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The Society for Education and the Advancement of Research in Connected Health (SEARCH) started in 2016 as a small team of academics, researchers, and clinical professionals who met to discuss the need for:

  1. A society of connected health researchers—free from commercial bias—to prove (or disprove) the benefits of telemedicine
  2. An annual meeting of open discussion revolving around telemedicine research, findings, and national priorities with the goal to share the findings and foster research collaborations among researchers and organizations who wish to define and develop the field of connected health research.
    • SEARCH2016 – Nashville, Tennessee
    • SEARCH2017 Spring – Leesburg, Virginia
    • SEARCH2017 Fall – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • SEARCH2018 – San Diego, California
    • National Telehealth Research Symposium 2019 – Chicago, Illinois
    • SEARCH 2020 The National Telehealth Research Symposium – Virtual
    • SEARCH 2021 The National Telehealth Research Symposium – Virtual
    • SEARCH 2022 The National Telehealth Research Symposium – Virtual
    • SEARCH 2023 | The National Telehealth Research Symposium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

SEARCH has developed into a society with a goal to promote connected health programs through the use of evidenced-based research.

Elizabeth A. Krupinski, PhD


Professor & Vice Chair for Research
Emory University

David Fletcher, MBA

Vice President/Secretary

Associate Vice President of Telehealth
Geisinger Health

Mari Robinson, JD


Director of Telehealth, University of Texas Medical Branch
Director, Medical Technology Resource & Education Center

Advisory Committee

  • Saurabh Chandra MD, PhD
    Chief Telehealth Officer, Center for Telehealth
    Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
    University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Hari Eswaran, PhD
    Professor and Vice Chair for Research | OB/GYN
    Director of Research and Evaluation | Institute of Digital Health & Innovation
    Program Director | South Central Telehealth Resource Center, Rural Telehealth Evaluation Center
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • David McSwain, MD, MPH
    Chief Medical Informatics Officer
    Information Services Division
    UNC Health Care
  • Katie Reget, MPH
    Senior Program Specialist – Clinical Innovations
    Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
  • Kathy Hsu Wibberly, PhD
    Director, Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center
    Karen S. Rheuban Center for Telehealth
    University of Virginia


  • Claudia Der-Martirosian, PhD
    Health Research Scientist
    VA Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation & Policy (CSHIIP)
  • James Marcin, MD, MPH
    Professor, Pediatric Critical Care
    Director, Center for Health and Technology
    UC Davis Health
  • Curtis L. Lowery, MD
    Past SEARCH President, Co-Founder
    Veterans Affairs

Our Mission

Mission Statement:  SEARCH’s mission is to promote academic research and best practices in education of connected health care programs.

Our Vision

Vision Statement:  SEARCH’s vision is to advance connected health care programs through evidence-based research and education.

Our Purpose

  • Establishment of educational programs in connected health
  • Establishment of forums for the presentation of research and the dissemination of knowledge
  • Collaboration of its membership in connected health research and education projects
  • Encouragement of the development of careers in connected health
  • Dissemination and communication of members’ research findings
  • Participation in forums for the purpose of promoting research and research funding for connected health research at the national level
  • Cooperation with other organizations whose purposes and goals include connected health research and related sciences