TeleHealth News


December 28, 2017




A look back at 2017

We covered many issues in the past year about the need for and use of telehealth, telemedicine and tele-education and how these tools can help with the plight of the under-served and the poor in our rural and urban areas here at home or internationally. Thanks to the efforts of many, our legislators, universities, healthcare providers, managed care organizations and the insurance companies have addressed many of these issues and new rules and processes have brought telehealth into the mainstream healthcare arena.
Some of our weekly notes and editorials attracted more attention than others. We thought that you may want to revisit some of them:
Our article on "A Milestone for Burrell College of Osteopathy" (May 25), received the most attention. In part due to the interest of the students and faculty of the college. But many others were equally excited about the success of the state's second medical school.
The article "Don't regulate us out" (June 29) received the highest rate of readers, followed by "The late great Senator Pete Domenici" (Sept 21) and "Night of the Witches" (Oct 26). News of the " Interstate Telehealth SIG" (Aug 17), was most welcomed and finally the article "apoplexy" (Apr. 20) also made the list of most read.
It is clear that we are reaching many of our readers and actions taken by telehealth organizations such as; "NM Telehealth Alliance", "American Telemedicine Association (ATA)", "UNM's Project Echo" and others are having positive, constructive, productive and beneficial results.
The coming new year with the many regulatory changes going into effect will bring us challenges that need addressing and concerns to keep in perspective and attend to. The new administrations changes to the healthcare provisions will no doubt affect many of our patients. As healthcare providers, we should be a helpful portal to their needs and not add to their confusion and uncertainty.
New Mexico Telehealth Alliance wishes you, your family and your organizations a very happy and resourceful new year.



In the News:

Telemedicine 'the answer' for substance abuse services in SD
The Daily Republic

Latest MACRA, doctor fee rules could bring boost to telehealth, wearables  

A healthcare provider's guide to promoting telehealth for seniors  
Fierce Healthcare

Interstellar message of ‘Oumuamua  
Scientific American

Extreme weather explicitly blamed on humans for the first time  

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Of Interest:


Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light.

Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal ~ as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself ~ as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness ~ as dry fields weep with rain.

- A Ute Prayer


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Useful links:

American Telemedicine Association
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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
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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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