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New Client Self-Registration is Now Available

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Clocktree is making it easier for your practice to register new telehealth clients! A prospective client can visit your Clocktree practice profile, click “Contact Us” and send you a new client request without first receiving an invitation.

Could Telehealth Services Help Stop the Opioid Crisis?

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The opioid crisis in America is hurting communities all around the country. Many people in need of treatment for opioid addiction live in rural areas without dedicated treatment centers. This lack of access in rural areas means the residents are not receiving treatment.

Update your Clocktree profile

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We have made some recent design changes to Clocktree profiles, making them more visible to your clients. Please take a moment to make sure your information is up to date and complete.

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Telehealth Platforms Are Moving Telepsychiatry Forward

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Telepsychiatry has started forming its own healthcare niche. In 1995, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) release d a paper in support of telepsychiatry, explaining how it can overcome geographical limitations, provide greater access to care, and cut out travel time.

2017 A Ground Breaking Year for Telehealth

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2017 was a ground breaking year for the world of telehealth. More than 60% of all healthcare institutions in the US have implemented telehealth technology into their care systems. Access to online care has never been better.

Telemedicine Technology is Helping Florida Residents Affected by Hurricane Irma

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During a time of such chaos and destruction in Florida, it has been extremely hard to provide healthcare access to those in need. Within the last three days Florida Hospital has incorporated telehealth technology into their system of care.

Telemedicine Is Gaining Popularity In Schools

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Today there is a rising number of children in the US affected by asthma and diabetes. School nurses are treating a wider range of issues than ever before. Even though this increase is known, only 40% of elementary schools in the US have a full time nurse on staff.

No-Cost Talk Therapy & Telehealth Technology Are Put to Use in England, to Provide Greater Access to Mental Health Services

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England has become the first country to offer no-cost talk therapy to their people. No-cost phone talk therapy is funded by the National Health Service and is a hotline available for unlimited phone therapy sessions.

Florida Senate Approves Statewide Telehealth Bill

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Last Wednesday in Tallahassee, Florida, a senate committee unanimously approved a bill on telehealth , focused on permitting doctors and healthcare providers using telehealth technology to provide healthcare directly to patients. Florida Senators Aaron Bean and Fernandina Beach worked tirelessly on five drafts of the bill, and in its success, it has earned the joke “fifth time’s the charm!”

Telemedicine Technology Is Being Used to Educate Doctors Around The World

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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).

Telehealth Usage and Coverage Continues to Increase Throughout the US

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Telehealth coverage and usage is continuing to make strides forward. The US Department of Health and Human Services estimates that currently 60% of all healthcare institutions and about 45% of all hospitals are using telehealth in one way or another.

Telehealth is Helping Patients Receive Care Faster

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Today on average a patient waits 29 days to meet with a doctor. The USA as a whole is expected to be short 90,000 physicians by 2025, meaning the wait to see a physician should continue to lengthen.

Consumers Are Looking For Greater Telehealth Access

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Consumers continue to wish for more virtual care options, creating better overall access to healthcare. According to a 2018 survey conducted by Ernst and Young, more than 50% of 2500 consumers are already using the telemedicine technology available to them through their healthcare providers. However most of these patients do not have access to all the telehealth options they are hoping for.

The Best Way To Keep Your Patients Data Private

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With all the recent headlines of data and privacy breaches, it is more relevant than ever to use secure platforms when conducting business in the healthcare sector. This is especially important when you are storing private patient information, particularly while communicating through any media platform. Data is said to be the new oil, since it fuels technological and overall company development. Therefore it is getting harder than ever to protect your private information.

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Clocktree Telehealth Platform Popup Notification Update

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You can now receive important Clocktree account notifications via popups! These popup notifications are small messages that appear in a corner of your device’s screen, whether you are logged into Clocktree or not. They will alert you to upcoming appointments or new secure messages. Since the popup notifications are securely sent, they can include sensitive information like the client’s name and profile picture, a feature that is not possible for email and text messaging.

Scheduled Appointment vs Call Now

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Clocktree gives you two options for connecting with clients via secure video. . . You can schedule an appointmen t in Clocktree. Your client will receive an email or text notification, then reminders leading up to the appointment. At appointment time, both you and your client log into your Clocktree accounts. Neither of you have to do anything to initiate the call. The Clocktree system will prompt both of you to join the call. . .

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The Surprising Power of Telephysiotherapy

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The number of telehealth users will hit seven million sometime this year. With advancements in telecommunication technology and rising interest among millennials (who place a high value on convenience), that number is expected to grow in the coming years. Still, many people associate telehealth’s uses with mild illnesses like a cold or sore throat. Expect that perception to change soon. Telehealth practices can be implemented across almost every field of medicine.

More funding for rural telehealth programs is on its way

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The FCC passed a funding increase to the Universal Service Fund’s Rural Healthcare Program, earmarking funds to improve broadband availability in rural areas. This will allow healthcare providers to offer telehealth programs that rely on strong internet to connect to remote patients and enable practitioners to collaborate and consult with specialists outside of their area. Dependable broadband is a must so medical information like imaging, X-rays and more can be shared by providers,” Sen.

Major telehealth milestone for VA patients

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The Business of Federal Technology reports on the June 11 launch date for a telehealth policy change referred to as “anywhere-to-anywhere,” which allows qualified practitioners to log in to Department of Veterans Affairs telehealth system and treat patients regardless of state licensing rules. Previously, a provider had to be licensed in the state where the patient resides. This lifts that requirement, vastly expanding the reach that a healthcare provider has to serve VA patients.

How Doctors are Using Telemedicine to Help Allergy Sufferers

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CBS This Morning aired a segment today spotlighting the emerging use of video appointments in place of in-office visits to identify and treat allergies. While telemedicine won’t replace all in-office visits, this is yet another example of a service that healthcare providers can administer through video just as effectively as they can in person — and with the added convenience benefits.

CMS Announces Rural Health Strategy

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the agency’s first Rural Health Strategy this week, to help improve access to high quality, affordable healthcare in underserved rural communities. One of the key components of the strategy is to advance telehealth and telemedicine. “Telehealth has been proven to be a successful tool to improve access to care and help meet the needs of rural areas that lack sufficient health care services.

Small or Solo Practices considering telehealth

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We liked this article on mHealth Intelligence that offers advice for small and solo practices who are considering offering telehealth services. The article lists six high level assessments when making a decision: Is it supportable across all devices? Will the quality of service be equal to or better than in-person care? Will remote patient monitoring be included? Is “webside manner” properly addressed? Is this as easy as possible for patients to use? Are all security and HIPAA concerns addressed?

Can I use Clocktree on my mobile phone?

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You can have Clocktree video appointments on your mobile device. Instead of downloading an app, use your browser to log into your Clocktree account. We recommend using a laptop or desktop computer if possible, which tend to have stronger internet signals and more processing power to get a better video connection. However if that’s not possible, then a mobile device will work too. For iPhone and iPad, please use Safari browser to go to Clocktree.com and log in.

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Industry Voices—Sizing up 4 opportunities for digital transformation in healthcare

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According to ISACA’s recently released 2018 Digital Transformation Barometer, some of the most hyped technology also is perceived to hold the highest risk and the highest potential benefit.

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Will robots replace doctors?

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Among the many recurring topics, this year has been the impact of machine learning in our lives, especially the implications for our future work life.

Looking across international borders for digital health tools

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Panelists at the Connected Health Conference in Boston spoke about the importance of digital health alliances and learning from countries sometimes ignored in the space.

Managing Digital Health Regulatory Uncertainty

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Uncertainty abounds when managing digital health regulatory uncertainty regarding the FDA and other international regulatory bodies.

The Smartphone Is the Consumer’s Personal Health Platform – Implications from Deloitte’s 2018 Survey

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American consumers are now viewing their phones an average of 52 times daily, with 39 percent of consumers believing they use their smartphones too much. In fact, 60 percent of 18 to 34-year-olds admit to smartphone overuse, the highest level of any age group.

Broadband As Social Determinant of Health – Microsoft’s Plan to Bolster Rural Access

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In the U.S., the highest levels of unemployment are in places that often have the lowest access to broadband connectivity.

Physicians Don’t Talk Enough with Patients About Non-Medical Needs

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Most patients wish their doctors would have a conversation with them about non-medical issues. The Doctor-Patient Conversation , a survey conducted for the Samueli Foundation by the Harris Poll, examined how patients feel about their health, healthcare, and relationships with physicians.

Slow thinking and machine learning in medicine

KevinMD

Recently, several high-profile institutions have called attention to the issue of inclusion and equity when artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms are applied in medicine.

I Want a New Drug, Part 2 –Digital Therapeutics on the Rise

Digital Health

In the last month I have spoken at an event about digital therapeutics and been invited to speak at 5 more unrelated events on the same topic (note: I am not doing them all).

More People Using Meditation and Yoga as Medicine, Especially Women

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While overall adoption of meditation and yoga in the U.S. substantially grew between 2012 and 2017, many more women than men use these holistic medicine approaches. In 2017, 14.3% of American adults 18 and over did yoga, 14.2% meditated, and 10.3% saw a chiropractor.

Is your smartphone leading to burnout?

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Burnout and dealing with its symptoms has become a hot topic in the last decade. It’s a problem that has multiple contributing factors. Some of those factors are thrust upon us and are beyond our control, such as government regulations.

Millennials want convenient care

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The Kaiser Health News article, " Spurred By Convenience, Millennials Often Spurn The ‘Family Doctor’ Model ," caught my eye.

Physicians sacrifice a lot to deliver care. Technology shouldn’t ask for more.

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I had a great case the other night. Around midnight on a Friday, the hospitalist physician called me to evaluate an incarcerated femoral hernia. I thought this elderly and medically ill patient would likely die no matter what I did.

The Ultimate Health Outcome, Mortality, Is Rising in America

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How long can people living in the U.S. expect to live? years of age, if you were born in 2017. That’s a decline of 0.1 year from 2016. This decline especially impacted baby boys: their life expectancy fell to 76.1 years, while baby girls’ life expectancy stayed even at 81.1 years.

Retail Health Ends 2018 With Big Plans for 2019

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As the CVS + Aetna merger crosses its last regulatory hurdle at the close of 2018, we enter 2019 facing a fast-growing and -morphing retail health landscape.

The Growing State of Diabetes in America on World Diabetes Day 2018

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Diabetes is a family issue, and its prevalence is growing in America. November 14, 2018, is World Diabetes Day , and the International Diabetes Federation reminds us that this condition impacts the whole household — not just the person diagnosed with diabetes. Why the family?

I didn’t become a physician to do data entry

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The trouble began when I needed to open the electronic health record (EHR) system for the tenth time that day. EHRs have significantly changed the way we practice medicine.

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Slow Food, Slow Medicine: What Italy Can Teach America About Health

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Obesity, diabesity, food deserts and food swamps co-exist across America, factors that cost the U.S. economy over $327 billion a year just in the costs of diagnosed diabetes.

JWT’s Future 100 Tells Us Tomorrow Is All About Health

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From culture to travel, food and drink to retail and beauty, health will be baked into consumer goods and experiences in 2019. Welcome to The Future 100: 2019 from The Innovation Group at JWT.

Americans End 2018 Worried About Healthcare Costs

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Nearly one-half of Americans are quite concerned they won’t have enough money to pay for medical care, according to the latest Gallup poll. Health insurance in-security is mainstream as of November 2018, when Gallup polled U.S. adults about views on healthcare costs.