Round Table Discussion: The Role of Telehealth in the Future of Excellent Healthcare for Rural Areas

Health systems across the United States are investing in a continuous effort to provide high-quality healthcare across the regions they serve. This can be challenging when dealing with communities in rural areas, where the current shortage of clinicians adds to existing difficulties in making health care hard to access.

As health systems strive to provide affordable and comprehensive access to care for their patient population, telehealth is taking a significant role in creating models for seamless care for people no matter where they live.

In this discussion, we’ll be speaking with Bill Gassen, President and CEO of Sanford Health, one of the leading health systems in the country. More than two thirds of the communities served by Sanford Health are rural. Mr. Gassen will be joined by Dedi Gilad, CEO and Co-founder of TytoCare for a discussion about virtual care as a potential solution to many of the challenges and opportunities faced by health systems looking to provide high-quality healthcare to underserved communities.

Panelists (Pictured from Left to Right)

Bill Gassen, President and CEO of Sanford Health
Bill Gassen is president and CEO of Sanford Health, a $7.1 billion integrated health system headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, serving the upper Midwest and beyond. Bill took over the role of president and CEO of Sanford Health in November 2020 and committed the organization to three pillars: patients, people and communities. This focus has allowed the health system to become a model of integrated health care that covers the lifespan. In early 2022, he announced that Sanford Health’s strategic position and aspirational goal is to be the premier rural health system in the U.S., ensuring that one’s zip code does not limit the care they receive. He began his career at Sanford Health as corporate counsel and later transitioned to the role of chief human resources officer, and then served as chief administrative officer. Prior to joining Sanford Health, Bill worked in private legal practice focusing on health law and litigation. Sanford Health serves more than 1.5 million patients and 220,000 health plan members across 250,000 square miles. The integrated health system has 47 medical centers, 45,000 employees, 2,800 Sanford physicians and advanced practice providers, 170 clinical investigators and research scientists, more than 200 senior care locations and world clinics in 8 countries around the globe.

Dedi Gilad, CEO and Co-founder of TytoCare
With over 18 years of leadership positions both in startups as well as global companies, Dedi brings extensive knowledge and hands-on experience in R&D, Marketing and Operations of multi-disciplinary products in the fields of Healthcare IT, Enterprise Systems, Internet and SaaS. Before founding Tyto Care, Dedi was the General Manager at MDG Medical, VP R&D at WorkplaceIQ (acquired by Siterra / Accruent), and VP R&D at Aman Group. Dedi earned an MBA and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Tel Aviv University.

Emily Heineman, Senior Enterprise Account Manager, TytoCare

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