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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Jul 30, 2014
The early-bird deadline to register for the ATA Fall Forum (Sept. 6-9, Palm Desert, California) is next Friday, Aug. 8! We invite you to join your colleagues for two full days of program related to telehealth in chronic care, a half-day forum focused on telemedicine opportunities in China, and golf and tennis outings at the magnificent JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa.
Jul 30, 2014
A large segment of the industry is offering, or plans to offer online patient consultations in the very near future. 47 percent of providers recently polled by ATA indicated they are currently providing online services directly to patients. Of those that indicated they do not currently deliver virtual services, 72 percent noted they are considering implementing them in the near future. The top three delivery methods included: video (77 percent), audio (57 percent), and peripheral devices (28 percent).
Jul 30, 2014
The American Telemedicine Association announced its appreciation to U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., for their efforts to push for improvements in telemedicine coverage under Medicare, Medicaid and Federal Communications Commission programs.
Jul 30, 2014
The ATA 2015 Call for Presentations launched last week and will remain open through Sept. 17. Whether you are a seasoned expert or new to the field of telemedicine, if you have an important message we want to hear from you!
Jul 30, 2014
As the use of telehealth services with on-call physicians mushrooms, organized medicine is trying to come to grips with the fact that these remote consultations take place outside of an established relationship between a local physician and a patient. While such consultations have long been part of rural telemedicine, the rapid spread of telehealth across the nation is placing pressure on the traditional physician-patient relationship, which still focuses mostly on face-to-face encounters.
Jul 30, 2014
Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and Glenn Thompson, R-Penn., are set to announce a new telehealth bill soon. Like some of Mike Thompson's previous telehealth efforts, the bill seeks to amend the Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, the law that has long limited government-reimbursed telemedicine to rural areas and specific use cases. As Jonathan Linkous, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association, has told MobiHealthNews in the past, when the Social Security Act was passed telehealth was in its infancy and legislators, worried about abuse or that telemedicine wouldn't be cost-effective, limited Medicare and Medicaid coverage to very particular cases.
Jul 30, 2014
The majority of physicians participating in an international pediatric telehealth program were satisfied with the service and believed it improved patient outcomes, according to a study published in the journal Telemedicine and e-Health, Healthcare IT News reports.
Jul 30, 2014
In an effort to enhance the overall content of the ATA Telemedicine News Brief, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of ATA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
Jul 30, 2014
Doctors in Fort Worth will now have a bigger opportunity to see their Midland patients through telemedicine, a video conference used to evaluate patients. The increase is thanks to an move and expansion at the Cook Children's Clinic in Midland, which just added two more video cameras to their telemedicine operations.
Jul 30, 2014
In theory, telemedicine can allow Idaho-licensed physicians, who may live in other states, to provide services to patients in Idaho. Advocates for telemedicine point to the fact that telemedicine services can be provided at a much lower cost than traditional medical services. Those advocates also note the increased employee productivity based on time not lost while employees wait in a physician's waiting room. On the other hand, critics of telemedicine point to the fact that an in-person examination is an important component to understanding the patient's problems and diagnosing the patient's condition.