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New slate of ATA board leaders


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Posted on: June 5th, 2014

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The Alliance for Connected Health at Work


New Telemedicine Literature Review Released

According to the Parkinson’s Action Network, “The Alliance for Connected Care held two Hill briefings this week to announce the release of a new literature review titled, The Empirical Foundations of Telemedicine Interventions for Chronic Disease Management. The literature review looked at published literature on telemedicine management of three chronic diseases: congestive heart failure, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The authors of the literature review concluded that the current evidence “attests to the potential of telemedicine for addressing problems of access to care, quality of care, and health care costs in the management of the three chronic diseases chosen for this review.”

Speakers at the House briefing on May 20 included:

  • Krista Drobac, senior policy advisor at DLA Piper, LLP and executive director of the Alliance for Connected Care;
  • Former Sen. Trent Lott;
  • Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, senior policy advisory at DLA Piper, LLP;
  • Rashid Bashshur, executive director of eHealth at the University of Michigan Health System;
  • Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee;
  • Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means; and
  • Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Speakers at the Senate briefing on May 21 included Drobac; Sen. Daschle; Sen. Lott; Bashshur; former Sen. John Breaux; Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance; and Sen. John Thune (R-SD).

The New York Times also wrote a piece about Sens. Lott, Daschle, and Breaux working together on telemedicine.

Click here to read the literature review’s executive summary.”

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Posted on: May 24th, 2014

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Dr. Herb Rogove: “Join us at the ATA TeleICU panel May 20th”


On Tuesday, May 20th at 1:15pmimages, Dr. Herb Rogove, CEO of C3O Telemedicine, will moderate a panel of national intensivists discussing the hard questions about TeleICU. The panelists include Dr. James Marcin (director of pediatric teleICU at UCDavis), Dr. Craig Lilly ( director of the ICU and TeleICU at the University of Massachusetts), Dr. Chad Miller  (director of Neurocritical Care at The Ohio State University), and Dr. Neal Reynolds (director of one of the ICU’s at the University of Maryland’s R. Adam Cowley Trauma Center). A diverse group of adult and pediatric intensivists, general and neurocritical care, and users of a centralized and a de-centralized model of care.

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Posted on: May 14th, 2014

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ATA Summary of Key News Events: Keep Current


May 07, 2014
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health seeks input on how 21st-century technology can improve healthcare and help patients.
May 07, 2014
ATA recently submitted public comments urging the Tennessee Medical Board to adopt regulatory standards that would hold providers using telemedicine to the same standard as those practicing in office settings.
May 07, 2014
The Florida Senate passed an omnibus healthcare bill stripped of two of its biggest provisions with minutes left in the Legislative session.
May 07, 2014
Using technology from cellphones to video chats to expand the availability of healthcare is popular these days from hospitals to rural farm towns. Right now, Idaho is grappling with how to standardize care, and the process isn’t without controversy.Related article: Idaho must embrace telemedicine (Idaho Press-Tribune editorial)
May 07, 2014
Two industry organizations recently drafted guidelines and policies to clarify murky rules surrounding telemedicine, demonstrating the struggle many providers continue to have with this approach to care.
May 07, 2014
New guidelines issued by the Federation of State Medical Boards could have a chilling effect on the growth of telemedicine — especially in rural areas and among low-income patients, say some patient advocates, healthcare providers and healthcare companies. But the federation says the updated guidance will safeguard patients’ privacy and ensure high-quality care in the current fast-changing healthcare delivery environment.
May 07, 2014
The Federation of State Medical Boards’ move to leave out telecommunications in its guidelines for the use of telemedicine has divided the national telemedicine community. But it also calls attention to the enormous challenge of instituting nationwide policies to states that may have widely differing healthcare needs and policies for addressing them.
May 07, 2014
Telemedicine is lauded for advancing the public good, improving the quality of life and transforming the patient/doctor relationship for the betterment of both. Broadband-driven telemedicine also impacts economic development. But are communities prepared to ride this particular technology wave to better economic health?
May 07, 2014

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Posted on: May 8th, 2014

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FSMB Document Passes: What About License Portability?


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Drew Carlson, (817)868-4043;  dcarlson@fsmb.org

State Medical Boards Adopt Policy Guidelines for Safe Practice of Telemedicine

Denver, Colorado (April 26, 2014) – Representatives of state medical licensing boards today approved updated guidelines to help ensure the safety and quality of medicine when it is practiced using telemedicine technology – which can connect a patient in one location with a care provider in another location.

The Model Policy on the Appropriate Use of Telemedicine Technologies in the Practice of Medicine, adopted by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), provides much-needed guidance and a basic roadmap that state boards can use to ensure that patients are protected from harm in a fast-changing health-care delivery environment.

Among its key provisions, the model policy states that the same standards of care that have historically protected patients during in-person medical encounters must apply to medical care delivered electronically. Care providers using telemedicine must establish a credible “patient- physician relationship,” ensuring that patients are properly evaluated and treated and that providers adhere to well-established principles guiding privacy and security of personal health information, informed consent, safe prescribing and other key areas of medical practice.

“Telemedicine offers wonderful tools to help expand treatment options for patients – particularly in helping provide care in remote areas, lowering costs and helping support preventive care efforts,” said FSMB President and CEO Humayun J. Chaudhry, DO, MACP. “But as telemedicine has grown, so too, has the need for clear, common-sense guidelines that help health care providers transition to this exciting new environment in a safe way.”

Dr. Chaudhry noted that the new guidelines are designed to provide flexibility in the use of technology by physicians – ranging from telephone and email interactions to videoconferencing as long as they adhere to widely recognized standards of patient care.

The policy adopted by the FSMB’s House of Delegates, which represents all of the nation’s 70 state and territorial state medical licensing boards, is advisory, meaning state boards are free to adopt it as is, modify it, or retain their own current policies regarding telemedicine.

Representatives of the telemedicine industry expressed support for the guidelines following their adoption on Saturday.

“CTEL appreciates the FSMB’s guideline efforts as a first step to help put a definition to safe telemedicine,” said Greg Billings, Executive Director of the Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTEL), which represents some of the nation’s leading telemedicine providers.

The Policy at a Glance:

ï        Standards of care that protect patients during in-person medical interactions apply equally to medical care delivered electronically

ï        Providers using telemedicine should establish a credible “patient-physician relationship” and ensure that their patients are properly evaluated and treated

ï        Providers should adhere to well-established principles guiding privacy and security of records, informed consent, safe prescribing and other key areas of medical practice.

The new policy is available at www.fsmb.org/pdf/FSMB_Telemedicine_Policy.pdf. For more information, please contact Drew Carlson at dcarlson@fsmb.org or (817) 868-4043.

Commentary: If you have been following the issues surrounding this long awaited meeting and the public letter sent to the FSMB by the American Telemedicine Association, there are many questions still remaining after these issues have been on the table for seventeen years. According to the document, medical license portability still remains a major barrier to the practice of telemedicine. While the expedited process or compact approach is a baby step forward, the onerous task of obtaining fifty medical licenses is still yet to be solved.

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Posted on: April 28th, 2014

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A novel insurance plan to be watched and it’s incorporation of telemedicine


Evergreen, a non-profit health insurance cooperative is impacting healthcare in Baltimore. Maryland hadn’t had a health insurance co-op for 20 years until Dr. Peter Beilenson came along. So, using federal funds allocated by the Affordable Care Act, he founded Evergreen Health Cooperative, which debuted this past October for open enrollment on Maryland’s glitch-ridden health exchange.

According to Beilenson, “We’re a nonprofit insurance company. As a co-operative, it’s governed by a member majority. We have two major product lines. One side is the point-of-service insurance plan, which is like a PPO, with a network of providers. They take many kinds of insurance, so we don’t have a lot of leverage over their behavior.”

“The other product line is our four care centers: in the Rotunda in Baltimore city, White Marsh, Columbia and Greenbelt. They’re Patient Centered Medical Homes, where you get all your primary care, mental health services, wellness coaching . and the doctors are salaried, so there’s not this perverse incentive to do more testing if it’s not really necessary. They have smaller patient loads, there’s a social worker to deal with any behavioral health issues on the same day as your appointment, a health coach to set you up on wellness plans and a care coordinator to follow you at home.”

And telemedicine ties it all together. . A diabetic could have a blood sugar monitor at home that will trigger a note to tell the care coordinator that his sugars are too high and to monitor it. . You want to keep them from tipping into an emergency situation, because hospitalization will cost much more.

Reported by

ALISSA GULIN, The Daily Record | April 27, 2014

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Posted on: April 27th, 2014

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Facebook: an eye on telemedicine?


MobiHealth NewsUnknown-1: While Facebook hasn’t done much in the digital health industry until now, the company recently acquired virtual reality gaming startup Oculus Rift for more than $2 billion. During a call with reporters and analysts following the announcement, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained that while Oculus will continue to focus on gaming in the short term, the deal was more about placing a bet on the next big computing platform shift, which could include a telemedicine play.

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Posted on: April 24th, 2014

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Remember Senate support as FSMB meets in April to discuss telemedicine license portability


Senator John Thune (R-SD) and fifteen other bipartisan colleagues sent the following letter to the Federation of State Medical Boards. The FSMB meets in early April to discuss telemedicine medical licensing portability. This effort began in 1994.Thune 3 pages_Page_3

 

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Please keep us apprised of the progress FSMB makes to advance physician’s ability to be licensed to practice
in multiple states via telemedicine.

Sincerely,

John Thune

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Posted on: March 28th, 2014

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Google glass and a jump for physician productivity and patient relationships


Augmedix gets $3.2 million to bring Google Glass to doctors

 As reported in MobiHealth News

 

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Augmedix, founded in 2012, now has 36 employees. Its CEO and co-founder Ian Shakil told MobiHealthNews that Augmedix software is already deployed at “numerous different sites”, including one “top five national health system”.

“We are going after one of the biggest pain points in healthcare: The fact that doctors spend 30 or 40 or 50 percent of their day on the computer documenting the EHR — toiling away — pushing and pulling information,” Shakil said. “They often do it right in front of the patient — back turned — and typing. Then when the patient leaves even more type, type, type — feeding the beast.”

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Posted on: March 26th, 2014

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NBC News reports on telemedicine in Cleveland


A report on NBC News searchshows how HealthSpot is being utilized as a kiosk solution along with what the Cleveland Clinic is doing via a cable television connection.

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Posted on: March 17th, 2014

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