You are invited to attend the 5th National Disability Forum to discuss “Exploring Opportunities to Advance the Disability Program through Telehealth and Telemedicine.

What are Telehealth and Telemedicine?
“Telehealth” encompasses a variety of ways to use video and other technology to enhance healthcare and education delivery. “Telemedicine involves clinical services provided by interactive communication, most commonly a video, between a patient and a practitioner at different locations. We are eager to hear your input on ways that telehealth and telemedicine might be able to help us better serve individuals with disabilities and improve the overall administration of our programs.

When Is the National Disability Forum?
The National Disability Forum is scheduled for Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT at the National Education Association located at 1201 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. The forum will also be available via teleconference.

Who are the Speakers?
Dr. David Brennan, Director, Telehealth Initiatives at the MedStar Institute for Innovation will moderate the discussion. Other speakers include:

  • Alan H. Dinesman, M.D., Medical Officer, Office of Disability and Medical Assessment, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Kathy Wibberly, Ph.D., Director, Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center at University of Virginia Telehealth Resource Center
  • Harrison Tyner, President &CEO, We Counsel Solutions, LLC
  • Scott Baker, Business Innovations Manager, InSight Telepsychiatry

Register Now!

Register by Monday, October 25th, 2016 if you plan to attend the forum either in-person or by phone. Please share this invitation with other colleagues who may be interested.

Join the Online Discussion

In addition, we are seeking input for the questions below on telehealth and telemedicine through our IdeaScale engagement site from now through November 18th, 2016.  IdeaScale is an online tool where you can share your thoughts and ideas with others and respond to their comments. Please refer to the attached guide for IdeaScale instructions.

  • How can we use telemedicine and/or telehealth in the development of claims to better serve individuals with a disability?
  • How can telehealth help expedite the timely assessment of disability claims at all levels of adjudication?
  • How else might we use telemedicine and/or telehealth to improve the administration of our programs and what factors should we consider?

To learn more about the National Disability Forum series, visit us at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ndf/. If you have any questions, please contact Joie Hill at Joie.Hill@ssa.gov or 410-965-9115.

Information provided by the Social Security Administration.