Telemedicine - 2010 & 2011 - Part 1 Public Policy


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


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

Reed Franklin - a Colleague and a Friend


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


American States Lag European Nations in Licensure Portability


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


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"


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


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.

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

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.

People Want to Flourish, Not Just Live – Speaking Health Politics to Real People

Health Populi

” a 2011 BMJ article asked. “How should we define ‘health?'”

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.


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.

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.

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.

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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FDA flags lingering patient safety concerns over feeding tubes


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.


Has Physician Burnout Really Eased? And What Might That Mean for Health IT Leaders?

Healthcare Guys

physicians exhibited at least one symptom of burnout in 2017, compared with 54 percent in 2014 and 46 percent in 2011. percent in 2017, similar to levels found in 2014 (28 percent) and 2011 (29 percent Its become impossible for the leaders of patient care organizations to escape the subject of physician burnout; that issue has become the subject of innumerable articles, blogs, research reports, and discussion panels at the most prestigious and high-profiles across the U.S.

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.

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

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


Patients To Healthcare Providers Text Us

Healthcare Guys

A West survey of 1,036 Americans revealed patients are more than three times as likely to text with healthcare professionals today than they were in 2011. If you are like many Americans who send and receive text messages on a daily basis, here is a question: Who do you exchange texts with?


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.

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.


Can AI Make Healthcare Human Again? Dr. Topol Says “Yes”

Health Populi

Your first dip into his wisdom should be “A Doctor’s Touch,” his TED talk from 2011 with over 1.5

Why We’re Excited for NASCO Converge 2019


Perficient has been a proud NASCO partner since 2011. Helping Blue Cross Blue Shield Companies Win in the Market. This year’s NASCO conference, Converge 2019, will kick-off June 3-6, 2019. This conference will be centered on where collaboration, innovation, and technology intersect.

Hearing aid pricing and weak insurance – older adults lose out

Aging in Place Technology Watch

The majority of responders were women, though in the general population hearing loss affects twice as many men as women – one study in 2011 attempted to figure out why men are less regular users – concluding that poor handling of the devices was a factor.

Recapping the most-read blog posts from 2018

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Best Buy Acquires Great Call – What’s i t Mean for Best Buy (July, 2018)? First take – this links together multiple Best Buy initiatives, starting in 2011. Look at the history of Best Buy. First a dabble with the now departed Wellcore in 2011 – clearly the time was not right – the oldest baby boomer turned 72 in 2018, but at 65 in 2010, consumers could not comprehend the utility of a wearable fall detector.


The New Financial Toxicity in Health Care: The Cost of Hospitalization

Health Populi

The data points come from one-half million people who were hospitalized in California between 2002 and 2011 and tracked in credit reports which included information on whether and when the patients filed for bankruptcy.

Controlling Prison Healthcare Costs with Telemedicine


billion spent on corrections in 2011 went toward inmate healthcare. When you think of a typical telemedicine visit, you might picture a patient in a rural town communicating with a big-city specialist, or a primary care provider triaging with an emergency room department.

How Authoritarian Governments Could Misuse Digital Health Innovations

Healthcare Guys

Back in 2011, news outlets around the world hailed how Facebook, Twitter, and the Internet promoted democratic uprisings in authoritarian regimes around the Middle East. We strongly believe that only digital health can bring healthcare into the 21st century and make patients the point-of-care.

Record Numbers of Phishing Attacks Are Succeeding. Stop Being Such Tasty Bait.

Phoenix Health Systems

In fact, according to one 2018 study , mobile device phishing attacks had increased 85 percent, year-over-year, since 2011, primarily because of the increasing amount of data collected by every site and app visited on these devices. Phishing attacks, at an all-time high in 2018, continue to pelt healthcare organizations, gaining access to invaluable patient data and personal information of staff members.


Leveraging IT for better health outcomes recent developments in Singapore

Healthcare Guys

While EMR systems contain detailed information of a patient in their respective institutions, NEHR collects key subsets of health information from these multiple healthcare encounters.NEHR went live in 2011, with the successful uploading of healthcare information from public hospitals in the same year. The IT journey in clinical systems in Singapore dates back to the 1980s and by the early 2000s, two distinct electronic medical record (EMR) systems emerged from the two integrated clusters.

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