ATA 2010 Summit – What a Difference a Year Makes

LinkousThink

Last spring, the ATA staff proposed that this year’s Mid Year meeting include a Summit to showcase national leaders from government, the largest insurers, leading medical centers and other sectors that are embracing telemedicine and the changes they are spearheading to expand its use. As I look over the list of speakers who have readily agreed to participate in the Summit, I realize that there is no better sign of the change that has taken place for telemedicine.

Become a ChaCha Guide!!

Bridge Writes

ChaCha is one of the largest and fastest growing text-based services, second only to Twitter in Mobile traffic. Our Mobile Answers Text Service launched in January 2008 and has been providing great answers to questions on the go, for free, ever since. ChaCha is part of millions of people’s daily lives! Guide Role Description: ChaCha is currently recruiting for our Expeditor Guide role, to help us handle our growing traffic. Enjoy helping and entertaining others? Expeditors do a lot of both!

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Global Opportunities for Telemedicine

LinkousThink

Over the past year ATA has increased its presence and its role internationally. This reflects the transformation of both the market and practice of telemedicine. The mission of ATA is to be an advocate and a voice for telemedicine with government and other bodies, provide education, promote research and establish standards. This remains the priority and core responsibility of the organization.

Remote Cardiac Monitoring: The Debate Begins

LinkousThink

An article in this month’s New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) ( [link] ) reported the results of a six month clinical trial which evaluated the effectiveness of a telephone monitoring service for patients that suffered heart failure. The authors of the study, based at Yale University, reported that this service had no impact on the health of the patients when compared with a control group. In the weeks to come, this article is certain to generate a lot of comment and debate.

Lessons from the Snow

LinkousThink

The past five days in Washington, DC have been a test for those who live in the nation’s capitol. Twenty inches of snow last weekend have been followed by an additional 15 inches of snow and ice this week. Roads were clogged. Snow overwhelmed the region’s snow removal equipment.

FDA is Not the Bogeyman

LinkousThink

There has been a lot of talk and, frankly, a lot of uninformed fear about possible forthcoming regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As FDA explores its role in the changing world of health technology there has been a lot of talk about how the agency may require certification of every cell phone or every laptop that may be used in some way for provide medical assistance.

Telemedicine - Where Both Sides Agree

LinkousThink

The meeting will occur during the 2010 Summit of the American Telemedicine Association in Baltimore Maryland. In an era of partisan wrangling over healthcare reform there is one topic which enjoys widespread support across the spectrum of politics: telemedicine.

In Memoriam, Bob Waters

LinkousThink

Bob's family and Drinker Biddle would like to invite all his coworkers, colleagues, and friends to a memorial reception to celebrate his life on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm with details regarding location to follow The telemedicine community suffered a loss this week with the passing of Robert J. Waters, JD, the founder of the Center for Telehealth and eHealth Law and a long-time leader in telemedicine.

Barking Up A New Tree

LinkousThink

Changes in the way healthcare services are paid from fee-for-service to single payment mechanisms create vast new opportunities for telemedicine but shift the decision makers that govern adoption and market expansion. Since the start of ATA, the Holy Grail for many has been the expansion of existing fee-for-service insurance programs to cover telemedicine.

Telemedicine and State Licensure

LinkousThink

The National Broadband Plan, released by the Federal Communications Commission in March 2010 states: “State-by-state licensing requirements limit practitioners’ ability to treat patients across state lines. State licensure of health care has become an important national concern. This hinders access to care, especially for residents of states that do not have needed expertise in-state.”

The Cost of Red Tape

LinkousThink

The deadline for implementing this new interpretation is July 15, 2010. Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) came out with an interpretation of how a hospital should provide quality assurance for physicians providing health care via telemedicine to a patient in the hospital.

Adoption of Telemedicine Accelerating

LinkousThink

A series of news announcements and reports over the past few days provides an interesting look at the breadth and scope of telemedicine being by health professionals and consumers, worldwide. Almost 6,000 health-related mobile phone applications are now available for consumers and health practitioners over mobile phones according to a report released on March 1 by MobiHealthNews.

Telemedicine and the Underserved Community

LinkousThink

This week I had the pleasure of sharing a podium with Dr. Garth Graham, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. We spoke at the annual meeting of the Health Information Management Systems Society in a session titled: “ Underserved Communities and the Health Information Technology Landscape – the Necessity for Partnership.”

My Favorite Myths About Telemedicine

LinkousThink

Last year I asked the ATA staff to come up with a list of the top myths about telemedicine. With years of fielding questions from the public, from ATA members and the press I figure they were in a good position to come up with some of the leading examples. Yes, I admit that these are pet peeves of mine as well, so this is partly a cathartic exercise and a good way to start the new year.

CMS achieves lowest Medicare improper payment rate since 2010

FierceHealthIT

Improper payments in Medicare have been on the decline since Congress passed the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010. They reached an eight-year low of 8.12% in the Medicare fee-for-service program this year, according to CMS

Changes in 2010!! The big D

Bridge Writes

I only posted 1 time in 2010!!! One awesome change for me in 2010 was reuniting with my old high school sweetheart, Chad. Another big change in 2010 was Cliffy's diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes. There is only one thing I would change from 2010, and that is The big D!

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Telemedicine - 2010 & 2011 - Part 1 Public Policy

LinkousThink

Here is the first of three pieces on where we have been in 2010 and where we are going next year for telemedicine. For telemedicine, 2010 appears to have been a watershed year - the point when many in charge of government healthcare programs finally started to seriously consider the benefits of such technology. Speeches in 2010 by the head of Medicare in the U.S. Plans to aggressively expand broadband access were unveiled by several countries in 2010.

Telemedicine 2010 & 2011 Part 2 - TECHNOLOGY

LinkousThink

Telemedicine has never been bereft of electronic wizardry and 2010 included a host of exciting developments with clever new devices that see, analyze, and intervene with any number of medical maladies, all at steadily reduced prices. mHealth , clearly the hottest topic in telemedicine technology for 2010, has become a trendy term used for a perplexing array of activities. Video conferencing technologies were also a buzz in 2010.

2018 Medicare Fee-For-Service improper payment rate is lowest since 2010

The CMS Blog

2018 Medicare Fee-For-Service improper payment rate is lowest since 2010. 2018 Medicare Fee-For-Service improper payment rate is lowest since 2010 Significant progress in saving $4.59B in estimated improper payments for the Medicare Fee-For-Service program. We are proud to announce that the Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) improper payment rate is at its lowest since 2010 and the decreased improper payment rate from 2017 to 2018 represents a $4.59

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Opportunities in precision oncology and genomic profiling services in Asia Pacific

Mobi Health News

Launched in 2010 with a $25 million Series A financing led by Third Rock Ventures, Foundation Medicine released its first commercial assay called FoundationOne in 2012.

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Mercom: Investors poured $2.5 billion into digital health last quarter

Mobi Health News

Mercom says the quarter, with 187 deals, is only the second since 2010 to top $2 billion Digital health companies raised $2.5 billion in VC funding in the first quarter of 2018, according to a new report from Mercom Capital Group.

Patient visits to community health centers soar, report finds

FierceHealthIT

Community health centers saw 33% patient growth between 2010 and 2016, according to an analysis from George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health

Healthcare Access and Cost Top Americans’ Concerns in Latest Gallup Poll

Health Populi

The Gallup Poll , fielded in the first week of March 2018, found that peoples’ overall economic and employment concerns are on the decline since 2010, at the height of the Great Recession which began in 2008.

Patients, Health Consumers, People, Citizens: Who Are We In America?

Health Populi

The research found that peoples’ exposure to clinician quality information doubled between 2010 and 2015, and more consumers sought quality metrics — albeit, with differences across sub-groups of people (e.g.,

ONC Finds Possible Merit in FDA Pre-Cert

Medical Connectivity

One might think that an EHR also meets the definition of a medical device, but this notion was resolved by the 21 st Century Cures Act of 2010 which expressly declared that software that is intended to serve as an electronic patient record is excluded from the FDA’s portfolio.

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Stock and Flow

33 Charts

It’s drawn from a 2010 post on the subject by Robin Sloan: Flow is the feed. And is not exclusive of the other according to Sloan: And the real magic trick in 2010 is to put them both together. I struggle with the idea of where to put my ideas.

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Smart Phone Sign – A Measure of Well-Being and Suitability for Discharge

33 Charts

My biggest challenge with my smart phone in the clinic is iPhone attribution error , first described in 2010. Traditionally bowel sounds and the ability to pass urine were signs of postoperative progress. Now there’s the smart phone sign.

Trends: Increase in Opioid-related Hospital Stays for Older Patients

BHM Healthcare Solutions

Among patients ages 65 and older, the rate of opioid-related hospitalizations jumped 34 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to statistical brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Between 2010 and 2015, the researchers found a 34.3

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More Working Americans Enrolled in High-Deductible Health Plans in 2017

Health Populi

in 2017, about the same proportion as in 2016 — but nearly 20 million fewer than in 2010, as the line chart illustrates. Over four in 10 U.S.

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SCTRC Advisory Board Member Receives Designation as Academy Edge Runner

Telehealth Blog

The Vine School Health Center is a nurse-designed interprofessional practice located within the Vine School in Knox County, TN, an economically disadvantaged community with, according to the 2010 census, a median household income of $9721.

Five new technologies from LeadingAge Philadelphia 2018

Aging in Place Technology Watch

In 2010, this association was renamed LeadingAge – from the Association of Homes and Services for the Aging – a mouthful, shortened to AAHSA. From A AHSA to LeadingAge.

17 AGs defend ACA against legal effort to dismantle the law

FierceHealthIT

In the latest battle over the legality of the ACA, 17 Democratic attorneys general are fighting back against a federal lawsuit that would completely gut the 2010 healthcare law. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the Texas lawsuit is "based on a dubious legal claim with the sole goal of stripping Americans of their healthcare

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Consider: Aging in a Virtual World

Aging in Place Technology Watch

The Virtual Senior Center (or VSC) was started in New York in 2010 when Selfhelp and Microsoft introduced video technology for homebound seniors to meet online with other seniors and participate in tech-enabled activities.

The more technology changes, the more some categories will remain

Aging in Place Technology Watch

The iPad was introduced in 2010, and was debated as having senior appeal, according to a 2010 AARP article. The more things change… Life expectancy is long – tech attention span from investors and innovators can be short.

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The Venture Valkyrie’s Next AdVenture

Health Populi

Lisa started the Venture Valkyrie blog in 2010. Investor, advisor, operator, podcaster, blogger, speaker, Board member, mentor, mother, wife, volunteer.

How Authoritarian Governments Could Misuse Digital Health Innovations

Healthcare Guys

Digital technologies are double-edged swords: they promised social changeOn 17 December 2010, a Tunisian vegetable vendor set up his cart on the street in Sidi Bouzid to sell goods that he obtained the day before from borrowed money.

mHealth Events to attend in 2019

mHealth Insight

It’s interesting to note that this number is down 40% on the number in 2017 which itself was down 40% on 2016 (click here to view the events that were held in 2018 , 2017 , 2016 , 2015 , 2014 , 2013 , 2012 , 2 011 and 2010 ).

2018-2019 look back and ahead at tech buzz, hope, and hype

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Virtual reality games used special glasses -- and then in 2010 along came better glasses and overdrive after CES in 2018. Who can resist reflection when a year ends and 2019 begins?

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Healthcare Data Breaches Spike Significantly in Seven Years

BHM Healthcare Solutions

1, 2010, and Dec. The number of breach reports increased each year, from 199 in 2010 to 344 in 2017, with the exception of 2015. The most common breach sites shifted from laptop and paper or film records in 2010 to network server and email in 2017. 1 breach type in 2010 to hacking and unauthorized access in 2017. Editor’s Note: 2018 was a significant year for ransomware attacks. In the coming year, cyberattacker activity will branch out into new territories.

WeDoctor founder Jerry Liao reflects on his journey to $400M investment and 27M monthly active users

Lloyd Price

In 2010, Mr. Jerry Liao Jieyuan and his team created an online platform called (Mandarin for ‘to register’) for patients to make consultation appointments with their doctors. What made you decide to set up WeDoctor in 2010? That is why I set up WeDoctor in 2010.