UVA Center for Telehealth, Senior Telemed Engineer and Team Lead
For the past 11 years, Brian S. Gunnell has served as the senior collaborative system engineer for the University of Virginia Center for Telehealth. A graduate of Virginia Tech, Brian brings extensive experience in mobile and fixed endpoint vtc technology, communications and telepresence infrastructure as well as the clinical applications of mobile telehealth. Brian has played a vital role in the conception, development and application of the University’s emergency telemedicine capabilities, including the management of special pathogens, tele-stroke and neonatal interventions as well as the application of mobile vtc to enable NIH stroke scale application while the patient is in route. In addition, he has substantial expertise in developing videoconferencing in low resource environments and has spearheaded telemedicine program development in Guatemala, Tanzania, China, Bangladesh and in Appalachian Southwestern Virginia.
Brian has published in the area of mobile telestroke application, the use of telemedicine in response to the Ebola/COVID virus and developed and published a widely used portal assessment tool for use in global public health initiatives. Recent events in the community have led to opportunities to utilize collaborative systems to support the greater health system response to mass casualty events and use the systems in new innovative ways to improve internal communications around event response. ID outbreak, the need to utilize telehealth for patients in isolation lead to expanding the Isolation Management System (ISOCOM) at UVA, helping connect providers safely into infection control areas to provide care and lower the risk and need for PPE. The systems have become integral at connecting patients with various touch points for care, as well as the ability to bring family and caregivers into the conversations. Most recently his work has been focused on EMR embedded video visit and direct to consumer efforts