Inside the CTeL Summit: An Interview with CTeL Executive Director Greg Billings

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Greg, what prompted the Center for Telehealth & e-Health Law to convene the first CTeL Summit?
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Several years ago, CTeL was approached by representatives of large health systems, Fortune 100 companies, and state medical licensing boards as the appropriate organization to provide a neutral and unbiased forum to facilitate a high-level conversation among industry stakeholders.

We keep the group small and the dialogue substantive, and energetic attendee participation is the result.

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What is the meeting format?
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People are seated at roundtables, and all attendees have access to a microphone. The format is conversational in nature; however, there is a structured agenda with designated speakers. Our Summits are void of PowerPoint and long presentations. Summits are true dialogues.

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Who attends CTeL Summits?
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Summit attendees are the decision-makers and those with accountability for telehealth programs in their organization.

At the CTeL Summit table you will find representatives from large health systems and hospitals, universities, large employers, state and federal regulators, investment firms, and virtually any organization in the telehealth space. You will meet physicians, nurses and other clinicians, attorneys, entrepreneurs, employee benefits advisors, and telehealth technology providers, among others. These events are equally beneficial for both the novice and the seasoned telehealth veteran.

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You have told me that you do not have exhibitors. Please explain.
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CTeL is committed to maintaining our mission of independent content, and we have chosen not to accept sponsorship money for our Summits.  Attendee registration fees are the sole support for CTeL Summits, allowing us to continue to host these very unique experiences.

CTeL Summits are a different kind of meeting. You come to a CTeL Summit because you need access to substantive policy, legal, and market information that will impact your telehealth program or company.

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Can you cite the main reason to attend?
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Let me quote someone who has attended every CTeL Summit … “It was another great summit and the structure of the event — speakers and participants do make it a unique event. Participant size was perfect – large enough to cover broad spectrum of opinion but small enough to support interaction.”

Greg Billings serves as CTeL’s Executive Director responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of CTeL’s mission to provide legal and regulatory research and information to the telehealth community.

Before serving as CTeL’s Executive Director, Mr. Billings served as Senior Government Relations Director in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm Drinker, Biddle & Reath. He has held positions as Deputy Chief of Staff to two senior US Senators. Mr. Billings also served as Chief of Staff to the Administrator of the Farm Service Agency with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the largest within the USDA, with over 13,000 employees located in all 50 states and the US territories.

 

Click here to register for the Fall 2016 CTeL Executive Telehealth Summit.

Click here to view the Fall 2016 Summit agenda.

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