Telemedicine - 2010 & 2011 - Part 1 Public Policy

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2011 will be the critical year when we find out whether leaders in Washington and other world capitols will follow-through with specific actions. We will wait and see in 2011 what effect how the governments’ plans will actually have on accelerating broadband deployment. Here is the first of three pieces on where we have been in 2010 and where we are going next year for telemedicine. My comments throughout reflect the gobalization of the field.

Telemedicine 2010 & 2011 Part 2 - TECHNOLOGY

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In 2011, mergers and acquisitions in mHealth are sure to be news. Also of Note –There has been a series of amazing innovations in robotics, micro technology and automated clinical decision making, which may also start to have a broad impact on health delivery in 2011

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Reed Franklin - a Colleague and a Friend

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I am truly sorry to report that Reed Franklin, ATA's former Director of Public Policy, passed away earlier this week. He died of natural causes at his home in Arlington, Virginia. Reed was an important part of ATA while on our staff from 2007 to 2009.

I will no longer say “turning the corner” when it comes to telemedicine

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physicians and reported a first quarter profit for 2011 of $3.7 For years we talked about reaching the point when telemedicine services became self-sustaining outside of temporary grants, going from promise to reality. We have long passed the point of telemedicine being a new application. After eighteen years the corner is turned and I promise to put that phrase away.

Moving Our Eggs Out Of One Basket

LinkousThink

According to Gary Capistrant, ATA’s resident expert on all things related to health policy, at least 73 million Americans, almost one quarter of the population, are now covered under some form of managed care. Such plans eschew the fee-for-service approach in favor of a fixed sum to provide health services with flexibility in what and how such services are provided. Importantly, federal restrictions on the use of telemedicine don’t apply to such managed care plans.

Telemedicine Patents and Trademarks

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Over the last three months, several ATA members have been contacted by lawyers representing a third party that was recently awarded a business-process patent regarding the use of telemedicine by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent reportedly covers a physician simultaneously evaluating two or more remotely-located patients using a video-conferencing system. The following information is being provided because of the current member interest in this subject.

White House Announcements, Regulations and Telemedicine

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Included in the announcement was the May 5, 2011 decision to eliminate duplicative credentialing and privileging for telemedicine. We are getting on the fast track. President Obama recently announced a series of decisions to streamline the federal bureaucracy by eliminating hundreds of regulatory requirements across two dozen agencies, the changes could save $10 billion over five years.

Patents and Telemedicine

LinkousThink

I have been writing about how telemedicine is finally going mainstream. That is good news. However, sometimes when you get to be popular you also get noticed by, well, others. One area I worry about is Patent Trolling.

Six Misperceptions

LinkousThink

Healthcare is a $2 trillion market in the United States and growing at a fast pace. For entrepreneurs, that figure is so alluring it is impossible to ignore. Companies, institutions and individuals from everywhere are looking to see how to get a piece of the healthcare market. It’s the gold rush of the 21st century and health technology is where a lot of companies are staking a claim. And now the attention is turning to telemedicine.

More Evidence of Remote Monitoring Cost Savings

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The results of new research, published in the January 2011 issue of Health Affairs (1) , provide some interesting results that reinforce the importance of one aspect of remote monitoring: medication adherence. 2011;30(1 (2)Cutrona SL, Choudhry NK, Fischer MA, Servi A, Liberman JN, Brennan TA, et al.

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American States Lag European Nations in Licensure Portability

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Allowing physicians the right of free circulation as providers of medical services within the 25-nation European Union is part of a founding EU principle for freedom of circulation of goods, persons and services. The EU lays out minimum training requirements for general practice and specialist physicians and provides for mutual recognition of physicians’ qualifications.

On Snooze Alarms

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A clever and well worn trick to resist change and protect the status quo by funding and regulating organizations is the use of demonstration or pilot projects. When faced with a constituency pressing for change, the official response is often to thank the group making the request and suggest that a demonstration project be established along with an evaluation of the outcomes. The decision whether to move forward is then postponed until after the final evaluation is completed.

A New Proposal for Telecommunications Support & Rethinking "Home Telehealth"

LinkousThink

In December 2009 ATA provided comments to the Federal Communications Commission regarding a proposed national plan for broadband. The proposed plan called for broadband deployment to focus on rural communities. For healthcare, the thinking was to focus on access to rural health institutions and to the homes of rural residents.

Thank you Mr. President

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An inside game in Washington held every year by hundreds of the top lobbyists, consultants and association executives is to get some mention about their area of interest in the President’s State of the Union address. Last night, President Obama spoke of the importance of telemedicine as part of his proposal to deploy broadband, internet access and high-speed wireless coverage.

Technology design for all -- predicted in 2011, in-market in 2018

Aging in Place Technology Watch

A long time ago (7 years this month) in a tech world far, far away, a report sponsored by then-AARP executive Jody Holtzman predicted that technology change would deliver a new user experience.

Mumbai-based primary healthcare aggregator HealthAssure raises $2.5M in Series A funding

Mobi Health News

Founded in 2011, primary healthcare aggregator HealthAssure recently announced a $2.5M Series A round led by Blume Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund

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Femtech on the rise, but new companies have homework before they're ready for payers

Mobi Health News

A new report published by Research2Guidance found that femtech companies have raised over $220 million since 2011. The group predicts that number will jump to $297 million by 2024.

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Study Finds Health IT Adoption Has Positive Effect on Medical Outcomes

Healthcare Informatics

In a recently published study, two healthcare researchers analyzed the effect of the adoption of health information technology on medical outcomes since 2011

GoodRx acquires telemedicine company HeyDoctor to add virtual healthcare services

FierceHealthIT

GoodRx launched in 2011 as a prescription savings website and mobile app offering cost-comparison tools and medication discounts. The company is now expanding into healthcare services with the acquisition of telemedicine company HeyDoctor

OIG: Part D rebates grew but not enough to offset price spikes

FierceHealthIT

Rebates for Medicare Part D grew by $2 billion from 2011 to 2015, but the growth was limited to a minority of Part D drugs, a federal watchdog found

How The Use of Insure Tech Can Help Businesses Preserve Their Employees’ Health

Electronic Health Reporter

Since 2011, interest and investment in insurtech has exploded exponentially. In 2011, $140 million was invested. This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By 2015, it was $2.5 billion, according to McKinsey’s article, Insurtech: The Threat That Inspires. By the end of the first quarter in 2019, investment records had already broken new records, and went on to surpass $3 billion, coming second […].

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Joint Commission Allows Texting Orders: Now What?

Medical Connectivity

Now that the Joint Commission has reversed their position stated in a FAQ page in 2011 and said texting orders is now okay (downloadable pdf), where do we go from here? could be met in 2011. It's safe to say every hospital has a need to text orders to some degree.

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Fear and Confusion Over the Software and Artificial Intelligence Revolution Reaches the FDA

Healthcare IT Today

What passes for a moderate observation is the 2011 statement by Marc Andreessen that “Software is eating the world.” Society is being doubly convulsed by the revolutions of software and artificial intelligence.

My HIMSS19 Takeaway: Mind the Gap

Electronic Health Reporter

While I’m a relative newcomer to the show’s trajectory – I’ve been to four of the annual tradeshows since 2011 – this year’s version was, for me, the most rewarding and complete of them all. This content is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter.

Top technology hazards include surgical stapler misuse, notification fatigue, according to ECRI's 2020 list

FierceHealthIT

Since 2011, there have been more than 100,000 stapler incidents in healthcare, according to the U.S. These risks of patient harm led the ECRI Institute to name surgical stapler misuse as the top health technology hazard facing providers in 2020

Patients Become Healthcare Payors, Now Consumers – HealthConsuming Explains, Part 1

Health Populi

This is a contentious issue, debated from my admired economist-guru Paul Krugman in the New York Times in 2011 when he contended that patients weren’t consumers ; to last week in Medscape , when bioethicist , and another admired thinker, Dr. Art Caplan, echoed the same.

The Most Important Trends For Health in Mary Meeker’s 2019 Internet Report Aren’t About Health Care

Health Populi

I’ve covered this influential document here in Health Populi through my health economics/consumer tech lens for most years since 2011 (skipping 2012 and 2016). 2011 – Meeker & Murphy on Mobile – Through the Lens of Health.

Consumers Seek Benefits From Food, a Personal Social Determinant of Health

Health Populi

as Marion Nestle reminded us in this 2011 Atlantic essay. As consumers in the U.S. wrestle with accessing and paying for medical benefits, there’s another sort of health benefit people increasingly understand, embrace, and consume: food-as-medicine.

Vote As If Your Health Depended Upon It; Learning from Governor Kasich on Voting Day 2018

Health Populi

Governor Kasich has led the Buckeye State since 2011, and his second and final term ends in January 2019. …because it does. Citizens scare politicians,” I heard Governor John Kasich say to Nicole Wallace on her show Deadline: White House yesterday, just hours from today’s U.S.

Medicare Drug Prices Up Despite Decrease in Prescriptions

BHM Healthcare Solutions

Total Medicare reimbursement for all brand-name drugs ballooned 77 percent from 2011 to 2015. Even when including manufacturer rebates, Medicare reimbursement for brand-name drugs climbed 62 percent from 2011 to 2015.

Design for all – what we wanted and what we got

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Was that what was meant in the concept ‘design for all’ in this prescient report ‘Connected Living for Social Aging’ sponsored by AARP in 2011? The advice to vendors from the 2011 report -- did we get what we wanted? Here’s a test.

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FDA flags lingering patient safety concerns over feeding tubes

FierceHealthIT

Since 2011, the FDA has received reports of two deaths, 24 serious injuries and 32 device malfunctions related to enteral misconnections The FDA on Friday issued new guidance to hospital purchasing departments and healthcare providers warning them to use enteral devices with connectors to avoid misconnections—a known risk for patient injury.

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Mary Meeker on Healthcare in 2018: Connectivity, Consumerization, and Costs

Health Populi

2011 – Meeker & Murphy on mobile – through the lens of health. Health care features prominently in the nearly-300 slides curated by Mary Meeker in her always- informative report on Internet Trends 2018.

A Tale of Two Americas as Told by the 2019 OECD Report on Health

Health Populi

Opioid-related deaths grew some 20% since 2011 in the U.S. It was the best of times, It was the worst of times, It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, It was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, …. starts Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities. .

Best Buy Acquires GreatCall – What’s it Mean for Best Buy?

Aging in Place Technology Watch

First take – this links together multiple Best Buy initiatives, starting in 2011. More significant in 2011, Best Buy became a founding consortium member in a ‘living lab’ Charter House in Rochester, Minnesota (along with Mayo Clinic). "We

Capsule Tech Acquires Bernoulli Health: Analysis

Medical Connectivity

By 2011, Capsule's revenue was $38.6M In the same 2011 to 2012 time frame, Bernoulli founder Jim Biondi (then called Cardiopulmonary Corp.) Much like Intel's foray into health care, Qualcomm created Qualcomm Life in 2011 to build a health care tech business.

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Four technology (health and aging) blog posts from August 2018

Aging in Place Technology Watch

First and lasting take – this links together multiple Best Buy initiatives, starting in 2011. Look at the history of Best Buy. More significant in 2011, Best Buy became a founding consortium member in a ‘living lab’ Charter House in Rochester, Minnesota (along with Mayo Clinic). "We

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What’s New in the ServiceNow ‘New York’ Version

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Till 2011, ServiceNow version named after seasons (month in which they are released). After 2011, ServiceNow has new naming approach based on a city, and following an alphabetical order. ServiceNow offers cloud based platform that delivers digital workflows.

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Americans’ Top Sources of Stress are Money, Money, Money and Family

Health Populi

Here’s a study the GAO wrote back in 2011 detailing the need to overcome this labor mobility problem, which is alive and well (and not in a healthy sense) in 2019 based on the TransAmerica study.

Race to introduce a T1D drug that inhibits glucose absorption

Insulin Nation

Boehringer and Lily announced an alliance in 2011 and empagliflozin is a product of that collaboration. Sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors, also called gliflozin drugs, are a new class of diabetic medications.

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