TeleHealth News


August 10, 2017




    The news media tells us that another attempt at revamping the healthcare system failed. But why? The argument is that the ACA is not affordable at all. That it costs too much, etc… But the anecdotal solutions seem to only add to the problem rather than solve it. For as long as the primary focus of medicine is on profits, true healthcare will take a back seat. This however is the reality of things and it is doubtful that the primary focus will be averted from profits. Attention therefore is centered on reducing cost. The problem arises when this is done in the form of cutting services to the patient. But there are other ways to cut cost if we only step back and look at the big picture. For example why does a college degree cost so much and who benefits from skyrocketing tuition and fees? Why do patients have to travel to distant hospitals for good care? Why do drugs cost so much? Why don't we have better insurance regulations? Why....?
     The problem as we see it is the lack of addressing systemic problems. And when things get really bad, the head of an agency or department resigns or is fired. But if systemic problems could be resolved by replacing one or two people, they wouldn’t be considered systemic.
    For years now, while the healthcare industry struggles to find ways in dealing with these issues, Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education have been moving forward with resolutions and decrees to help reduce the cost of healthcare. We have shown and proved that adaptation of telemedicine benefits regulatory agencies, government departments, hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, and above all; patients. Fortunately, more and more states and organizations are joining our efforts, but we still have a long ways to go. Every day new legislation is passed at national as well as local levels to help embrace this technology. Perhaps the naysayers need to stop objecting and join others in incorporating Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education into our healthcare system, thus reducing the cost of providing care. Maybe then the system as a whole could find a way to be affordable and profitable. [ R. G. ]


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How a Mushroom Could Solve the Honeybee Crisis  
Should Fighting Antibiotic Resistance Always 
Include Finishing a Prescribed Medication?
Scientific American

How engineers and doctors are reinventing healthcare  
EU Research & Innovation

2017-18 Best Hospitals Honor Roll and Overview 
US News

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Of Interest:

    Aug 8, was the birthday of physicist and Nobel Prize laureate Ernest O. Lawrence, born in Canton, South Dakota (1901). He was a curious child. As a boy, he built a glider and constructed a crude radio transmitter.
    Lawrence worked his way through college - he received an undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota and graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota and Yale. He accepted a position at the University of California, Berkeley, and in 1930 he became the youngest full professor there. He worked at the Berkeley Radiation Lab and it was there that he invented the cyclotron. A machine that could accelerate particles and then hurl them at atoms to smash them open. This allowed scientists to discover radioactive isotopes of elements and sometimes new elements. In 1940, Lawrence won the Nobel Prize for his invention.
    Among his many awards were the Elliott Cresson Medal of the Franklin Institute, the Comstock Prize of the National Academy of Sciences, the Hughes Medal of the Royal Society, the Duddell Medal of the Royal Physical Society, the Faraday Medal, and the Enrico Fermi Award. He held honorary doctorates of thirteen American and one British University.


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