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CONTACT: C. LINDON LARSON
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-9569; fax (319) 335-8034
e-mail: charles-l-larson@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT: University of Iowa conference on telemedicine and tele-education

WHO: National experts, UI faculty and Iowa doctors

WHEN: Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15-16, 1997

WHERE: UI Memorial Union, Iowa City

EDITORS: This conference will feature state and national authorities on telemedicine and tele-education, fields with significant implications for the health of Iowa communities. Print and broadcast media are invited to attend. For a copy of the conference program, contact the UI Office of Health Science Relations at 319/335-8037.

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- From e-mail to the long-distance consultations via the Iowa Communications Network (ICN), information technology is already making a difference in Iowa health care. Physicians, administrators and other health professionals from across the state will gather to hear about the current state and future potential of this technology Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15-16.

The "Health Connections" conference will cover topics from electronic patient records to interactive video consults to on-line education. Keynote speakers include Dr. Daniel R. Masys, director of biomedical informatics at the University of California, San Diego; David Oman, director of state government affairs for Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI) and former chief of staff for Iowa governors Robert Ray and Terry Branstad; and Dena S. Puskin, deputy director of the federal Office of Rural Health Policy.

Providing excellent background and a glimpse of things to come, this conference is a unique opportunity to explore health information technology. The conference is funded by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.

4/11/97