Publications

Selected telehealth publications by members of the Rural Telehealth Research Center:

2021

  • Weigel PA, Merchant KAS, Wittrock A, Kissee J, Ullrich F, Bell A, Marcin J, Ward MM. Pediatric tele-emergency care: A study of two delivery models. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 2021 Jan;27(1):23-31. doi: 10.1177/1357633X19839610. Epub 2019 Apr 9. PMID: 30966860
  • Heppner S, Mohr NM, Carter KD, Ullrich F, Merchant KAS, Ward MM. HRSA’s Evidence-Based Tele-Emergency Network Grant Program: Multi-site prospective cohort analysis across six rural emergency department telemedicine networks. PLoS One. 2021 Jan 12;16(1):e0243211. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0243211. eCollection 2021. PMID: 33434197
  • Weigel PA, Merchant KAS, Wittrock A, Kissee J, Ullrich F, Bell A, Marcin J, Ward MM. Pediatric tele-emergency care: A study of two delivery models. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 2021 Jan;27(1):23-31. doi: 10.1177/1357633X19839610. Epub 2019 Apr 9. PMID: 30966860

2020

  • Miller AC, Ward MM, Ullrich F, Merchant KAS, Swanson MB, Mohr NM. Emergency Department Telemedicine Consults are Associated with Faster Time-to-Electrocardiogram and Time-to-Fibrinolysis for Myocardial Infarction Patients. Telemed J E Health. 2020 Dec;26(12):1440-1448. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2019.0273. Epub 2020 Feb 28. PMID: 32109200.
  • Jonk Y, Burgess A, Elbaum Williamson M, Thayer D, MacKenzie J, McGuire C, Fox K, Coburn A. Telehealth use in a rural state: A mixed methods study using Maine’s All-Payer Claims Database. Journal of Rural Health. October 21, 2020. Doi.org/10.1111/jrh.12527
  • Talbot J, Jonk Y, Burgess AR, Thayer D, Ziller E, Paluso N, Coburn AF. Telebehavioral health use among rural Medicaid beneficiaries: Relationships with telehealth policies.¬† Journal of Rural Mental Health. September 3, 2020. Doi.org/10.1037/rmh0000160
  • Ward MM, Carter KD, Ullrich F, Merchant KAS, Natafgi N, Zhu X, Weigel P, Heppner S, Mohr NM. Averted Transfers in Rural Emergency Departments Using Telemedicine: Rates and Costs Across Six Networks. Telemed J E Health. 2020 Aug 24;10.1089/tmj.2020.0080. Doi:10.1089/tmj.2020.0080
  • Zhu X, Merchant KAS, Mohr NM, Wittrock AJ, Bell AL, Ward MM. Real-Time Learning through Telemedicine Enhances Professional Training in Rural Emergency Departments. Telemedicine and eHealth. June 17, 2020. Doi:10.1089/tmj.2020.0042
  • Natafgi N, Mohr NM, Wittrock A, Bell A, Ward MM. The association between telemedicine and emergency department (ED) disposition: A stepped wedge design of an ED-based telemedicine program in critical access hospitals. Journal of Rural Health. 36(3):360-370, Summer 2020.
  • Ward MM, Fox K, Merchant K, Burgess A, Ullrich F, Pearson K, Shaler G, Shea C, North S, Mena C. Process of Identifying Measures and Data Elements for the HRSA School-Based Telehealth Network Grant Program. RTRC Research & Policy Brief. May 2020.
  • Ward MM, Fox K, Merchant K, Burgess A, Ullrich F, Parenteau L, Talbot J, Pearson K, Mackenzie J, Wiggins W, Miller S. Measure and Data Element Identification for the HRSA Evidence-Based Tele-Behavioral Health Network Program and the HRSA Substance Abuse Treatment Telehealth Network Grant Program. RTRC Research & Policy Brief. April 2020.
  • Ward MM, Ullrich F, Merchant KAS, Mohr NM, Weigel P, MacKinney AC, Heppner S. Identifying Measures and Data Elements for the HRSA Evidence-Based Tele-Emergency Network Grant Program. RTRC Research & Policy Brief. March 2020.
  • Mohr NM, Campbell KD, Swanson MB, Ullrich F, Merchant KAS, Ward MM. Provider-to-provider telemedicine improves adherence to sepsis bundle care in community emergency departments. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. J Telemed Telecare. 2020 Jan 5:1357633X19896667. doi: 10.1177/1357633X19896667.

2019

  • Weigel P, Bhagianadh D, Merchant KAS, Wittrock A, Rahmouni H, Bell M, Laws S, Ward MM. . Tele-emergency behavioral health in rural and underserved areas. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. Doi: 10.1177/1357633X19887027 Nov 2019
  • Vakkalanka J, Harland K, Wittrock A, Schmidt M, Mack L, Nipe M, Himadi E, Ward MM, Mohr NM. ¬†Telemedicine is associated with rapid transfer and fewer involuntary holds among patients presenting with suicidal ideation in rural hospitals: A propensity matched cohort study.¬† J Epidemiol Community Health. 2019 Nov;73(11):1033-1039.
  • Swanson M, Miller A, Ward MM, Ullrich F, Merchant KAS, Mohr N. Emergency department telemedicine consults decrease time to interpret computed tomography of the head in a multi-network cohort. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 2019 Nov 4:1357633X19877746. Doi: 10.1177/1357633X19877746
  • Mohr NM. Chapter: Telemedicine for the early treatment of sepsis. In book Telemedicine in the intensive care unit. (Koenig MA, Ed.). April 2019.
  • Mohr NM, Young T, Harland KK, Skow B, Wittrock A, Bell A, Ward MM. Telemedicine is associated with faster diagnostic imaging in stroke patients: A cohort study. Telemedicine and e-Health. 25(2):93-100, 2019.
  • Shea CM, Turner K, Tabriz AA, North S. Implementation strategies for telestroke: A qualitative study of telestroke networks in North Carolina. Telemedicine and e-Health. 25(8):708-715, 2019.
  • Talbot JA, Burgess AR, Thayer D, Parenteau L, Paluso N, Coburn AF. Patterns of telehealth use among rural Medicaid beneficiaries. Journal of Rural Health. 35:298-307, 2019.

2018

  • Ward MM, Merchant KAS, Carter KD, Zhu X, Ullrich F, Wittrock A, Bell A. Use of telemedicine for ED physician coverage in critical access hospitals increased after CMS policy clarification. Health Affairs. 37(12):2037-2044, 2018.
  • Rising KL, Ward MM, Goldwater JC, Bhaglanadh D, Hollander JE. Framework to advance oncology-related telehealth. JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics - published online June 29, 2018. DOI: 10.1200/CCI.17.00156
  • Shea CM, Tabriz AA, Turner K, North S, Reiter KL Telestroke adoption among community hospitals in North Carolina: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Stroke Cerebrovascular Diseases. 27(9):2411-2417, 2018.
  • Mohr NM, Vakkalanka JP, Faine BA, Skow B, Harland KK, Dick-Perez R, Fuller BM, Ahmed A, Simpson SQ. Serum anion gap predicts lactate poorly, but may be used to identify sepsis patients at risk for death: A cohort study. Journal of Critical Care. 44:223-228, 2018.
  • Akhtar M, Van Heukelom PG, Ahmed A, Tranter RD, White E, Shekem N, Walz D, Fairfield C, Vakkalanka JP, Mohr NM. Telemedicine physical examination utilizing a consumer device demonstrates poor concordance with in-person physical examination in emergency department patients with sore throat: A prospective blinded study. Telemedicine and e-Health. 24(10):790-796, 2018.
  • Natafgi N, Shane D, Ullrich F, MacKinney C, Bell A, Ward M. Using tele-emergency to avoid patient transfers in rural emergency departments: An assessment of costs and benefits. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 24(3):193-201, 2018.
  • Mohr NM, Young T, Harland KK, Skow B, Wittrock A, Bell A, Ward MM. Emergency department telemedicine shortens rural time-to-provider and emergency department transfer times. Telemedicine and e-Health. 24(8):582-593, 2018.
  • Mohr NM, Vakkalanka JP, Harland KK., Bell A, Skow B, Shane DM, Ward M. Telemedicine use decreases rural emergency department length of stay for transferred North Dakota trauma patients. Telemedicine and e-Health. 24(3):194-202, 2018.

2017

2016

2015

  • Ward MM, Ullrich F, Potter A, MacKinney AC, Kappel S, Mueller KJ. Factors affecting staff perceptions of tele-ICU service in rural hospitals. Telemedicine and e-Health. 21(6):1-8, 2015
  • MacKinney AC, Ward MM, Ullrich F, Ayyagari P, Bell A, Mueller KJ. The business case for tele-emergency. Telemedicine and e-Health. 21(12):1005-1011, 2015.
  • Ward MM, Jaana M, Natafgi N. Systematic review of telemedicine applications in emergency rooms. International Journal of Medical Informatics. 84:601-616, 2015.
  • Merchant K, Ward MM, Mueller K. Hospital views of barriers to telemedicine adoption. RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis - Rural Policy Brief. 2015-5.
  • Gale J, Lambert D. Exploring the business case for children's telebehavioral health. Washington, DC: The Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health, The Institute for Innovation & Implementation. Brief. March 2015.

2014

  • Potter A, Mueller KJ, MacKinney AC, Ward MM. The effect of tele-emergency services on recruitment and retention of rural healthcare providers. Rural and Remote Health. 14: 2787, 2014 (Online)
  • Ward MM, Ullrich F, Mueller KJ. Extent of telehealth use in rural and urban hospitals RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis - Rural Policy Brief, 2014-4.
  • Shea CM, Teal R, Haynes-Maslow LM, McIntyre MR, Weiner BJ, Wheeler SB, Jacobs SR, Mayer DK, Young MD, Shea TC. Assessing the feasibility of a virtual tumor board program: a case study. Journal of Healthcare Management. 59(3):177-194, 2014.
  • North SW, McElligot J, Douglas G, Martin A. Improving access to care through the patient-centered medical home. Pediatric Annals. 43(2):e33-e38, 2014.

2013

  • Mueller KJ, Potter AJ, MacKinney AC, Ward MM. Lessons from tele-emergency: Improving care quality and health outcomes by expanding the care team and supporting rural care systems. Health Affairs. 33(2):228-234, 2013.
  • Lambert D, Gale J, Hansen AY, Croll Z, Hartley D. Telemental health in today's rural health system. Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Maine Rural Health Research Center. Research & Policy Brief PB-51. December 2013.

2010

  • Wakefield DS, Ward MM, Loes JL, O'Brien J. A network collaboration implementing technology to improve medication dispensing and administration in critical access hospitals. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 17:584-587, 2010.
  • Roberts LL, Ward MM, Brokel JM, Wakefield DS, Crandall DK, Conlon P. Impact of health information technology on detection of potential adverse drug events at the ordering stage. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. 67:1838-1846, 2010.
  • Wakefield DS, Ward MM, Loes J, O'Brien J, Sperry L. Implementation of a telepharmacy service to provide round-the-clock medication order review by pharmacists. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. 67:2052-2057, 2010.

2008

  • Wakefield BJ, Ward MM, Holman JE, Ray A, Scherubel M, Burns TL, Kienzle MG, Rosenthal GE. Evaluation of home telehealth following hospitalization for heart failure: A randomized trial. Telemedicine and e-Health. 14(8):753-761, 2008.