Virtual Care Pioneer, Expert Joins Seton

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Kristi_Henderson_UMMCDr. Kristi Henderson, a nationally recognized leader in virtual care, joins Ascension Seton as the vice president of Virtual Care and Innovation.

Henderson will develop ways to use technology to improve the health of Central Texans and increase access to high-quality, affordable medical care.

“I’m excited to join Ascension Seton and work with the entire healthcare team to make sure clinical integration is happening at the same time as innovation,” she said.

“Our goal with virtual care will be to provide new tools and modalities to reach the patients we serve in a more efficient way. ‘Virtual care’ can also help address gaps in reaching and treating vulnerable populations in the community,” Henderson said.

Henderson has 20 years of experience as an innovator, educator, researcher and clinician. She comes to Ascension Seton from The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), where she was Chief Telehealth & Innovation Officer. In that role, she led the development of a statewide virtual medicine program recognized as a national model.

As a recognized leader in healthcare innovation, she has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation’s Subcommittee on “Advancing Telehealth through Connectivity,” as well as the Subcommittee on Rural Health and the White House Domestic Policy Council.

She has made numerous presentations across the country to advance virtual medicine policy and practice, including giving a TEDx talk in November 2014 and being selected to speak at the 2016 SXSW event in Austin next March.

Her other leadership roles include service as a board member of the American Telemedicine Association; executive director of the Mississippi Telehealth Association; and board member of the Mississippi Health Information Network. She is also a Fellow with the Emergency Nurses Association.

Henderson received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham; her master’s degree in nursing from the Mississippi University for Women; and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi College. She maintains national certification as a family and acute care nurse practitioner.