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The Future of Healthcare Points to Telemedicine


The Future of Healthcare Points to Telemedicine   telemedicine healthcare The future of healthcare, experts say, lies in telemedicine. And with the advances of telemedicine, telehealth, and mHealth options, more and more patients are meeting with their doctors vie video consultations.

Telemedicine brings an unprecedented degree of ease, accessibility, and convenience to healthcare. It offers care without the hassle of going to the office or be available for immediate, but not emergency, care. 

Daniel Gilbert is the president and CEO of CloudVisit, which offers a simple process for getting started using telemedicine. Gilbert, understandably, is a big believer in telemedicine. His company provides options for those looking to get their feet wet in telemedicine or those who want to jump right in.

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Welch Allyn Enters the Telemedicine Fray


Welch Allyn Enters the Telemedicine Fray   Welch Allyn telemedicine HealthInterlink Welch Allyn has just announced that the company has acquired HealthInterlink, a health IT firm that has an FDA-cleared remote monitoring solution focused on vital signs monitoring.

According to MDDI Online, this is the company’s first venture into telemedicine and it shows that traditional medtech companies are realizing the opportunities in telemedicine as well.

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States Still Sluggish on Telemedicine Adoption


States Still Sluggish on Telemedicine Adoption   telemedicine American Telemedicine Association Within rural states hospitals today, there are closures and there are doctor shortages, but videoconferencing — or telemedicine — could solve that problem. However, according to USA Today, states are moving too slowly in allowing it.

A total of 43 rural hospitals have closed since 2010 and Texas, one of the most restrictive states on telemedicine, has had six closings. Many states worry that doctors who treat patients on video remotely may not do appropriate follow-up and are reluctant to allow physicians to prescribe drugs or treatments.

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Telemedicine Care Model May Improve PTSD Treatment


Telemedicine Care Model May Improve PTSD Treatment    telemedicine PTSD posttraumatic stress disorder mHealth news According to JAMA Network, a recent study found that military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who live in rural areas successfully engaged in evidence-based psychotherapy.

John C. Fortney, Ph.D., of the University of Washington, Seattle, and his colleagues tested a telemedicine based collaborative care model designed to improve engagement in evidence-based treatment of PTSD. They developed the Telemedicine Outreach for PTSD (TOP) intervention to improve PTSD outcomes for veterans treated at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) without on-site psychiatrists or psychologists.

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Telemedicine Can Effectively Screen for Diabetic Retinopathy


Telemedicine Can Effectively Screen for Diabetic Retinopathy   telemedicine retinopathy nonmydriatic cameras mobile JAMA eye health As confirmed recently in a published piece from JAMA Network, the Innovative Network for Sight study on the use of nonmydriatic cameras for retinal imaging telemedicine found that 1 in 5 people screened had diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of new-blindness in working-age adults.

The study was based on 1,894 people form urban clinics and pharmacies serving racial/ethnic minority and uninsured patients with diabetes.

This type of telemedicine screening meets the standard criterion of dilated photos though the screenings do not involve dilation. Preventing and treating DR includes blood sugar and blood pressure control as well as routine dilated comprehensive exams.

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Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Backed


Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Backed   telemedicine Interstate Medical Licensure Compact healthcare Recently at the 2014 AMA Interim Meeting, a special compact designed to “facilitate a speedier medical licensure process with fewer administrative burdens for physicians seeking licensure in multiple states” received the support of the nation’s physicians with the adoption of a new policy.

The model legislation was developed by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). Under the policy, AMA will work with interested medical associations, the FSMB, and stakeholders to ensure quick adoption of an Interstate Medical Licensure Commission.

Currently, at least 10 state medical boards have adopted the compact, notes AMA-Wire.

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Turning the Page on Telehealth for Beginners


Turning the Page on Telehealth for Beginners   telemedicine telehealth mobile health book Dr. Joan Emeli-Komolafe, a registered nurse and PhD holder, has written a new nonfiction book titled “Telehealth, Telemedicine or Electronic Health Simplified: A Quick Guide for the General Public and Professionals.

The book summarizes the process of modern electronic healthcare practices to make them more comprehensible for public education, access and awareness. It simplifies the terms “Telehealth” and “Telemedicine,” dissects the complexities of this new method of healthcare delivery to educate the public on the advantages of this new system, and serves as a reference for both the public and healthcare professionals, and all provided with specifics and explanations in layman’s terms.

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