Webinar: Telemedicine and Parkinson’s

With Ray Dorsey, MD, and Roseanne Dobkin, PhD

Telemedicine and Parkinson's
This webinar was recorded live on FEBRUARY 16, 2021.

Imagine if access to your doctor or movement disorder specialist via a computer was just a few clicks away. Or you could have an appointment via the phone in the comfort of your own living room.

Telemedicine makes that possible.

Telemedicine is the practice of healthcare in an online format. As video conferencing technology has developed and become more reliable and secure, and as COVID demanded that we stay safe at home, more physicians and specialists began offering their services through video calls in addition to or instead of in-person appointments.

During this session, we talked about the state of telemedicine in the US, the laws that impact its use, and the efforts being made by advocates and policy makers to ensure that it’s legal, safe, and sustainable for the largest number of people. We also talked about the logistics of a telemedicine call, how to find out if you can schedule a telemedicine appointment, and what to do to make sure you get the most out of your medical team during these virtual sessions.

Your Instructors for the Webinar

Roseanne Dobkin

Dr. Roseanne Dobkin a licensed psychologist with a well-established clinical research program in Parkinson’s mental health. The principal goal of her research program is to help people with Parkinson’s and their family members cope as effectively as possible with various challenges to enhance overall physical and emotional health and quality of life. Dr. Dobkin explores the interactions between physical and mental health in Parkinson’s, and the impact of their intricate associations on quality of life and functional disability. She’s also very interested in examining barriers to mental health care use in Parkinson’s, the use of telemedicine to leverage access to specialized mental health care in Parkinson’s, and the impact of successful depression treatment on key outcomes such as cognition, physical disability, quality of life, and caregiver health.


Dr. Ray Dorsey is a Professor of Neurology and Director of the Center for Health + Technology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Dorsey is helping investigate new treatments for movement disorders and improve the way care is delivered for individuals with Parkinson’s and other neurological disorders. Using web-based video conferencing, he and his colleagues look to provide care to individuals with Parkinson’s and neurological diseases anywhere they live.


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