Mobile-Remote Healthcare Opportunities and Challenges


The merge of mobility and technology has created vast new opportunities to manage the continuum of care and access to medical personnel.

​How does this convergence measure up to today's healthcare demands and challenges?


Richard Otto
Richard Otto has 35 years of experience in starting, growing and expanding innovative healthcare technology and service companies. Most recently, he served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of REACH Health, a leading telemedicine company. He also was Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Corautus Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: VEGF), and Chief Executive Officer and Director of CardioDynamics International Corporation. Mr. Otto has served as a consultant to the founder of WebMD and as a consultant to the Cardiac Rhythm Management division of St. Jude Medical. His career includes key management positions with Cardiac Pacemakers Inc. (now a division of Boston Scientific Corporation). Mr. Otto also held positions at Intermedics, Inc., Medtronic Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company.

Mr. Otto has served on the Georgia Board of Directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the Leukemia Society. Mr. Otto is an advisor to the Advanced Technology Development Center and Georgia Research Alliance. Additionally, Mr. Otto serves on the Board of the Georgia Meth Project, aimed at eradicating methamphetamine abuse. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Georgia.


Paula Guy; CEO, Georgia Telehealth (GPT)
CEO of Global Partnership for Telehealth (GPT) and has 14 years of leadership experience in building telemedicine networks across the southeast. Under her direction, Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth is recognized as the most robust, comprehensive telehealth network in the nation. The program has now expanded to form the Alabama Partnership for TeleHealth and the Florida Partnership for Telehealth. There are GPT sites in 13 states and internationally. As GPT has expanded operations, international opportunities with mission organizations have developed and GPT Missions was formed in 2013. GPT Missions is partnering with various mission organizations to implement telehealth services in orphanages, clinics, and hospitals in Guatemala, China, Haiti, and Honduras.

Paula serves on Georgia Health Information Exchange Board. She has served on the advisory board for Georgia Technology Authority, has served on review boards for grants and has been a frequent telemedicine expert speaker and consultant. In 2012 she was awarded the Metro Atlanta Chamber "Phoenix Award” as Community Leader of the Year and was also awarded by the Association of Telecommunications Professionals the 2012 Leadership Impact Award.

Before coming to the Georgia Telemedicine Program in 2004, she served 18 years at the Southeast Health Unit, Georgia Department of Human Resources, and Division of Public Health Waycross District in the capacities of Telehealth Director, Coordinator for the Georgia State Cancer Registry, and Director of the Community Care Services Program. Paula is a Registered Professional Nurse and graduate of Georgia Southwestern University. She is married to Teddy Guy and they have one son, Blake. Blake and his wife, Cynthia, have blessed Paula and Teddy with their first grandchild, Ryder.

Ned Thurman- Chief Executive Officer- TeleHealth Solutions, LLC
Ned Thurman has extensive experience in telehealth product deployment, product management and building service and support organizations. Most recently he was with REACH Health, where he managed their customer operations organization. As part of his role at this telemedicine pioneer, he worked closely with healthcare systems to configure, implement and expand their telemedicine programs.

Prior to REACH he held management positions in product development, services, and operations at several healthcare information systems companies including McKesson, Merge Healthcare, Medicity and IMNET. His client base included New York Presbyterian, Mayo Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, and Tenet Healthcare.

As executive director of Customer Services for McKesson's Enterprise Imaging Group, Mr. Thurman directed the turnaround of the imaging services organization, taking the group from a financial loss to one of the most profitable years on record. In addition, Mr. Thurman has held clinical IT positions at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and Deaconess Healthcare System.

Matt Ethington, Discharge IQ
Matt Ethington is a serial entrepreneur in the Healthcare IT space. His current venture, Discharge IQ, reduces the incidence of re-hospitalization for complications of heart failure. Prior to Discharge IQ, he founded and led simplifyMD, which grew within 5 years to manage more than 45 Million electronic medical records for doctors on 2 continents. Between simplifyMD and Discharge IQ, he served REACH HEALTH as an Account Manager, and expanded the recurring revenue of his client base by more than 400% in 18 months. Matt has served on the Dell OEM Advisory Council, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Atlanta CEO Council and former faculty of the Medical Records Institute. He lives in the Atlanta Metro Area.

Gene Guertin
Gene Guertin has over 35 years of experience in developing innovative technology solutions and managing interoperability with healthcare data systems.  Gene was Chief Technology Officer at REACH Health – a Telemedicine SaaS provider.  The REACH Health platform incorporates real-time audio/video, Clinical documentation, PACS Imaging and Reporting in an easy to use, intuitive system. Prior to joining REACH Health, he served for 11 years as Chief Information Officer at HealthPort, the nation’s largest provider of release of information services and audit management and tracking technology, where he was responsible for all aspects of IT including Systems Development, Customer systems interoperability, in house IT operations, Security, Disaster Recovery and Quality Assurance. Gene has also held senior management roles in several local start-ups including and ZipZap as well as management roles at Curtis 1000, Tanner Companies, Contel/GTE, Bechtel, Frazier Industrial and Interpace Corporation.  Gene holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil and  Environmental Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, a Masters of Science in Management from Frostburg State College in Maryland and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Maryland.  In 2006 Gene was selected as Top 25 Mid Market CIO by CIO Decisions Magazine.


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