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Explore Telemedicine - the future is now for moving telemedicine into mainstream treatment WhaTech In the US, telemedicine has been promoted as a way to serve rural populations, but in the next few years it is expected to spread to a much wider patient base.

EHR Interoperability Solution Offered by Key IT Panels Modern Healthcare Two key federally chartered health information technology advisory panels are recommending what would amount to, if implemented, a major paradigm shift in how health information is exchanged between providers and other data users, as well as in how it is accessed by patients.

Digital doc: CHI Franciscan Health patients save $600K with Virtual Urgent Care Puget Sounds Business Journal Virtual Urgent Care, a service the medical system provides through telemedicine company Carena, means patients can talk to doctors and nurses remotely for the sake of convenience, so they don't have to wait in an emergency room for hours.


Telehealth Market Poised to Hit $43.4B by 2019 HealthcareDive A new BCC Research report finds that the telemedicine market will hit $43.4 billion by 2019. The overall telemedicine market is growing at a 17.7% compound rate, largely fueled by telehome visits increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24%.

Blackberry Passport Launched The New Indian Express UST Global unveiled an advanced telemedicine application in collaboration with BlackBerry India for cardiovascular surgery and telemedicine centre, Nanavati Super-Specialty Hospital. 

AMD Global Telemedicine Announces AGNES-Ready Certification Program and Integration with MiiS horusScope Virtual-Strategy.com The MiiS horusScope, a medical scope with interchangeable lenses used for telemedicine applications, is the latest product certified for use with AGNES telemedicine software.


New Mexico Expands its Teleneurology Network mHealth News Thirty rural hospitals across New Mexico will soon have instant access to neurological and neurosurgery consults, thanks to a $15 million telehealth grant being supplied by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

UC Merced Connect: Video Technology Gives Students More Access to Psychiatric Services Merced Sun-Star The 10th and newest UC campus is the first within the system to provide telemedicine psychiatry. Students who are referred to a psychiatrist are linked to an off-campus doctor through a secure video-conferencing system at the H. Rajender Reddy Health Center. Referrals are made through the health center.


India: Telemedicine Catches Up Deccan Chronicle Telemedicine, a technology that makes the doctor in a city diagnose a patient in other city, with the help of videoconference and tools that are able to analyse the patient’s condition is becoming popular in Indian cities.

Telemedicine Has an Easier Pathway Outside the U.S. Roll Call The U.S. lags behind in acceptance due to varying state and federal restrictions, but European regulations are simpler and telemedicine increased in Israel after health authorities relaxed guidelines. 

Dubai Health Authority Introduces Telemedicine for Diabetic Eye-checkups Zawya HE. Eng. Essa Al Maidoor, Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority, said: "Diabetics who visit the DHA facilities will no longer have to go to an ophthalmologist for their annual eye check-ups. Every diabetic clinic in DHA primary healthcare centres are fitted with digital retinal cameras.


(Arizona) SB1050. Telemedicine; Naturopaths: Introduced January 14, 2014, amending previous Telemedicine legislation section 36-3601.
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(Hawaii) SB2469. Telehealth; Insurance; Health Care Providers; Reimbursement: Introduced January 21, 2014, Requires reimbursement for services provided through telemedicine to be equivalent to reimbursement for the same services provided via face-to-face contact between a health care provider and a patient. 
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(Maryland) SB198. Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Telemedicine: This bill would amend the state’s law regarding Medicaid coverage of telemedicine.  It would remove restrictions, such as requiring the use of telemedicine only in the case of providing for the treatment of cardiovascular disease or stroke; in emergency department settings and when an appropriate specialist is not available.  If passed, this bill would take effect October 1, 2014.
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(Washington) HB1448. Regarding Telemedicine. Re-introduced January 13, 2014, this bill will be amending RCW 70.41.020 and 2 70.41.230; adding a new section to chapter 41.05 RCW; adding a new 3 section to chapter 48.43 RCW; creating new sections; and providing an 4 effective date.
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S. 1932: Better Care, Lower Cost Act: Introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR] in January 2014, the goal of this bill is to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a Medicare Better Care Program to provide integrated care for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 6719 TeleHealth Promotion Act: Introduced by Rep. Thompson (D-Calif.) in late 2012, the goal of this bill was to prevent readmission and help with interstate licensing. It was introduced Dec. 30, 2012, but not enacted.
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H.R. 3577 (Introduced Nov. 21, 2013): To establish the Commission on Health Care Savings through Innovative Wireless Technologies Read Bill Text

H.R. 3077: TELE-MED Act of 2013 (Introduced Sept. 10, 2013): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit certain Medicare providers licensed in a State to provide telemedicine services to certain Medicare beneficiaries in a different State.
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H.R. 3306 Telehealth Enhancement Act of 2013: Introduced by Reps. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), along with Reps. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.). It was introduced on Oct. 22 with the goal of promoting and expanding the application of telehealth under Medicare and other federal healthcare programs.
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October 2014

The Need for Telemedicine Increases in ERs as Costs Decrease

It's October and our thoughts are on the turning leaves, ghoulish garb, syrupy sweets and.. Telemedicine?  Each year, 9.2 million babies, children, and teens are injured severely enough to need treatment in emergency departments all across America, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [1] Halloween is one of the top holidays of the year for emergency room visits, and all children are vulnerable because of the very things that make Halloween so exciting - their costumes. [2] Each year children are admitted to the ED with injuries caused by oversized costumes, dimly lit sidewalks and distracted drivers.

Emergency departments are increasingly relying on telemedicine for support in treating these patients. Approximately 3,500 US medical institutions participate in an estimated 200 telemedicine networks, according to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA). [3] Using telemedicine as a tool in the emergency room has been proven to deliver a 15% reduction in emergency room visits and a 20% reduction in emergency readmission, according to a 2012 study conducted by HIMSS Analytics. So, why isn’t everyone adopting this widely available technology?

In past years, one of the biggest barriers to telemedicine adoption has been equipment cost. However, a recent study funded by Center for Information Technology Leadership Partners HealthCare System, Inc. found that “The cost to equip all US emergency departments with hybrid telehealth technologies could easily be covered by savings from a reduction in transfers between emergency departments. From a baseline of 2.2 million patients transported each year between emergency departments at a cost of $1.39 billion in transportation costs, hybrid technologies would avoid 850,000 transports with a cost savings of $537 million a year.”

We are seeing an increase in telemedicine visibility and hopefully these cost benefits will lead to wider usage rates, especially in the emergency room, where every second lost can detrimentally effect each patient’s outcome.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if we can help your emergency department or any other area of your hospital, clinic or private practice with setting up a telemedicine program, Contact Us at (530) 676-0421 or Send Us an Email at mail@telemedicine.com.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

In California, the California Telehealth Resource Center (CTRC), has a current grant through Blue Shield of California Foundation to offer FREE ONSITE TRAINING SESSIONS . See the training flyer for more information!

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ATA Asks HHS to Lift 'Unnecessary' Restrictions on Medicare Providers Fierce HealthIT "Providers cannot take advantage of the full capabilities of telemedicine and telehealth due to unnecessary limitations," said Jonathan Linkous, chief executive officer of ATA, in an announcement.

Telemedicine and Telehealth Benefits to Change for Texas Medicaid May 1, 2013.. Learn More

House bill seeks active-duty telehealth Healthcare IT News. Continuing the recent spate of mHealth activity in the nation's capital, a pair of California Congressmen have submitted a bill that would expand telehealth coverage to active-duty service members, their dependents, retirees and veterans.

Final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rule for 2013 Includes a 26.5% Decrease. HANYS. Telehealth: CMS adopted its proposal to add eight Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System codes to the list of services approved for coverage under the Medicare telehealth policy.

Delaware Medicaid Program Announces Reimbursements for Telemedicine-Delivered Services. HIMSS. This initiative will help to improve patient’s access to care, better the quality of care and help to transform the state’s mental health system.

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