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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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Secure Patient Health Information with Telemedicine

July 14, 2015 | By | Reply More
Secure Patient Health Information with Telemedicine

A hospital in Brighton, Massachusetts has settled alleged HIPAA violations in the transfer of protected health information, and there’s an (telemedicine) app for that. In the past, security breaches – especially those involving healthcare entities – have occurred when someone has stolen a laptop or when hackers have gotten unauthorized access to a hospital’s database.  […]

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Telemedicine and the Two-Midnight Rule

July 8, 2015 | By | Reply More
Telemedicine and the Two-Midnight Rule

Emergency room physicians frequently make decisions on patient status that affect Medicare reimbursement, and telemedicine can be a good fit in the decision-making process. Wilson Pickett’s hit song in 1966 was “In the Midnight Hour,” which begins with “I’m gonna wait ’til the midnight hour.”  It could be the mantra of emergency room physicians who must […]

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Telemedicine Clinician’s Impression of TotalExam Cameras

July 1, 2015 | By | Reply More
Telemedicine Clinician’s Impression of TotalExam Cameras

While some suggest that smartphones may be “good enough” for telemedicine, a dermatologist praises the TotalExam cameras for their clarity in his Scottsdale, Arizona, practice. Perhaps you’ve seen the recent article in FierceHealthIT, written by Susan Hall, regarding a sort of focus group test for smartphone image quality.  The title is “Smartphone photo quality good enough […]

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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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