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Setting the Record Straight on Telemedicine

August 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Setting the Record Straight on Telemedicine

No matter what you may read, Direct to Consumer telehealth is not telemedicine. To be clear, Direct to Consumer (D2C) telehealth generally involves a company that charges consumers a fee to speak to physicians on the phone. The physician questions the consumer about symptoms and comes to a diagnosis.  It’s naïve to think that people […]

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Telemedicine in Kenya

August 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
Telemedicine in Kenya

Manoel Coelho, GlobalMed’s Chief Commercial Officer, went to Kenya earlier this month, and these are his impressions of the country. Kenya surprises you.  Having spent several days in the East African nation, I can tell you that it is a beautiful and economically vibrant country.  Roughly 80% the size of Texas – it is home […]

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Research Points to Reasons for High Readmissions

August 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Research Points to Reasons for High Readmissions

Patients are more at risk of an unplanned readmission to the hospital if they are discharged on Friday. That was probably the one surprise in what researchers concluded were five factors explaining why patients are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge.  News of the study is published in FierceHealthCare.  The rate of […]

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Another Small Community Hospital Closes

August 14, 2015 | By | Reply More
Another Small Community Hospital Closes

Cochise Regional Hospital in the border city of Douglas, Arizona, was the 55th rural hospital in the U.S. to close since 2010, and its closure may cost Cochise County a third of its physicians. This is another example of a small rural hospital that depended on federal money unable to stay open. On July 30th, […]

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Maine Settles on Telemedicine Guidelines

August 12, 2015 | By | Reply More
Maine Settles on Telemedicine Guidelines

The Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine’s guidelines for physicians to follow in the Pine Tree State when seeing patients via telemedicine have some obvious weaknesses. A National Law Review article has stirred interest in how the medical board in Maine views telemedicine.  If I were to characterize the guidelines in one word, it would have […]

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Another Rosy Forecast for Telemedicine

August 11, 2015 | By | Reply More
Another Rosy Forecast for Telemedicine

By 2020, Tractica believes that the number of Telehealth (or telemedicine) Video Consultations for both clinical and non-clinical services will total 158 million annually. The Boulder, Colorado, research firm says it “examines technologies, business models, and industry dynamics surrounding the burgeoning market for connected healthcare.”  Again, we have a tussle with terminology.  Normally, when referring to connected […]

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Cell Phones and the OR

July 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
Cell Phones and the OR

A recent article sparks debate about whether operating room staff should be allowed to use their cell phones while with a patient under general anesthesia. Before I delve into the Kaiser Health News article, I had a recent experience with hospitals and the OR due to a stubborn kidney stone.  I’ve given the hospital positive […]

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Telemedicine Data and Image Security

July 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
Telemedicine Data and Image Security

“Once it’s on the Internet, it’s there forever.” While nothing is foolproof, the right kind of telemedicine system can help protect personal health information from prying eyes. Sadly, healthcare institutions are learning the hard way that data they collect on patients is at risk, especially when they fail to take adequate precautions.  Just last week, […]

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