Arizona Telemedicine Program Presents "T-Health Institute Grand Opening"


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Event includes Bioscience High School students playing “Jeopardy” in the multi-screen, state-of-the-art T-Health Theater to demonstrate the newest real-time video conferencing technology for interprofessional medical education and health-care delivery

FRIDAY, OCT. 23, NOON – 1:30 p.m.
(Dedication ceremony, ribbon cutting and demonstration)

University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University

T-Health Institute, Virginia G. Piper Auditorium
550 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix


MEDICAL WRITERS/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS NOTE: Media are welcome to cover this event, which is by invitation only and not open to the public. Participants will be available for interviews; to make arrangements, please contact Al Bravo, Public Affairs, (602) 827-2022.

Contact: Al Bravo, (602) 827-2022                                                    Oct. 15, 2009

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The Arizona Telemedicine Program will hold a grand opening of the T-Health Institute on Friday, Oct. 23, noon to 1:30 p.m., at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University, Virginia G. Piper Auditorium, 550 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix.


The newest videoconferencing technology in medical education and health-care delivery will be demonstrated by students from the nearby Bioscience High School using the T-Health Theater in an educational exercise. Students will play “Jeopardy” in the multi-screen theatre to show the capability of the system for inter-professional education. The theater is a classroom that includes a large video wall capable of connecting students, faculty and multi-media presentations in real time, interactively.


The demonstration is part of a daylong meeting of health-care professionals who use the UA College of Medicine’s statewide Arizona Telemedicine Program network for health-care delivery. The grand opening will include remarks from UA President Robert Shelton and Arizona Senate President Robert Burns, R-Phoenix, an early proponent of the telemedicine effort in the state, at approximately 12:20 p.m. and 12:40 p.m., respectively; a welcome from Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon; and a ribbon cutting at 1:20 p.m. Tours of the facility will be given from 1:30 to 2 p.m.


The renowned Arizona Telemedicine Program is a large, multidisciplinary, university-based program that provides telemedicine services, distance learning, informatics training and telemedicine technology assessment capabilities to communities throughout Arizona.


THealth Institute LogoT-Health, conceived by Arizona Telemedicine Program Director Ronald S. Weinstein, MD, incorporates both telemedicine and telehealth -- distance learning and health-care delivery -- using real-time videoconferencing, electronic transmission of digital medical images and data and the Internet. The state-of-the-art facility is housed in one of three renovated historic buildings of the original Phoenix Union High School, built in 1911 but now part of the College of Medicine – Phoenix.


The Arizona Telemedicine Program, created by the Arizona Legislature in 1996, is recognized as one of the premier telemedicine programs in the world for its distance health-care services, education and research, provided over a network of more than 170 sites across Arizona. Sen. Burns, one of the founders of the program and now chairman of the Arizona Telemedicine Council, was instrumental in the establishment and success of the telemedicine program. Dr. Weinstein, an international authority on telemedicine and telepathology, was appointed founding director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program and continues in that role today.


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