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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Sep 25, 2014
If you've been following ATA's tweets and state policy tracker, then you know that several telehealth bills and regulations are moving. Join ATA's Senior Director of Public Policy, Gary Capistrant, and Director of State Policy, Latoya Thomas, today, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. EDT, to discuss these and other state policy developments. The team will also provide an overview of the recently released state gaps reports which have generated press coverage and significant responses from state authorities.
Sep 25, 2014
The HUB, open exclusively to ATA members, is an online platform for information sharing and professional networking. This resource provides all the necessary tools to find and communicate with telemedicine leaders from around the world. Misplaced your login information? Not a member? Contact Carmen Park at cpark@americantelemed.org.
Sep 25, 2014
This October, ATA members will be invited to pre-register for the new Accreditation Program for Online Healthcare Consultations. The program, slated for public launch in November, will recognize US and Canadian organizations that provide direct, online healthcare consultations that meet specific standards for online patient care. For more information, contact: Jordana Bernard, ATA Senior Director Program Services.
Sep 25, 2014
Physicians from UCLA Health System will be available through LiveHealth Online, a telehealth platform for those who need non-emergency medical attention when their own doctors are not available. The service, developed by Health Management Corporation, is available on the Internet or via iOS and Android mobile devices through a free app. It offers a secure means of reaching board-certified, primary care doctors from almost anywhere.
Sep 25, 2014
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to make it easier for rural patients to utilize telehealth technology. It was one of several health-related bills the governor signed into law recently. AB 809 by Assembly member Dan Logue, R-Marysville, changes the consent rules around use of telehealth, a technology that allows patients in rural areas to get medical advice and treatment plans from physicians in urban settings.
Sep 25, 2014
Patients who subscribed to a telemedicine call center after their release from the hospital had fewer readmissions than those who didn’t, according to a study in Telemedicine and e-Health. According to a recent study, acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients who used a telemedicine call center after their release from the hospital were less likely to be readmitted than patients who did not.
Sep 25, 2014
More than two-thirds of patients would be willing to give a telehealth conference a try, according to a new study in Telemedicine and E-Health, although a number of patients who tried conducting a physician visit through videoconferencing were not satisfied enough with the experience to continue online consults. While most patients had access to broadband internet and a home computer or smartphone device, just 14 percent of patients believe that a telehealth consults brings them more value than meeting face-to-face with their provider.
Sep 25, 2014
Remote medical monitoring is what most frequently think of in regard to telemedicine. If fact, the use of remote monitoring has been in place for more than 40 years, and has be highly effective in rural areas. But the overall concept of telemedicine is to bring a specialist's expertise to a facility "virtually," saving the patient being transported unnecessarily. So much has changed in the healthcare world with the advent of technology and the evolution of telemedicine. And telemedicine continues to evolve as technology becomes more advanced. So where do nurses fit into this changing landscape?
Sep 25, 2014
Five Howard County, Maryland schools will use telemedicine technology to boost health and student performance, officials announced recently. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and Howard County Schools superintendent Dr. Renee Foose announced the ground-breaking initiative.
Sep 25, 2014
Telemedicine can be as simple as using a device to collect vital signs from a rural patient, or as complex as the U.S. military's telehealth system used with soldiers deployed internationally. The practice has become more respected in recent years, in fact, as made evident by the successful use-cases demonstrated by the work of the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA).