Telemedicine Ballyhoo


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.

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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.


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Beyond the Legislation


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.

Standards of Care - Key to Telemedicine’s Growth


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


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


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?


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


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


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


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


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?


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


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


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 Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.

Health insurance deductibles up 150% over last decade: analysis


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


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.


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.

Stakeholder Buy-In For Your Technology Deployment


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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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 […].

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. Hospital EHRs frequently miss harmful or potentially fatal errors, according to a study published in the journal JAMA Network Open.

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How Clocktree safeguards your data


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.


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. With many healthcare organizations literally supporting 100s and even 1000s of health IT software, how you handle legacy systems including data […].

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


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.


Telemedicine Technology Is Being Used to Educate Doctors Around The World


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).

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 Wellness).

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.

“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%.

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. It’s déjà vu all over again for Americans’ well-being: we haven’t felt this low since the advent of the Great Recession that hit our well-well-being hard in December 2008. As COVID-19 diagnoses reached 200,000 in the U.S. in April 2020, Gallup gauged that barely 1 in 2 people felt they were thriving.

From the 2021 Market Overview Technology for Aging

Aging in Place Technology Watch

It's 2021 and baby boomers turn 75.


Five new technologies from LeadingAge Philadelphia 2018

Aging in Place Technology Watch

As it was at first encounter in 2009, it is an association of faith-based and non-profit senior living and aging-related services. From the 2016 event, attended by 6500, attendance had shrunk from 2009’s attending 9000. From A AHSA to LeadingAge. In 2010, this association was renamed LeadingAge – from the Association of Homes and Services for the Aging – a mouthful, shortened to AAHSA.

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. Three in four people over fifty in America now have a smartphone. One-half of 50+ Americans use a tablet, and 17% own wearable tech.

How Digital Health Can Stimulate Economic Development

Health Populi

In February 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), less formally known as the Stimulus Bill. The policy’s acronym fully spelled-out was the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009. trillion in 2009 when HITECH was signed into law to $3.7 It’s National Health IT Week in the US, so I’m kicking off the week with this post focused on how digital health can bolster economic development.

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. Americans who have commercial health insurance (say, through an employer or union) are rarely thought to face barriers to receiving health care — in particular, primary care, that front line provider and on-ramp to the health care system.

How Covid-19 Can Inspire Tech-Enabled Value-Based Health Care in a Cash-Constrained America

Health Populi

” The implementation of electronic health records, spurred on by the HITECH Act which was embedded in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka the Stimulus Bill) resulted in lots of EHRs deployed in hospitals and doctor’s offices, with huge gaps in interoperability and data liquidity.

Leadership Transition, Part 1

Society for Participatory Medicine

Twelve industry leaders founded the Society in 2009, and John Grohol and I are the only founders who remain on the board. Leadership transitions are an essential part of the maturity of any organization.

Trust Is a Key Social Currency for COVID-Embattled Consumers

Health Populi

Trusting relationships as a top-three factor grew by 50% over the proportion of people who cited in in February 2009 at the throes of the Great Recession. The coronavirus pandemic has re-shaped patients into consumers, concerned about managing the risk of contracting the virus, millions of people experiencing months of sheltering, working, learning, and cooking at home.

Acetaminophen Can Affect Meter and CGM Readings

Insulin Nation

There’s been evidence as far back as 2009 that acetaminophen can cause inaccurate blood sugar readings with meters. In July 2009, The Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology published a paper discussing sources of meter errors in measurement of blood glucose levels, including patient use of acetaminophen. Researchers in the 2009 study documented how acetaminophen use seemed to cause errors in blood glucose readings with meters.


FemTech is Hot, and Fitbit Knows It

Health Populi

But honestly, all I’ve wanted these years since beginning of quantifying myself with the Fitbit “Classic” in 2009 was a way to organize the many facets of my health-life in one app. Girls Rule the World, Beyoncé has told us. But not when it comes to digital health…at least until 2018, as Fitbit has announced a woman-focused smartwatch called the Versa which is expected to hit the market in April 2018.