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.

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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.

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.

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.


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. Look back to remind us where we are.

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.

In-Depth: Looking back at 10 years of digital health coverage

Healthcare Guys

In 2009, the iPhone was a year and a half old. No one thought that Apple, Google, or Amazon would ever be thought of as a healthcare company.That was the world that MobiHealthNews launched into on January 31, 2009. The iPad was just a rumor. The Apple Watch wasnt even that.

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. .

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.

JAMA: 5 tips to fix EHR usability, 10 years post-HITECH

Healthcare Guys

was February 17, 2009, when, in the ongoing aftermath of the Great Recession, a newly-inaugurated President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law

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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.


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.

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.

Capsule Tech Acquires Bernoulli Health: Analysis

Medical Connectivity

The company got a big bump in growth with the advent of the HITECH Act in 2009, which drove rapid adoption of the clinical documentation use case where vital signs (and sometimes, other medical device data) was automatically placed into the patient's EMR record.

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EHR-Related Issues Top Patient Safety Concern List

Healthcare Guys

million event reports and reviewed hundreds of root-cause analyses since 2009 Each year the nonprofit ECRI Institute highlights its top 10 patient safety concerns for the year.

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HIPAA Breaches 2019 Style: More Than Ever With No Relief in Sight

Phoenix Health Systems

The Office of Civil Rights has just reported more data breaches than in any other month since the Department of Health and Human Services started recording healthcare data breaches in 2009. The Wall of Shame must be dripping with guilty tears. In April, 46 healthcare data breaches were reported — a 48% increase from March and 67% more than the average number of monthly breaches in the last six years.


Americans Growing Health Consumer Muscles and Knowledge: McKinsey

Health Populi

The first chart shows consumers’ concerns about health care expenses over time, comparing perceptions in 2009 and 2017.

Considerations for Building Cloud-Native Applications


Netflix began their move from a monolithic architecture to an AWS cloud-based microservices architecture in 2009. This is the next installment in a series of blogs on the subject of cloud transformation and building cloud-native applications.


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.

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. Researchers in the 2009 study documented how acetaminophen use seemed to cause errors in blood glucose readings with meters.


More U.S. Companies Offering Health Insurance After 8 Years of Decline

Health Populi

has declined, year over year, since the height of the Great Recession in 2009. After eight years of decline, more U.S. employers offered health insurance to workers in 2017, EBRI reports in its latest Issue Brief. In 2017, 46.9% of U.S.


Transparency in Improving Electronic Health Record Usability and Safety

Healthcare Guys

ver the last 9 years the US health care system has undergone an unprecedented transition from paper-based clinical record keeping to electronic health records (EHRs).

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Ten technologies that can help with fall detection in 2019

Aging in Place Technology Watch

But as a feature of something else, usually a PERS device, in 2019, you can search and you can find multiple choices, more than in 2009. The more thin gs change… Who would have thought that fall detection would be added to a hearing aid ?

The more technology changes, the more some categories will remain

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Way back, optimistic offerings from innovators took shape into problem-opportunity clusters – mapped out in the first Market Overview in the spring of 2009 (attached to this blog post).


HIMSS 2019: The Mainstreaming of Health IT, from Jim Cramer to Opioid Risk Scores

Health Populi

I found this tweet of mine from 2009 about Apple and Epic’s collaboration for a mobile EHR. On January 10, 2019, Jim Cramer of CNBC’s Mad Money recommended that Apple buy Epic, a market leader in EHRs.

Essential Telemedicine Terms Clinicians Should Know

Enzyme Health

The law went into effect in April of 2009 in response to the untimely death of 18-year old Ryan Haight, who died from an overdose of Vicodin procured from an online pharmacy without a prescription. Applying for telemedicine jobs and want to stand out? Just getting started in the field?

Six Health and Aging Technology Blog Posts from October 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. October – autumn leaves drift down and large events gear up.

Manage your health data, or trust blindly? Setting the stage for a data disaster, part 2

Society for Participatory Medicine

So yesterday I blogged the first of a series of updates to our blog posts on the subject in 2009. Initially published March 18, 2009.