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Zika Virus Spreads, Threatening Pregnant Women

Zika Virus Spreads, Threatening Pregnant Women

First identified in Uganda 68 years ago, the Zika virus is making its way around the world on the wings of mosquitos. For the last week, I’ve been trying to get my arms around the Zika virus and what it means to the health of the general population.  Because it has become part of the […]

February 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Your Privacy Is Everyone’s Business – Today

Your Privacy Is Everyone’s Business – Today

January 28th is Data Privacy Day. I remember the day when a TV news reporter did a story showing hundreds of mammogram films in a large waste container at a monthly storage facility.  They came from a physician practice that had filed for bankruptcy protection.  Unbeknownst to the doctors involved, the bankruptcy judge handling the […]

January 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Importance of DICOM in Telemedicine

The Importance of DICOM in Telemedicine

When you snap photos with your smartphone or DSLR camera, the resolution may be fine, but they are not in the recognized format for medicine. The nice thing about digital cameras and smartphones is that you can shoot as many photos as you want until you get one that you like.  But, if you’re like […]

January 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
USDA Grant Money for Telemedicine

USDA Grant Money for Telemedicine

Once again, the Department of Agriculture is making a pot of money available to fund telemedicine start-ups with grants, ranging from $50,000 to $500,000. In 2015, the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service approved 75 applications for grant money that will be used for telemedicine and distance learning in primarily rural areas. The program awards grants based on a […]

January 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Stethoscope’s Death Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Stethoscope’s Death Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

A recent Washington Post article quotes a cardiologist at the Icahn School of Medicine as saying the stethoscope is dead, meaning its usefulness in evaluating patients is over. I asked GlobalMed’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bill Lewis, to review the article.  He composed this response. It’s all about timing, availability, adoption and training.  The stethoscope won’t […]

January 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Telemedicine Company’s Demise Provokes Questions

Telemedicine Company’s Demise Provokes Questions

Until someone from HealthSpot explains what happened, we will all be doing a lot of second-guessing. Neil Versel at MedCity News checked with a number of telemedicine industry officials for his article, “Why Did HealthSpot Fail?”  Was it due to a lack of experience in telemedicine?  According to Versel, Bruce Roberts, the company’s Chief Operating […]

January 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Like Cowbell, We Need More Telemedicine

Like Cowbell, We Need More Telemedicine

What we want to see happen in the telemedicine arena, what may happen, and what may not, unfortunately. What we would like to see happen is for the chairman of a Congressional committee to ask the Congressional Budget Office to mark up one of the bills broadening reimbursement for telemedicine by eliminating the arbitrary geographic […]

December 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
Where Are We Headed with Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth?

Where Are We Headed with Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth?

Should we allow doctors to prescribe prescription medication to consumers they’ve never met on the phone merely because it’s convenient, and just forget about the potential for harm? My position on Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth (D2CT) has been factual and logical.  I can successfully argue that unlike classic telemedicine which is based on evidence produced by medical […]

December 15, 2015 | By | Reply More