Telemedicine Ballyhoo

LinkousThink

The chart shown here depicts the increase in the number of articles per month about telemedicine or telehealth, growing from 600 in January 2008 to 2,200 in October 2009. The road from hype to real is bumpy. Many telemedicine applications are, finally, now on that road, some ahead, some far behind. To shepherd the applications along some tough decisions needs to be made.

Beyond the Legislation

LinkousThink

What a year. After months of grueling debates, public clamor and hundreds of legislative proposals, national health reform legislation for the United States is almost here. The House and Senate versions of the legislation will be reconciled and a final bill will be signed by the President early next year.

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A study just published by the Journal of Medical Internet Research (J Med Internet Res 2009;11(3):e34) looked at the use of home-based telemonitoring on a group of patients using mobile phones. Another study documenting savings from remote monitoring – how many more do we need before change is made? The study, conducted in Austria, was based on a group of 120 randomly selected CHF patients divided into a control and “tele” group.

Standards of Care - Key to Telemedicine’s Growth

LinkousThink

ATA recently announced new telemental health practice guidelines. Such guidelines and associated efforts to create Standards of Care for telemedicine are important from several perspectives: Payer Acceptance Private insurers, employers sponsoring their own employee health insurance plans, government agencies and consumers are all payers of health care.

Ford Produces an Electronic Health Record for Cars

LinkousThink

Car owners can now get a text message of their car’s health. Why can’t we get something similar for ourselves? The Ford Motor Company offers an option for car owners to develop and track a VHR – Vehicle Health Report for several of its models. The data links to a website, [link] using the customer’s Bluetooth-paired and connected mobile phone.

Shaman-Based Triage for Telemedicine

LinkousThink

In many parts of the world, large segments of the population still fervently believe in the powers of supernatural healers, a shaman, witch doctors and the like. This causes problems when modern medicine starts to be introduced into a culture with a history of such beliefs. In remarks at a recent meeting in Cartagena, Colombia, ATALACC President Silvio Vega recounted a story where telemedicine ran up against such a case in the indigenous community of Hato Chami in Panama.

Are We Walking-the-Walk?

LinkousThink

An important question that was asked at the first meeting of the ATA’s new Institutional Council was whether any of the institutions provided telemedicine as part of the employee benefits for their own organizations. Scott Simmons of the University of Miami reported on their progress in extending telemedicine for employees of the University’s Medical Center. Someone mentioned that Cisco has started such a demonstration for their employees. But no other institution raised their hand.

Maintaining Balance as We Leap Ahead

LinkousThink

ATA was originally formed with an intention to be a medical society. Members were expected to submit their credentials upon joining ATA. This quickly changed as ATA's membership expanded to include both individuals and companies. In addition to individual and corporate membership categories, a new category, institutional membership, was created for hospitals and other non-profit healthcare organizations by then ATA President Ron Weinstein. The governance of ATA has also reflected this diversity.

The Conundrum of Internet Prescribing

LinkousThink

For several years ATA has been drawn into controversies surrounding the online prescribing of medications. Some issues in this area are clear but many others are murky and have become even more blurred with biased statements by groups on both sides with an obvious self interest. Over the past few years, ATA worked with Senate and House staff and related regulatory agencies on limiting online access to controlled substances.

Telemedicine, Telehealth, Remote Monitoring and the Latest Congressional Health Reform Proposal

LinkousThink

This week, the United States Senate Finance Committee announced its proposed health reform bill. This is the last of five proposals in Congress (two in the Senate, three in the House) to come forward. The proposals in the House are being combined into one bill and the same will probably happen in the Senate. Although it has already come under attack by many groups, the Finance Committee proposal, put forward by Sen.

Telemedicine and Health Reform: a little progress, a lot of hope

LinkousThink

Over the past few months you have heard a lot from ATA about the various machinations going on with national health reform. Starting out with high hopes we have witnessed the usual highs and lows of the legislative process. ATA has promoted a broad expansion of governmental support for telemedicine, only to have parts of it dashed by a few parties that refuse to consider what telemedicine can do for cost savings and improved quality of care.

How Big IS Telemedicine?

LinkousThink

If I had a nickel for every time I was asked this question. There are some interesting facts that have recently come out about the telemedicine market (explained below). However, much to the consternation of many reporters and entrepreneurs, there is no single answer to this question for four good reasons: Transparency - Telemedicine is not a separate specialty. In fact, many successful applications of telemedicine are simply folded into the normal clinical practice.

Telemedicine is Changing and ATA is Evolving

LinkousThink

The world of telemedicine, is changing rapidly and radically. ATA is also undergoing significant change. I want to share a couple of these changes with you and explain why they are occurring. Building on the foundation of programs and services established over 17 years, ATA is realigning our activities, our structure and even our look to ensure that the organization continues to be current, healthy and a change agent for the use of telecommunications technology in healthcare.

What physicians can learn from anthropologists

KevinMD

Since the passing of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act in 2009, it has been said that health tech would dramatically revolutionize health care and the patient experience. Advocates have claimed time and time again that it would advance disease diagnosis capabilities, improve patient outcomes, and increase patient satisfaction. Belief […]. Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.

Health insurance deductibles up 150% over last decade: analysis

FierceHealthIT

Health insurance deductibles continue to rise and are up 150% from 2009, according to a study from the Kaiser Family Foundation

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New Study Finds That Premiums Are Still Down Thanks To The ACA

ACA Times

While the Congressional Budget Office’s 2009 predictions for 2016 premium rates fell below 20%, this was all before the ACA came into effect a year later. Affordable Care Act Affordable Care Act (ACA) Donald Trump Health Care Reform Health Insurance Marketplace Loren Adler Paul Ginsbur Polls/Surveys UnitedHealthcare What is Congressional Budget Office’s 2009Of all the preconceived notions surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) , anything money related remains at the forefront.

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HHS CTO: Opioids, open data, kidney disease are key focus areas for department

Mobi Health News

President Barack Obama created the role in 2009 and appointed the first three people to hold the post: Todd Park, Bryan Sivak, and Susannah Fox The Department of Health and Human Services’ position of Chief Technology Officer is a relatively new one.

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3 Key Benefits of eConsults: A Doctor’s Perspective

Electronic Health Reporter

In 2009, a short ten years ago, there were an estimated 209,000 PCPs providing services […]. This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Emilie de Ocampo, MD, pediatrician, Golden Valley Health Centers. As primary care providers (PCPs), we’re increasingly trying to manage total patient care for more patients and facing worsening challenges in ensuring our patients can access the care they need.

Medical Debt in the U.S. Greater in States That Did Not Expand Medicaid

Health Populi

Next, check out a more granular look at medical debt by ZIP code income decile comparing 2009 and 2020, the latter after Medicaid expansion were implemented in 39 states. from 2009, and also had the largest increases in mean medical debt.

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Stakeholder Buy-In For Your Technology Deployment

Ortholive

The passage of the Healthcare Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) of 2009 was a Congressional mandate requiring healthcare providers to adopt electronic medical records (EMR) technology. $27 27 billion taxpayer dollars went into the deployment of these technology systems and countless billions from the healthcare providers forced to implement them. telehealth" "telemedicine" technology roll-out Doctor reluctance EHR IT

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EHR-Based CPOE Tools Miss Many Dangerous Medication Interactions

Healthcare IT Today

To conduct the study, researchers analyzed 8,657 observations using the National Quality Forum Health IT Safety Measure, a CPOE and EHR safety test administered by the Leapfrog Group between 2009 and 2018.

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How Telehealth And eConsults Are Reducing Patient Wait Times

Electronic Health Reporter

In a 2012 study, the National Ambulatory Medical Care Surveys found that between 1999 and 2009, the […]. This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Brooke LeVasseur, CEO, AristaMD. The shortage of specialist physicians in the United States continues to receive a great deal of attention as an area of concern. However, a lesser-known compounding factor is the increase in referral rates.

Interoperability Barriers: Achieving It In Today’s Healthcare Data Landscape

Electronic Health Reporter

It was generally recognized by 2009 that the health care industry was long overdue when it came to adopting electronic systems for storing patient data. This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Drew Ivan, EVP of product and strategy of Rhapsody. At the time, hospital adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems was at about 10 percent while electronic record keeping […].

Regulators Need to Pay More Attention to Long-term and Nursing Care

Healthcare IT Today

But these facilities are afterthoughts in our health care system, and were excluded in particular from the huge digitization of health care triggered in the United States by the 2009 HITECH act and 2010 Affordable Care Act.

Core Principles for Application Decommissioning and Data Archiving

Healthcare IT Today

While we’ve been writing about EMR data archiving since back in 2009 and then again in 2013 and 2014 to name a few, the topic has never been more important than it is today.

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What Person-Centered Interoperability Looks Like: Seqster

Health Populi

He had me at the statement, “I believe health data is medicine.”. Those were the words of Ardy Arianpour, CEO and Co-Founder of Seqster, when sharing with me how his company was founded.

CDC requests $350M to replace facility that handles deadly pathogens

FierceHealthIT

The current facility has only been in use since 2009 The CDC has requested $350 million from Congress to replace a lab for dangerous diseases, including Ebola and smallpox.

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How Clocktree safeguards your data

Clocktree

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, passed in 2009 and revised in 2013, provides a national standard for health information technology and strengthened the privacy and security protections spelled out in the original HIPAA laws. Clocktree was designed specifically for healthcare providers, with privacy and security of client data being a vital foundation of our platform.

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Gaming Addiction: How Metacognition, Desire & Craving Influence Problematic Use of Video Games

Telebehavioral Health Institute

2013 ; Wells, 2009 ), specifically therapy that focuses on decreasing the negative consequences of these processes, such as attention training (Wells, 2009 ). Among individuals of all ages, gaming addiction has been an issue of concern for many years.

Dollar General, the Latest Retail Health Destination?

Health Populi

Health Populi’s Hot Points: I’ve been tracking the growing retail health ecosystem for over a decade, writing in 2009 about Costco’s envisioning “health care in every pot.”

Telemedicine Technology Is Being Used to Educate Doctors Around The World

Clocktree

The Armenian Eyecare Project approached Lee in 2009 and has been working with him since, using telemedicine tools to provide a cost effective educational program. At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, doctor Thomas C. Lee, a pediatric retina surgeon, is using telemedicine to educate Armenian doctors on surgical procedures for premature infants suffering from retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).

Americans’ Sense of Well-Being Falls to Great Recession Levels, Gallup Finds

Health Populi

In the depths of the Great Recession in 2009, the globally economy declined by 0.1%, staying relatively flat.

4.5 Million Millennials Have Gained Health Coverage

ACA Times

million more young adults are covered by health insurance now than in 2009 because the Affordable Care Act, according to a White House report. In 2009 nearly a third of those aged 19 to 25 had no health insurance, twice the rate for Americans overall. About 4.5 As of mid-2014, the latest for which statistics are available, the uninsured rate had fallen by more than 40%, or about 4.5 million.

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Ten Years – Technology for Older Adults – 2009-2019

Aging in Place Technology Watch

There were 39 million older adults aged 65+ in 2009 -- today there are nearly 55 million. In 2009, adult children wanted their parents to be online or at least get email. By the time of New Year’s Day in 2009, a handful of companies had already begun to offer sensor-based home monitoring – QuietCare (eventually becoming Care Innovations), Healthsense (acquired by GreatCall), GrandCare , WellAware ( acquired by Healthsense ), and a bit later, BeClose (folded into Alarm.com Wellness).

“It’s the Deductible, Stupid” – Health Premiums Reach $20,576 in 2019 for a Family

Health Populi

Here’s the latest arithmetic on American workers’ financial trade-off of wages for health care insurance coverage: in the ten years since 2009, family premiums have risen 54% and workers’ contribution to health care spending grew 71%. Overall, 57% of employers offer health benefits — equal to offer levels in 2018 and similar to the 2009 level of 59%.

Aging and Health Technology Watch 2020 Research – A Recap

Aging in Place Technology Watch

It took the aging of the baby boomers and the sheer size of the aging population to turn a 2009 market niche into a 2020 major market category. A year that saw little travel but it was a good time to write. Most would agree that this year was not what we expected.

2009-19 Market of Technology for Older Adults -- All change, all the time

Aging in Place Technology Watch

The launch of that first report was timed in conjunction with the What’s Next Boomer Business Summit of 2009 and offered a chance to speak publicly about a market category that had been largely ignored by tech industry analysts. In 2009, the market was forecast to be $20 billion by 2020. . Tapping and typing, required in 2009, is augmented and sometimes replaced by speaking. The more things change.

The Pace of Tech-Adoption Grows Among Older Americans, AARP Finds – But Privacy Concerns May Limit Adoption

Health Populi

“HIPAA, as passed in 1996 and amended in 2009 through the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, defines privacy through a sectoral lens. One in two people over 50 bought a piece of digital technology in the past year.

What John Mackey of Whole Foods Said at the 2022 HIMSS Conference – and Why This is Important for the Whole Health Ecosystem

Health Populi

HIMSS convenes its annual conference this week in Orlando, kicking off with an Executive Summit that featured John Mackey , the CEO and Co-Founder of Whole Foods, in conversation with Cris Ross, CIO of the Mayo Clinic.

What’s Causing Fewer Primary Care Visits in the US?

Health Populi

That link will take you to my blog written on primary care ROI in November 2009 – and the math holds ten+ years later.