COVID-19 changed the trajectory of telemedicine and virtual care. We’ve brought together a panel of experts from across Johns Hopkins to talk what’s changed, where we are now, and implications for the future.
- How did telemedicine restrictions change amid the COVID-19 pandemic? What are some ways health care organizations took advantage of new capabilities?
- What exciting opportunities are on the horizon in terms of technology or practice?
- How is telehealth and virtual care impacting interprofessional teamwork?
- What research or scholarship is currently under way in this arena?
- How has telehealth changes impacted low income communities?
- How have telehealth changes changed globally? Locally?
- Where are we now in terms of restrictions for telemedicine? In terms of technology?
- What challenges remain?
- How are health care facilities harmonizing virtual and in person care?
Rita Ferrari D’Aoust is an expert in interprofessional education, community service, and providing access to care for vulnerable populations. Dr. D’Aoust has long made her mark where the business of education and health care intersect. She has led advances in curriculum and classroom technology that match an understanding of ways to construct learning with the philosophy of education and a mastery of financial issues in higher education. At the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, she continues to lead the development and implementation of innovative teaching and learning strategies.
A member of the Global Tracheotomy Collaborative, Vinciya Pandian is internationally known for her clinical expertise in improving the care, safety, and quality of life of tracheostomy patients. Her primary scientific work, funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (R01NR017433), focuses on identifying signs and symptoms of laryngeal injury post-extubation in the intensive care unit. In addition to ICUs, her research expands to community (cities of Baltimore and Aberdeen) and global settings (Nigeria). Dr. Pandian is passionate about educating care providers on the best multidisciplinary approaches to improving outcomes of critically ill patients. She also excels in mentoring high school and college students by helping them participate in research, quality improvement efforts, and evidence-based projects, and eventually publishing their work successfully. She has served as a director of practice, education, and research for the Johns Hopkins Airway Program that includes the Tracheostomy and Difficult Airway Response Programs. She is associate director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice-Executive Program, director of the Research Honors Program, president of the Sigma Nu Beta at-large chapter, and vice president of the Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Nurses. Her entrepreneurial work surrounds developing, implementing, and evaluating various products and programs. Dr. Pandian earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Christian Medical College at Vellore, India; master’s and PhD degrees at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing; and an MBA at the University of Baltimore.
Marianne Fingerhood has been a nurse for over 35 years. Her career began at the bedside in Cardiac Critical Care and continued as a staff educator. She has been a nurse practitioner in adult primary care for more than 20 years and a clinical preceptor and nursing instructor for the past 19 years. In all settings, she has brought a passion for education, whether it be with patients, students, or colleagues. As a nurse practitioner with Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, she collaborates with other members of the health care team to promote excellence in prevention and management of chronic illness and patient education. Her areas of interest are safe opioid prescribing, identification and treatment of opioid use disorder, and the support and education of nurse practitioners as they transition into their roles as primary care providers. In July 2020, she received a grant from the Maryland Higher Education Commission to begin a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Fellowship.
Dr. Mona Bahouth is a stroke neurologist and researcher specializing in patient-centered approaches to enhancing early stroke recovery. Dr. Bahouth earned her MSN at Syracuse University, her MD at the University of Maryland, and her PhD from the Johns Hopkins University. She completed her residency in neurology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by a cerebrovascular fellowship at that institution. Her work focuses on innovative solutions to optimizing systems of care in the early stroke recovery period.
Vanessa Battista, a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP), is a member of the pediatric neuromuscular team at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She received her nursing and master’s degrees from Columbia University School of Nursing, and completed a certificate in pastoral ministry at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. She previously worked as a PNP at Columbia University Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital. She developed the Pediatric Palliative Care Master’s subspecialty program while on faculty at the Boston College School of Nursing.
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Michael Joseph Diño, a second-year Ph.D. student at the Johns Hopkins University, is the President of the Phi Gamma Chapter (the first and only virtual chapter) of the Sigma International Honor Society in Nursing, and the Director for Research Development and Innovation Center of the Our Lady of Fatima University in Valenzuela City, Philippines. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) and former member of its Advisory Board for Health and Medicine in the Asia Pacific Region. He is an alumnus of the ICN’s Global Nursing Leadership Institute (GNLI), Sigma’s Experienced Faculty Leadership Academy (ENFLA), and currently part of AACN’s GNSA, Digital Innovators program. He is Sigma Nursing’s 2019 Emerging Nurse Researcher awardee, Turnitin’s Academic Integrity Ambassador, and a Philippine National Research Council’s Research and Development (RD) Leader for immersive reality for disaster response program. He is currently leading several projects on Fourth Industrial Revolution Technologies for health. His dissertation paper focuses on Humanoid Technologies and Robotics in Nursing.
Hannah Parks, is a third year DNP-FNP student at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. In her work as a nurse, she takes pride in caring for patients living in the community with chronic diseases, especially diabetes. Her Doctor of Nursing Practice Quality Improvement Project focused on enhancing access to digital Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) for uninsured adults in Appalachia.
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