Dan Richter, President of MVTV Wireless, brings us the latest minutes of the Minnesota Broadband Task Force meeting held in May. The next meeting will be held Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at TIES in St Paul. These meetings are open to the public.
Governor’s Task Force on Broadband
855 Mankato Avenue, Winona, MN 55987
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Task Force members present: Gary Evans, Maureen Ideker, Steve Lewsader, Andy Schriner for Duane Ring, Dick Sjoberg and Shirley Walz.
Task Force Members on Telephone: Dan Richter, Steve Peterson, Bao Van
Task Force members absent: Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Bob Bass, Matt Grose, Bernadine Joselyn, Danna MacKenzie, Keith Modglin.
Others in attendance: Bill Hoffman, Diane Wells, Dennis Ahlers, Ann Treacy, Brent Christensen, Mike Martin, Brad Zelke, Mike Allen, John Goodman and Lacey Hart. Julie Foote attended by telephone.
I. Greetings and Introductions; Approve Minutes of April 17, 2012 Meeting
Acting Chair Shirley Walz welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked Winona Health and HBC for hosting the Task Force. Ms. Walz explained that she had been asked to serve as chair because Margaret Anderson Kelliher had an emergency meeting in St. Paul. Task Force members and members of the public in attendance were then asked to introduce themselves and who they represented.
There was a motion to approve the minutes from the April 17, 2012 meeting by Ms. Ideker with a second by Mr. Lewsader. Motion passed.
II. E-Health Presentations
Mike Allen welcomed everyone to Winona Health and provided background on the company and how it uses broadband in its delivery of services.
Lacey Hart with the Mayo Beacon Project described the Beacon Projects in general and the SE Minnesota Beacon Project specifically. The project includes 17 communities in 11 counties and 47 school districts. They have decided to focus on two diseases: pediatric asthma and diabetes. The project is funded for five years and has three years of funding remaining.
John Goodman of A-Vu Media is also working on the SE Minnesota Beacon Project. Mr. Goodman discussed the technical requirements for the three uses of telemedicine: clinic to clinic, clinic to community location and clinic to home. There are issues with adoption/utilization, reimbursement for services delivered via telemedicine, and the initial cost to implement. Mr. Goodman had a demonstration between the Task Force’s meeting room at Winona Health and one of Winona Health’s rural clinics at Rushford. Mr. Goodman also demonstrated A-Vu Media’s simplified remote control device to enable connectivity through the television.
Mr. Allen, Ms. Hart and Mr. Goodman all responded to questions related to their presentations. Task Force members were also invited to participate in the live demonstration of the videoconferencing with the Rushford clinic.
A copy of the presentation by Mr. Allen, Ms. Hart and Mr. Goodman is available at: SE Minnesota Beacon Winona Deep Dive Presentation from May 8, 2012
Task Force member Maureen Ideker spoke about the FCC Rural Health Care Pilot Project which supports health information exchange and telehealth for participating rural providers. There are 144 health provider sites on the network with regional points of presence in Duluth, Brainerd, Willmar, Grand Forks and Fargo. Ms. Ideker responded to questions by Task Force members.
A copy of Ms. Ideker’s presentation is available at: Greater Minnesota Telehealth/e-Health Broadband Initiative (GMTBI) Presentation from May 8, 2012
Lunch 11:50 – 12:20
III. Subgroup Work Time
The Broadband Adoption subgroup met and the Best Practices/Incentives and the Monitor/Understand Impact of FCC & PUC Decisions; Cost of Broadband subgroups met jointly.
IV. Subgroup Reports to Full Task Force and Feedback
Dick Sjoberg reported to the full task force on the work of his task force, Best Practices/Incentives and the issues they plan to look at in more detail. Shirley Walz reported to the full task force on the work the Broadband Adoption subgroup plans to conduct.
V. Other Business/Upcoming Meetings
There was discussion of the upcoming meeting schedule which includes many meetings in outstate Minnesota. There were suggestions for managing the meeting schedule. It was noted that there would likely be an email forthcoming from the Chair, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, regarding the future meeting schedule.
VI. Public Comments
VII. Adjourn Meeting
There was a motion to adjourn by Ms. Ideker with second by Mr. Schriner. Motion approved. Meeting adjourned at 2:35 p.m.