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Pediatricians Now Comfortable with Telemedicine

June 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
Pediatricians Now Comfortable with Telemedicine

Support for broad use of telemedicine from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) comes with caution about continuity of care. A couple of years ago, GlobalMed participated in the AAP’s National Conference and Exposition, as part of the pediatric office of the future.  We were the first telemedicine company to exhibit in the Pediatric Office […]

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Medicare Mindset Is Blocking Telemedicine

June 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
Medicare Mindset Is Blocking Telemedicine

The Congressional Budget Office greatly overestimated the cost of Medicare reimbursement for telemedicine in 2001, and 14 years later it still can’t shake the fear that telemedicine might – MIGHT – increase Medicare spending. Instead of embracing the opportunity to use telemedicine to help control healthcare costs, the Congressional Budget Office continues to worry that providing seniors […]

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Once Again, Telemedicine Shown to Save Money

June 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
Once Again, Telemedicine Shown to Save Money

A study by the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) shows that telemedicine can save money by eliminating unnecessary emergency transport and visits to emergency rooms. In trying to absorb as much information about the health care and telemedicine, I’ve sat through countless online webinars and trade show presentations.  So, pardon me if my memory […]

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Add 2 More Telemedicine Bills to the Stack

June 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
Add 2 More Telemedicine Bills to the Stack

One bill in the U.S. Senate and one in the House add to the growing stack of legislation that would use telemedicine to improve access to healthcare. First, a look at the Senate bill (S. 1549) introduced by Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) on June 10th, called the Care Planning Act of 2015.  The measure focuses on […]

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Telemedicine Guidelines Tabled by AMA

June 10, 2015 | By | Reply More
Telemedicine Guidelines Tabled by AMA

The American Medical Association House of Delegates had shown support for the proposed ethical guidelines for telemedicine services, but postponed action until more work was done in committee. The proposed guidelines for telemedicine were tabled after an alternate delegate from Texas, Dr. Arlo Weltge, argued against them.  The Houston emergency room physician said they would […]

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Outcome of Veterinarian’s Lawsuit May Impact Human Telemedicine

June 8, 2015 | By | Reply More
Outcome of Veterinarian’s Lawsuit May Impact Human Telemedicine

The doctor-patient relationship – typically established by a patient exam – may not withstand a legal challenge involving a Texas veterinarian and a Nigerian cat that could affect telemedicine and telehealth in the U.S. Veterinarian Ron Hines ran afoul of the Texas Veterinary Board of Medical Examiners more than two years ago after he responded to a query […]

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Telehealth, Data Security and a National Patient ID

June 3, 2015 | By | Reply More
Telehealth, Data Security and a National Patient ID

The increased interest in telehealth and other technology in healthcare has one organization petitioning Congress for a National Patient ID to improve the security of patient health data. The Internet is abuzz about last week’s District Court ruling that enjoins the Texas Medical Board from implementing a new rule, requiring a face-to-face (videoconference) or in-person […]

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Competition May Be the Key in Telehealth Ruling

June 1, 2015 | By | Reply More
Competition May Be the Key in Telehealth Ruling

A federal judge has blocked the Texas Medical Board from enforcing a rule against telehealth provider Teladoc. Competition takes a variety of forms in medicine.  Med school graduates compete for favored residency slots.  Large hospitals compete for well-regarded specialists.  There may be competing treatments for a health condition.  Pharmaceutical manufacturers compete for market share (Viagra® […]

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