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Colorado Proposes New Telehealth Rules


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Posted on: July 17th, 2015

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75% of Patients Wouldn’t Trust A Diagnosis Via Telemedicine??


by HIT Consultant Staff 07/15/2015

Approximately 75 percent of patients reported they either would not trust a diagnosis made via telemedicine, or would trust this method less than an in-doctor visit, according to a recent nationwide study conducted by TechnologyAdvice Research. The report reveals that although telemedicine initiatives may have a promising future to increase reliable access to basic and preventative care, patients remain dubious about this remote option and the quality of diagnosis made during virtual appointments. Nearly 65 percent of respondents said they would be somewhat or very unlikely to choose a virtual appointment known as a telehealth visit, while only 35.4 percent stated the opposite.

Trust Issues

Telemedicine is a newer technology in the medical industry, with greater lack of familiarity, but data from the study shows that younger patients may be less skeptical. Only about 17 percent of 18-24 year old respondents, and 24 percent of 25-44 year olds, said they wouldn’t trust a virtual diagnosis. Also, 65 percent of respondents said they would be somewhat or much more likely to use a virtual appointment system if they had first seen the doctor in-person.
“If patients don’t trust the diagnoses made during telemedicine calls, they may ignore the advice given, fail to take preventative steps, or seek additional in-person appointments, which defeats the point of telemedicine,” said Cameron Graham, Managing Editor at TechnologyAdvice and the study’s author.

Increasing Telehealth Adoption

To increase acceptance of telemedicine and use of such services, healthcare providers and vendors need to focus on effectively explaining the advantages of these platforms. A combined 70 percent of respondents reported at least one of the following factors would make them more likely to use a virtual appointment: more convenient scheduling options, lower cost, less time spent in the waiting room, and ability to conduct virtual appointments at home.

Survey Background

The original data contained in the report comes from a nationwide internet survey of 504 U.S. adults (age 18 and over). The survey participants were surveyed about their preferences and feelings regarding telemedicine services. It is important to note the small size of the survey participants when reviewing this report and others.

Comment: The key portion of this story is the last paragraph. That tells all as it is a very small sample size. This statistically shallow survey is making headlines and certainly for those who deal with hospital patients would never suspect this as an issue. 

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Posted on: July 16th, 2015

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Sympathies to the families in Charleston, South Carolina


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Posted on: June 20th, 2015

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Reflecting upon ATA 2015 Annual Meeting


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Drs. Sanjay Gupta and Herb Rogove

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Drs. Herb Rogove and Patrick Soon-Shiong

At ATA 2015 (American Telemedicine Association), held in Los Angeles,  a milestone was achieved as over 5,000 attendees from around the world stormed the LA Convention Center. The content of the symposium keeps getting better, ranging from lightening rounds to superb plenary sessions. What particularly struck me was that the keynote speakers, both physicians in different areas of medicine both understood and support telemedicine as an integral part of healthcare delivery. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, chief CNN medical correspondent, had previously done a story on telemedicine featuring Yulun Wang, CEO of InTouch Health. Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, an entrepreneur and brilliant visionary, has already embarked upon ways to treat cancer utilizing mobile health. The exhibit hall allowed one to roam a roomy exhibit hall to see new and established medical product and software companies display and explain their technology. Based upon the opinion of those in attendance, the ATA is striving toward increasing the content experience. Looking optimistically to another high level meeting in Minnesota for ATA 2016.

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Posted on: June 19th, 2015

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MLK Jr Community Hospital will use C3O Telemedicine


MobileSmith is the App Platform of Choice for MLK Community Hospital Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital has chosen C3O Telemedicine to provide acute teleneurology coverage. Dr. Herb Rogove, CEO of C3O, says “we are extremely delighted to have been chosen as MLK Jr. Community Hospitals telemedicine service provider”. MLK has built their hospital with the 21st century in mind as they are a true telemedicine facility according to Rogove.

The key strengths of C3O are:

  • Rapid response times
  • A virtual who’s who of teleneurologists from leading medical centers
  • Proven achievement of quality metrics and excellent outcomes
  • Affordability

Located in the Second District of the Los Angeles County, the brand new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH) is a priority project for local authorities. It is expected to serve 1.2 million residents from all over South Los Angeles and to create more than 900 jobs in the area.

MobileSmith is the provider for mobile apps.

“Our strategy is to get into mobile extremely quickly, without overly burdening our IT staff or infrastructure,” said Sajid Ahmed, Chief Information and Innovation Officer at MLKCH. “With its powerful capabilities and easy learning curve, the MobileSmith Platform is the ideal solution for us. We are looking forward to launching many great apps.”

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Posted on: June 17th, 2015

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ATA’s New Executive Board


IPRqUxyy_normal(PRWEB) May 14, 2015 — WASHINGTON- Thursday, May 14, 2015— The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) recently elected Reed V. Tuckson, MD, as President of the Association’s Board of Directors. Dr, Tuckson has been recognized among the 50 most influential physician executives and top 25 minority executives in healthcare. With a distinguished career that has spanned over 35 years, Tuckson has served in a variety of senior posts including the Senior Vice President for Professional Standards of the American Medical Association and the Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs for UnitedHealth Group. He is currently the Managing Director of Tuckson Health Connections.

Tuckson is joined by the following members of the Board’s executive committee: – President-Elect, LTG (Ret.) James Peake, MD, Senior Vice President, CGI Federal, former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Surgeon General of the United States Army – Vice President, Peter Yellowlees, MD, MBBS, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis Health System – Secretary and Treasurer, Herb Rogove, DO, FCCM, FACP, President & CEO, C3O Telemedicine – Immediate Past President, Yulun Wang, PhD, Chairman & CEO, InTouch Health In addition, two other individuals recently joined the Board of Directors: – Amnon Gavish, ScD, Senior Vice President of Vertical Solutions, Vidyo, Inc.; Chair of ATA’s Industry Council – Kristi Henderson, DNP, NP-BC, FAEN, Chief Telehealth and Innovation Officer, the University of Mississippi Medical Center; Past Chair of ATA’s Institutional Council “We are pleased to announce the addition of this group of prestigious individuals to the Board and officers of this Association,” said Jonathan Linkous, CEO of ATA. “This reflects ATA intention to work with a balance of leaders from both the ranks of healthcare providers and industry in order to fulfil our goal to improve healthcare delivery through the use of telecommunications technology.” Other current at-large Board members include Ellen R. Cohn, PhD; Naomi Fried, PhD; Alexis Gilroy, JD; John Glaser, PhD; Julia L. Johnson, JD; Roy Schoenberg, MD; and Andrew R. Watson, MD.

About the American Telemedicine Association The American Telemedicine Association is the leading international resource and advocate promoting the use of advanced remote medical technologies. ATA and its diverse membership work to fully integrate telemedicine into healthcare systems to improve quality, equity and affordability of healthcare throughout the world. Established in 1993, ATA is headquartered in Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.americantelemed.org

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Posted on: May 16th, 2015

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AHA Report on Telehealth


A NEW AHahaA REPORT: REALIZING THE PROMISE OF TELEHEALTH: UNDERSTANDING THE LEGAL AND REGULATORY CHALLENGES

As telehealth becomes an integral component of our health care delivery system and patients become mroe accustomed to its convenience, hospitals, health systems and other providers will seek new ways to use the rapidly evolving technology in diverse and innovative ways. This TrendWatch focuses on the legal and regulatory challenges that may arise when using telehealth technologies. Legal and regulatory challenges abound in the following areas:

  • Coverage and Payment;
  • Health Professional Licensure;
  • Credentialing and Privileging;
  • Online Prescribing;
  • Medical Malpractice and Professional Liability Insurance;
  • Privacy and Security; and
  • Fraud and Abuse.

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Posted on: May 14th, 2015

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mHealth and mental health


imgresAfter attending the ATA 2015 meeting in Los Angeles last week, one might be interested in the research  being done in mental health utilizing mobile devices for young patients. It appears that in the journal, Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netwjust published last fall, a review article appeared to address this issue. Only seventeen articles to date have been published and were discussed.

Four gaps in current knowledge were identified: the scarcity of studies conducted in low and middle income countries, the absence of information about the real-life feasibility of mobile tools, the need to address the issue of technical and health literacy of both young users and health professionals, and the need for critical discussion regarding diverse ethical issues associated with mobile phone use. The authors suggested that mHealth researchers and clinicians looking at mental health  carefully consider the ethical issues related to patient-practitioner relationship, best practices, and the logic of self-surveillance.

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Posted on: May 10th, 2015

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MACRA’s Advancement of Telehealth


From JDSurpra Business Advisor

imgresThe Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) among many areas looks at telehealth.

Section 106(c): Telehealth

Medicare currently reimburses physicians for certain services provided at certain sites through live video conferencing for eligible Medicare beneficiaries. 42 U.S.C. § 1395m(m). MACRA requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to draft two reports to be submitted to Congress within two years of MACRA’s enactment; the first report will pertain to the Medicare telehealth program, and the second will focus on remote patient monitoring technology and services.  The first report on the Medicare telehealth program will evaluate circumstances that help or inhibit the use of telehealth under Medicare and the possible effects of an expansion of telehealth on payment and delivery systems under Medicare and Medicaid.  The second report will examine incentives for adopting patient monitoring technology and services by private health insurance, as well as barriers for adopting this technology by Medicare. This report will also look at which patients and circumstances may receive the greatest benefit from this technology.   Many health care practitioners believe that the time for government studies of telehealth has long passed and legislative action is needed now to expand beneficiary access, particularly in rural areas.

 

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Posted on: April 29th, 2015

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The Senate and Telehealth


AftScreen Shot 2015-04-24 at 10.43.56 AM copyer watching the two-hour hearing on Advancing Telehealth through Connectivity convened by Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss), one has to be impressed by both the expert witnesses and the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet. The full hearing can be heard at http://1.usa.gov/1QpNu6Y.

Witnesses include:

  • Kristi Henderson, Chief Telehealth and Innovation Officer, University of Mississippi Medical Center
    – Mr. Jonathan D. Linkous, Chief Executive Officer, American Telemedicine Association
    – Dr. M. Chris Gibbons, Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force, Federal Communications Commission
    – Mr. Todd Rytting, Chief Technology Officer, Panasonic Corporation of North America

Key points:

  • Broadband is vital and is the major way to provide telemedicine and its dissemination has languished because of regulatory issues and funding.
  • The FCC needs to re-engage, streamline regulation and act by enhancing Broadband availability.
  • Even metropolitan areas such as in NYC have Wi-Fi issues in high-rise buildings with poor and elderly citizens.
  • CMS needs to remove the barrier of paying only for non-MSA populations. Reimbursement was raised several times and many agreed this was a major barrier to address.
  • Two Senators explored whether telemedicine could have an impact on mental health and drug abuse. The witnesses answered in the affirmative.
  • Some of the Senators were reassured by the witnesses that HIPAA and other patient privacy issues could be protected during telemedicine encounters.
  • The committee members very well understood quality and affordable healthcare delivery through telemedicine. Some of these Senators have very robust eHealth centers within their home states.
  • Mr. Linkous, ATA CEO, said states could help with medical licensure reciprocity as a way to solve the century old problem of interstate practice. He added the federal government could help by supporting these state initiatives.
  • The issue of the need to have another agency oversee all the current agencies that participate in telehealth was raised. Again, Mr. Linkous felt that a high level coordinating committee might be the best answer.
  • Finally, the really good news was that all the members of this bipartisan subcommittee appear to be very enthusiastic supporters of telemedicine.

 

 

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Posted on: April 26th, 2015

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