Transatlantic Telehealth Research Network (TTRN)

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Sharing Telehealth Innovations to Improve Treatment Access and Quality

The proceedings from the TTRN 2023 Conference as well as two brief videos are now available.

The Transatlantic Telehealth Research Network (TTRN) 2023 conference was held in August 2023 at the University of California Berkeley’s Sutardja Dai Hall, home to the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute. The conference brought together 130 researchers, health care providers, technology entrepreneurs and others from around the world, building on over a decade of partnership between colleagues in the United States and Denmark.

This summary provides highlights from the dozens of presentations that filled the two days of the conference. It is intended to capture the flow of ideas and resources for those who wish to refer to them in the future, as well as to spark additional collaborations and connections across organizational walls, sectoral silos and national boundaries. 

The summary is organized according to overlapping themes: training and practice implications for the health care workforce; telehealth models for specific age groups (particularly children and older adults); program models and their implementation; assessing and evaluating telehealth contributions; and presentations centered on digital equity. A closing session explored the current state of telehealth overall and next steps for researchers, practitioners and policymakers. A conference agenda is included as well.

This video from the conference features distinguished speakers who share digital health lessons and explore the implications of digital health for the future. The video shares highlights of speakers’ presentations about technology’s role in supporting and/or challenging healthcare systems.

Speakers include:

  • Birthe Dinesen (Aalborg University).
  • Ida Grønborg (Cacta)
  • Sarah Cary Haynes (University of California, Davis)
  • Katherine Kim (University of California, Davis)
  • Courtney Lyles (University of California, Davis)
  • Scott McGrath (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Vimal Kirti Mishra (University of California, Davis)
  • Peter Yellowlees (University of California, Davis)

The conference was co-sponsored by TTRN, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute and organized by TTRN, CITRIS, UC Berkeley and the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth.

What are the gaps, challenges and opportunities going forward in building capacity in health care through technology?

An International Perspective on Building Capacity in Health Care through Technology was an international scientific conference held on August 22-23, 2023 at the University of California.  This video features highlights from a roundtable conversation among distinguished speakers who share their perspectives on building capacity in health care through technology. The conversation touches on lessons learned, gaps, challenges, and future research opportunities in digital health.

Speakers in this video include:

  • Nancy Albert (Cleveland Clinic Health System)
  • Gale Berkowitz (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Birthe Dinesen (Aalborg University)
  • Kristian Kidholm (Odense University Hospital)
  • Katherine Kim (University of California, Davis)
  • Jon Steffen Therkildsen (Innovation Centre Denmark in Silicon Valley)

The conference was co-sponsored by TTRN, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute and organized by TTRN, CITRIS, UC Berkeley and the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth.

About TTRN


Long before COVID-19 accelerated the adoption of telehealth practices throughout the health care system, members of the Transatlantic Telehealth Research Network (TTRN) were exploring ways to share their discoveries across sectors and across borders. From diagnostics to preventive care and treatment for a variety of conditions, telehealth technologies have the potential to help patients access the care they need from the comfort and familiarity of home. The technology itself requires innovation, but so does its adoption, including training and practice for clinicians.

TTRN Overview

TTRN connects U.S. and Danish researchers from multiple disciplines—medicine, engineering, nursing, organizational behavior, economics and political science—to exchange ideas and knowledge. An early joint research program on telehealth and cardiology focused on preventive care, treatment and rehabilitation of cardiac patients.

Current Activities

During the COVID-19 pandemic, TTRN members launched a webinar series to explore the rapid adoption of telehealth around the world and share best practices. A Ph.D. “summer school” in 2021 introduced research methods used in digital technologies to help spark interest in more research projects around the world.

What’s Next?

In August 2023, TTRN, CITRIS, and the International Society of Telemedicine & eHealth will convene an international conference at UC Berkeley to share digital health lessons learned and explore implications for the future. Click here for the conference link!

Project Partners

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Aalborg University (Denmark)

Aalborg University (AAU) is a dynamic and innovative research and educational institution that combines a strong involvement in local, regional and national issues with an active commitment to international cooperation. The University provides high-quality education and research within natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and engineering and health sciences, and focuses on strong national and international world class research groups representing the academic areas of the University.

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UC Davis Health (U.S.)

UC Davis Health is improving lives and transforming health care by providing excellent patient care, conducting groundbreaking research, fostering innovative, interprofessional education, and creating dynamic, productive partnerships with the community.

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CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society and the Banatao Institute (CITRIS) create information technology solutions for society’s most pressing challenges.

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Cleveland Clinic (U.S.)

Cleveland Clinic was at the forefront of modern medicine when it was first organized as a multi-specialty group practice in 1921. In its first century, Cleveland Clinic has introduced many medical firsts, opened facilities around the world and is proud to be ranked among the top hospitals in the country. Now, 100 years later, the vision of the founders remains Cleveland Clinic’s mission: caring for life, researching for health, and educating those who serve. From a small outpatient clinic, it has grown to become the world’s first integrated international health system.

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Odense University Hospital (Denmark)

OUH is one of the largest education and training centres in the South Denmark Region, and has a close collaboration with the University of Southern Denmark – Campus Odense. Research, development and education are inseparable aspects of OUH’s function as a university hospital. OUH makes its mark on the future, in terms of the healthcare offered regionally, nationally and internationally, by educating new highly skilled employees and by creating research results that both streamline and improve the care pathways of the future.

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Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University (Denmark)

The Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences is part of Aarhus BSS, one of the five faculties at Aarhus University. The department carries out research and teaching within all of the important fields of psychology and contributes with research and knowledge exchange for society at large. Researchers from the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences are part of close national and international collaborations and have a strong tradition for collaborating with researchers from many different academic areas.