Is Pediatric Telemedicine a Cost Savings Necessity

Is Pediatric Telemedicine a Cost Savings NecessityCan pediatric telemedicine prove to be a cost-saving necessity and a boon to the expansion of children’s healthcare throughout the U.S. and across the globe?

The answer appears to point to the affirmative according to freshly published research.

Researchers at UC Davis recently spearheaded a study to determine whether “pediatric telemedicine consultations with rural emergency departments save money compared to telephone consults.”
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USDA Backs Distance Learning, Telemedicine Projects

USDA Backs Distance Learning, Telemedicine ProjectsOn Friday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications for its “Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program.”

If you’re not familiar, the program provides increased access to education, training and health care resources in rural areas.

“This program provides people who live and work in rural areas with better access to a variety of educational and health care services,” Vilsack said in a USDA announcement. “For example, because of the DLT program, students in rural areas can take advanced placement classes, residents can have access to specialized medical services not typically available, and many other benefits for rural communities.”
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mHealth News: Here’s What Happened This Week

mHealth News Here’s What Happened This WeekHere are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

SMS Technology Helping to Improve Patient Care and Retention
Currently, no-shows for scheduled medical care cost the healthcare industry over $150 billion each year. On top of that, there are always areas of opportunity when it comes to ongoing patient and physician communication. That’s where the latest offering in the healthcare space comes into play.

2015 mHealth Summit Theme Will Be ‘Anytime, Anywhere: Engaging Providers and Patients’
This year’s mHealth Summit theme has been announced as “Anytime, Anywhere: Engaging Providers and Patients.”
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2015 mHealth Summit Theme Will Be ‘Anytime, Anywhere: Engaging Providers and Patients’

2015 mHealth Summit Theme Will Be 'Anytime, Anywhere Engaging Providers and Patients'This year’s mHealth Summit theme has been announced as “Anytime, Anywhere: Engaging Providers and Patients.”

The goal of the 2015 summit will be to develop more dynamic, interactive, and patient-driven mobile health experience—particularly in rural and low income areas.

Once again, organizers of the mHealth Summit will be partnering with Global mHealth Forum and work to facilitate discussion on the roles that telemedicine can play in the global healthcare arena.

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The Need For Well-Designed And Tested Insulin Apps Is Still Alive And Well

The Need For Well-Designed And Tested Insulin Apps Is Still Alive And WellWhile you can head online and find close to 50 paid apps designed to determine proper dosing for insulin, a recent study by Global eHealth Unit at the Imperial College London has found that the vast majority of these apps fall short. In fact, many of these apps were developed during the app boom, and have not been updated in years.

While an app that can accurately calculate mealtime dosing for short-acting insulin after entering in carbohydrates, pre-meal blood sugar, physical activity, and other pertinent information seems as though it would be both easy and convenient, most apps struggle with even these basics. The study, highlighted by MedPage Today, found that:

  • 30% of the apps would not share their formula
  • 91% had incorrect techniques for numeric inputs
  • 67% showed risk factors for inappropriate dose recommendations because their actual calculation did not match their formula
  • 24% did not operate consistently

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American Telemedicine Association Announces New Board Members—Including A New President

PrintThe American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has been working diligently in the telemedicine industry since it was founded in 1993. Through it all, the organization’s goal has remained to improve quality, access, and affordability of healthcare around the globe.

To that end, the ATA recently appointed several new board members, including their new President of the Board of Directors—Dr. Reed V. Tuckson, M.D. Dr. Tuckson’s accomplishments included being named one of the most 50 most influential physician executives in the nation, as well as one of the top 25 minority executives in healthcare. Dr. Tuckson is coming directly from his position as a Managing Director of Tuckson Health Connections.

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Getting Under Your Skin: One Medical Group’s Health App Now Includes Digital Dermatology

Getting Under Your Skin One Medical Group’s Health App Now Includes Digital DermatologyOne Medical Group, a leader in technology-enabled primary care, has announced a new release to its digital health app that aims to further extend the company’s primary care service beyond its office walls.

Members can now use One Medical’s mobile app to obtain expert evaluation and treatment for common dermatological issues without an appointment.

What’s more, we’re told that members can use the app to receive treatment for ailments such as seasonal allergies and UTIs, schedule same-day appointments, and request speedy prescription renewals.
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