​N.M. TeleHealth Alliance Newsletter - March 22, 2018 [Happy New Year]


TeleHealth News


March 22, 2018




Reza Ghadimi

Happy New Year

Last Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at precisely 10:15 a.m. MDT, the sun crossed directly over the earth’s equator making the day and night equal. This moment is known as the vernal (spring) equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, and autumnal equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. Celebrated by many cultures as new year for thousands of years. It is not a religious celebration, rather it is a natural and cultural one of nature's annual beginning.
In the zodiac, the astrological year begins as we enter the sign of Aries, which is around March 21st. Nurooz, which means new day, is still celebrated in Iran, Turkey, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Zoroastrians were one of the early cultures who started their year thus, it is a time of purification and setting one’s intention for a new start. Even the western world celebrated spring as the new year till Julius Caesar changed it to Jan in 45 BC.
The Mayan Culture also celebrated the Spring Equinox for hundreds of years before the Spanish arrived. The pyramid at Chichen Itza on the Yucatan Peninsula puts on quite a show on the occasion. Built around1,000 years ago, the pyramid is designed to cast a shadow on the equinox outlining the body of Kukulkan, a feathered snake god. A serpent-head statue is located at the bottom of the pyramid, and as the sun sets on the day of the equinox, the sunlight and shadow show the body of the serpent joining with the head. Best seen in this video.
It is amazing how the news of fresh beginnings always cheers people up. Even people with chronic or debilitating problems hide their troubles under a smile. Sadly the political atmosphere of our world has not improved much in the last year and is in dire need of attention. Much has been said and little being done to remedy it. Still as healthcare providers, we can embrace the goodness many see on these occasional times and build upon it to give our patients the hope they need to carry on. Fortunately for us the technology at our disposal helps us deal with the grave needs of many seeking our help. Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education can help us keep conditions under control. Telecommunication can bring the needy and provider together without jeopardizing the resources of either. Organizations such as ATA can be a catalyst in addressing some of these issues. With telehealth, telemedicine, and tele-education, we can provide a great deal of assistance. So as we celebrate this new season and new year, lets keep our focus on the fact that seasons change and we can be hopeful that even after stormy days, calm and peaceful ones give us time to re-grow and rebuild and that is worth celebrating.


In the News:

Special discount To The American Telemedicine 
Association (ATA) Annual Conference, ATA18, 
Chicago April 29 - May 1.

Debating The Pros And Cons of Licensure 
Compacts for Telehealth
mHealth Intelligence 
Strengthening Rural Health Care for Older Adults
Next Avenue
Telehealth Billing Compliance: 
Medicare Says Goodbye to the GT Modifier
Healthcare Law Today
Peacebuilding in conflict zones demands 
people-centric approach
Deadly Lassa-fever outbreak tests 
Nigeria's health agency
Europe's New Privacy Law Will Change the Web   
Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine 
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Of Interest:

Our ancestors' understanding of the seasons

Spring Equinox at Chaco Canyon, NM
Fajada Butte, Sun Dagger

 Zoroastrians and Spring Equinox


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