Recent Articles

Sharp Words in Support of Telemedicine

May 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
Sharp Words in Support of Telemedicine

A Scottish professor criticizes the accustomed methods of delivering healthcare and says the enemy is the failure to adopt telemedicine technology to benefit patients. National radio talkshow host Dennis Praeger likes to say he prefers clarity over agreement.  It may be somewhat alarming when a healthcare expert takes this position to heart in medicine, especially […]

Read More

Interstate Licensure Compact Is a “Go”

May 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
Interstate Licensure Compact Is a “Go”

The Federation of State Medical Board’s compact needed less than six months to collect the necessary seven states. When Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed a bill on Tuesday, he opened the door to an expedited path for physicians to apply for licenses in other states.  The Interstate Physician Licensure Compact isn’t in place yet because […]

Read More

The Doctor-Patient Relationship and Telemedicine

May 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Doctor-Patient Relationship and Telemedicine

One healthcare provider believes that online advice for his patients is protected by the First Amendment and plans to take his case for telemedicine to the U.S. Supreme Court. Dr. Ronald Hines is upset with the State of Texas and wants the high court to overturn a recent appellate court ruling that mandates that he […]

Read More

Nurses: Best-Informed, Hardest-Working in Healthcare

May 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
Nurses: Best-Informed, Hardest-Working in Healthcare

According to the author of a new book, if you want to know what’s really happening in a medical building, don’t ask a doctor – ask a nurse. Pretty much everyone has a relative or knows someone who is a nurse.  The ones I know are dedicated to serving their patients, work long hours, and […]

Read More

21st Century Cures Only Touches on Telehealth

May 14, 2015 | By | Reply More
21st Century Cures Only Touches on Telehealth

Telemedicine industry advocates who had lobbied for Medicare reimbursement changes for telehealth are feeling shortchanged with the final draft of the measure that the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health approved today. After years of struggle to get recognition from lawmakers, the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), the Alliance for Connected Care and others were […]

Read More

Telemedicine Is a Return to the ‘Middle Ages’ – Really?

May 14, 2015 | By | Reply More
Telemedicine Is a Return to the ‘Middle Ages’ – Really?

A primary care physician who blogs for the British Medical Journal disputes claims that telemedicine saves on time and office space in his review of an article in The New England Journal of Medicine. Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion.  That’s why there are millions of blogs.  Dr. Richard Lehman writes one […]

Read More

Recommendations for Telehealth (and Telemedicine) Bill

May 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
Recommendations for Telehealth (and Telemedicine) Bill

The recommendations for the “HR691 – Telehealth Modernization Act of 2015” come from the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT), a bi-partisan forum of experts focused on solution-based strategies. You’ve never heard of the organization?  Neither had I.  The Web site says the ICIT is a “non-profit (status pending), non-partisan group of the world’s most […]

Read More

Debate Rages on About Standards and Telehealth

May 12, 2015 | By | Reply More
Debate Rages on About Standards and Telehealth

The question is: Will the Texas Medical Board prevail in the courts in its attempt to preserve the doctor-patient relationship with telehealth companies in that state? As mentioned in a prior post, “When Regulation Collides with Telemedicine Technology,” Teladoc has filed suit to block the Texas Medical Board’s new rule that requires establishment of the […]

Read More