TeleHealth News


August 17, 2017




    It is with great pleasure that we announce that the "Interstate Telehealth Discussion Group" (DG) is now the "Interstate Telehealth Special Interest Group" (SIG). As a SIG, we will have more access to ATA's resources.
     We feel that a bit of history is in order. This group started as the "Four Corner Telehealth Consortium" several years ago. The four corner states of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona were the original members. As our concerns and membership grew, other states joined us and we decided to ask ATA to consider making us a SIG. The response was that, we first had to become a Discussion Group (DG) to see if there was enough interest. In 2015 we held our first DG meeting. Over the next months, interest grew further. In 2016, we presented an application to ATA to become a SIG at the annual meeting in Minneapolis. The ATA regulation requires that at least thirty members sign the petition, we had well over a hundred. Still ATA wanted us to remain a DG for another year, which we did.
    At the ATA's annual meeting in Orlando this year, we resubmitted the application but did not secure an answer during the meeting. However, we were promised that they would work on it. A few days ago, we finally received word that ATA has approved us as their latest SIG. Amen.
    Now our real work begins. We truly feel that the "Interstate Telehealth SIG" will be one of the most important in the organization. Our monthly meetings reveal that there is considerable interest as many organizations and individuals contribute to it and volunteer opinions, recommendations and assistance.
     We invite everyone who is interested in interstate practice to join us. You can start by joining our monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of every month. The meetings are conducted via ZOOM and the contact information is always posted on the ATA HUB. See you there!
The Interstate Telehealth SIG is chaired by Kris Erps, Vanessa McLaughlin is Vice Chair, Dale Alverson is past Chair, and Reza Ghadimi; Secretary. [
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Of Interest:

     NASA's first communications satellite, Echo 1 was launched in August of 1960. Echo was a giant Mylar balloon with a reflective aluminum coating. It was 10 stories tall and weighed only 132 pounds. It was visible to the naked eye, and provided two-way communications capability.
    While radio astronomers Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson were calibrating Echo's antenna, they detected the first cosmic microwave background radiations. It won them the Nobel Prize.
    In 57 years since, we have conquered the space around our planet, sent several men to the moon and back, landed drones on asteroids, comets, Mars and sent others into deep space. Yet we still have problems bringing basic healthcare to the rural parts of our country. The same technology that has made space travel possible can help us deliver needed care to our rural doctors and hospitals. Lets put it to work for us.


How can TeleHealth help your Practice:

A neurologist colleague recently asked
me if telehealth cost jobs. But was
surprise to learn that not only does
it not cost anyone his/her job but can
actually enhance and increase jobs.
Learn the true value of Telehealth,
Telemedicine, and Tele-education
and consider expanding your
practice to the rural areas of our
state through TeleHealth.
Ask us how.

Many state laws, including NM,
require insurance companies to
pay for TeleHealth consultation.


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Useful links:

American Telemedicine Association
Assoc. of Clinicians for the Underserved
Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
Con Alma Health Foundation
Directory of State Medical Boards
Federation of State Medical Boards
Interstate Medical Licensure Compact
National Rural Health Association
New Mexico Broadband Program
New Mexico Department of Health
New Mexico First
NM Health Resources
NM legislature
Upcoming NM Legislative meetings
NM Medical Board
NM Rural Hospital Network
UNM Center for Telehealth
UNM Project ECHO
World Health Organization (WHO)


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