Organizational Affiliation, and City, State (for all authors)

2. Poster Category (select one of the four below)

  • Innovations in Population Health
  • Innovations in Behavioral Health
  • Innovations in Health Service Delivery
  • Improvements in Health Care Quality

3. Bio sketch
Submit a brief bio sketch (no more than 75 words) for the lead presenter. Include the lead presenter’s full name, email address, and phone number.

Submission Method/Deadline
Abstracts and bio sketches must be submitted to Anita Browning at Anita.Browning@virginia.edu on/before 5:00 PM EST Friday, February 3, 2017. Late submissions will not be reviewed.


SELECTION PROCESS

Submissions that adhere to the above guidelines will be reviewed and scored by the MATRC Poster Abstract Review Panel. Final selections will be based on: relevance to the abstract categories, the innovative nature of the project or study, and the quality and clarity of the abstract. Abstracts will undergo review and selection via a blind peer review process. Time and space constraints will dictate the number of posters selected for presentation.

The lead presenter will be notified by email regarding acceptance of the submission during the week of February 20, 2017. It is expected that the lead presenter will be available to provide brief (approximately 8 minute) presentations in a “speed round” format during the scheduled breakout sessions and will be present with the poster after the breakout sessions to answer questions. Poster presentations “speed round” breakouts will take place on Monday, April 3, 2017.

The lead presenter (and any others who plan to present) MUST register for the Summit. All lead presenters for accepted poster presentations will receive a $50 discount code for the 2017 MATRC Summit registration.

Please direct all questions concerning this call for poster abstracts to Anita Browning at anita.browning@virginia.edu or 434.270.5338.