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More Problems for Skype

May 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
More Problems for Skype

The free videoconferencing service that many physicians in this country use for telemedicine is running into legal problems in Europe, and it may only be a matter of time before the same questions pop up here. What is Skype?  Well, it’s a way to use a computer, tablet or smartphone to make a video call.  And […]

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Study Shows Telemedicine Saves $$$ Per Case

May 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Study Shows Telemedicine Saves $$$ Per Case

One of the first studies detailing the cost of telemedicine visits and the amount saved over telephone consultations comes from the University of California – Davis Health System. The questions the researchers asked in this study published in the journal Medical Decision Making were: Are telemedicine consultations cost-effective, and, if so, were they less costly than telephone […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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