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National Telehealth Virtual Grand Rounds
In collaboration with the Idaho State University telehealth program, the East Carolina University Telemedicine Center has implemented a “National Telehealth Virtual Grand Rounds” (NTHVGR) program. The purpose of the NTHVGR is threefold:
  • Provide a regular forum for addressing contemporary issues in telehealth, using the substantial videoconferencing and networking infrastructure inherent in U.S. telehealth programs.
  • Foster collegial relationships between telehealth programs.
  • Increase awareness of telehealth by creating a repository of grand rounds presentations on the worldwide web.


Nominally, these sessions are held on the 3rd TUESDAY of every month from 3:30-4:30 EST. Updates for the schedule are sent via the NTHVGR listserver (see below) and on the ECU Telemedicine Center website (

There are three modes of participating in or viewing the NTHVGR:
  1. Interactive videoconferencing
    If you would like to participate by interactive videoconferencing, please RSVP with Joel Davis @ NC-REN if you're coming in IP (H.323) or Robbie Spencer @ ECU if ISDN. There are only limited ISDN ports on ECU’s MCU, so please try to participate by H.323 or webcast if possible. Joel and Robbie's contact info:

    Joel Davis, NC Research and Education Network
    Phone: (919) 248-1410

    Robbie Spencer, ECU Center for Health Sciences Communication
    Phone: (252) 744-3237

  2. Live Web Streaming

    The NTHVGR sessions are simulcast as a webcast via ECU’s MediaSite system. This system will allow you to hear and see the presenter, and ask questions via e-mail or text messaging. The url for the NTHVGR webcast is (make sure to paste the whole URL in your browser):

  3. NTHVGR archives

    If you are unable to participate in a NTHVGR session, the webcasts are also archived at the same location (make sure to paste the whole URL in your browser):


Idaho State University has established a NTHVGR list server that is used for announcements and program updates. You can subscribe to the listserver via the web:

Contact Kenny Cutler at Idaho State University ( if you have any problems with the listserver

Questions and Feedback

If you have suggestions for speakers or topics, or any questions or comments related to the NTHVGR, please contact:

Scott C.Simmons, MS
Assistant Director
ECU Telemedicine Center
(252) 744-3855