State TeleCare Director Appointed to Board

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Rob Sprang

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The Kentucky Telehealth Network’s (KTHN) goal is to provide quality health care to individuals in rural areas without regard to time or distance.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 30, 2004) -- Rob Sprang, director of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine’s Kentucky TeleCare program, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Center for Telemedicine Law (CTL) in Washington, D.C.

“This is a very sought after and prestigious appointment, and will aid the University of Kentucky College of Medicine to achieve continued national status as leaders in telemedicine,” said Emery A. Wilson, director, UK Office of Health and Research Development. “We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated star as Rob leading telemedicine for UK and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”

CTL is a non-profit educational corporation developed in 1995 to overcome the legal and regulatory barriers to telemedicine.

Sprang became the director of the Kentucky TeleCare program based at UK in September 1996. He was responsible for organizing and assisting in writing state legislation that created the Kentucky TeleHealth network, a satellite telehealth program that includes all three of the Commonwealth’s medical schools and nearly 70 health facilities across the Commonwealth. He also developed the Preparedness and Response on Advanced Communications Technology (PROACT) videoconference network. In the event of a disaster, it allows interactive videoconference connectivity 24 hours a day, seven days a week between 20 Kentucky health care facilities, the Kentucky Department of Public Health, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The PROACT network is used to train thousands of health care professionals on disaster preparedness and response.

Sprang received his master’s degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1993.

The Kentucky Telehealth Network’s (KTHN) goal is to provide quality health care to individuals in rural areas without regard to time or distance.

The Network uses videoconference technology and medical devices, such as electronic stethoscopes to bring patients from rural Kentucky together with specialty physicians, helping reduce the need for travel. KTHN is able to bring specialists and patients together, thus allowing patients to get the treatment they need without leaving their community. As a part of the UK College of Medicine, Kentucky TeleCare assumes a leadership role in addressing the health care needs of the Commonwealth, allowing the university to be preeminent among medical schools in selected areas of education and service.


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