Event Date: May 25, 2022
Time: 8:30-10:00 am
Location: Zoom: https://kcdigitaldrive.zoom.us/j/85682496816
Admission: Free

In this month’s meeting we get to hear about the virtual critical care solution that we missed last time due to a scheduling conflict, as well as another innovative community health study by Children’s Mercy.

In our first presentation, we will look at the virtual critical care service of ModRN Health. ModRN Health provides clinician-to-clinician support to a hospital’s care team. Of particular interest are rural critical access hospitals, but ModRN Health aims to fit anywhere clinical expertise in critical care is needed. Their credentialed physicians, nurses, and other vetted professionals provide virtual health support on-demand. The virtual link is through simple technology that does not require costly video monitoring setup or EMR integration. ModRN Health is a clinical partner to NETCCN, which is the national emergency tele-critical care network. They provide trusted virtual care teams to different areas in need across the country.

Our presenter will be Anna Hagenkord. She is the leader of the Virtual Critical Care Team at ModRN Health and is a Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) with experience in multiple ICU specialties.

In our second presentation, we will hear about ActiveKC, a study of in-community activity promotion by Children’s Mercy. This study differs from others in the past in that it looked at how the program communicated with the participants. They used both direct and virtual means of communication and recruited participants at community happenings such as vaccination events for an 8-week program that included behavioral change modules. Also participants were given a Garmin device to track their progress. To the credit of the study team, they experienced a high level of continued participation, with 88% of the 183 participants completing the post-intervention survey. This presentation will share both the design and the results of the intervention/study.

Our presenter will be Mallory Moon, MPH, Research Associate, Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition at Children’s Mercy.

Our thanks go out this month to the Greater Kansas City Area Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) for honoring KC Digital Drive’s Health Innovation Team at their annual fundraiser at the Boulevard Brewing Company. It was great fun to see everyone and share our mission and vision, and we are truly grateful to HIMSS for their recognition.

KC Digital Drive will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year with, among other things, a dinner event on November 5th. Save the date now to avoid missing a fun time!

If you would like to revisit last month’s discussion of the Digital Equity for Community Health Workers Project, the video and chat are availableat:


Every month, we bring together a group of health care stakeholders to learn and share about technology and innovation projects happening in the region–and occasionally related topics from outside the Greater Kansas City area. Our stakeholders include hospitals and the health care system, city and state government officials, health IT firms and other corporate partners, startups working in health and wellness, and other civic organizations. The meetings are open, though not widely broadcast. They generally happen on the last Wednesday of the month, 8:30-10:00 am at Mid-America Regional Council (MARC).
We send out an email agenda and calendar invite to this stakeholder list, which we loosely call the Health Innovation Team. If you wish to be added to the email list, please send a note to jfitzpatrick@kcdigitaldrive.org.