Telemedicine News Brief

ATA Telemedicine News Brief
The following news items come from the most recent edition of the ATA Telemedicine News Brief, a weekly email digest of the most important news in telemedicine, telehealth, mHealth and remote medical technology. Gathered from leading press sources and industry journals, the News Brief is your one sources for all the top news of the week.

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Oct 29, 2014
ATA kicked off the Opening Ceremonies of the First China International Telemedicine Technology Meeting on Tuesday in Tianjin. Dozens of distinguished Chinese government and industry officials joined ATA leadership to launch the meeting and extend their support for the partnership. The meeting is being covered by major media in China and is being followed closely by health professionals and the medical technology industry at large.
Oct 29, 2014
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Oct 29, 2014
Your medical board wants to hear from you! Licensing boards throughout the country are discussing the role of telemedicine in medical practice standards and state licensure. In fact, the Texas Medical Board is convening a telemedicine stakeholder group on Friday, Oct. 31,at 10 a.m. to discuss its medical practice rules. Participating in discussions and educating your boards is an important step in preventing the creation of laws that limit access to care via telemedicine. Last week during a monthly state policy webinar, ATA staff covered a number of states with quickly approaching deadlines for public comment to their proposed rules. Three states have issued telemedicine policy changes for Medicaid, while five states have proposals out that will affect physicians. Not sure if your state is on the list? Head over to the ATA Learning Center to listen to policy updates from ATA staff and members (available to ATA members only).
Oct 29, 2014
Several factors are coming together that will enable the broader telemedicine market - and mobile telehealth tools in particular - to expand quickly as the business case becomes increasingly apparent. The roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, escalating demand for care, as well as a lack of easy access to health professionals will push the market for telehealth services, according to Frost & Sullivan.
Oct 29, 2014
When you are talking about one of the largest organizations in the country, it might sound incongruous to talk about a personalized approach. But Dr. Neil Evans, co-director of Connected Health at the department of Veterans Affairs, stressed that for payers and providers interested in telecare adoption, the best route is through their nurses and physicians as opposed to, say, a payer. It was part of a conversation sharing insights on telehealth adoption at the Connected Health Symposium.
Oct 29, 2014
One of the takeaways of a recent survey conducted by Software Advice indicates that mHealth users are better at using electronic health records – and getting more out of them – than doctors who use PCs. It may say as much about the type of person who uses mobile devices as it does about the state of EHR adoption in the U.S.
Oct 29, 2014
When Ebola patient Dr. Richard Sacra was sent to the Biocontainment Patient Care Unit at the Nebraska Medical Center – one of only a few in the U.S. – the whole point was to physically distance him from as many people as possible. But for family members who flew to be near him in Nebraska, not to mention his caregivers who needed to check in on him regularly, quarantines are taxing both emotionally and in terms of the type of care able to be provided.
Oct 29, 2014
Recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs demonstrated its new Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT) scheduling software, designed to improve how VA employees schedule their telehealth appointments. In development since 2011, the national CVT scheduling application ensures health care providers and their systems at both ends of a telehealth session are coordinated across different Veterans Information Systems Technology Architecture (VistA) scheduling systems.
Oct 29, 2014
Mainstream healthcare is seeing returns on virtual care investments. Banner Health, which identifies itself as "one of the top three performers for tele-ICU systems in the country," is just one provider that has reported major gains in quality and lower costs since adopting telemedicine. If you need any further evidence that the world has gone online, consider this: According to a story in the Aug. 22 issue of the Wall Street Journal, the Home Depot is now selling actual bricks and mortar over the Internet.
Oct 29, 2014
Dignity Health, formerly Catholic Healthcare West, has been using robots in emergency departments and intensive care units in about 20 California hospitals for more than five years. Now, the hospital chain is hoping to broaden its telehealth capabilities through a new collaboration with a Texas company specializing in mobile health technology.