TeleHealth News


January 4, 2018




Something New

coat didn't fit him well but it was warm. The evening chill was exaggerated by the brutal wind coming off the lake. Snow, blowing sideways seemed to go right through all the layers of clothing. January in Chicago can be brutal. Which makes one ask; why would anyone build a city here?
I was on leave from my military station in San Antonio, Texas. A friend - from Chicago - had ask me to accompany him home for the holidays and to meet his family. It was my first trip to the windy city and despite the warm reception, the beautiful holiday decorations and the food - oh boy, the food, after eating breakfast, lunch and dinner at the military mess hall for months, the home cooked meals were most appreciated - I still looked forward to returning to the warmth of Southern Texas.
New years are for new things, experiences and hopes. It was my first year in the service and I wanted to see as much of America and the world as possible. So I could not say no to an invitation to Chicago. Driving through a lot of Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois gave me an appreciation of our country's size. Along the way, the many people, representing many cultures, were too, an eye opening experience. Maybe it was the holiday season but our encounters were warm, welcoming and friendly. It felt good to be welcomed. In Missouri, the chill hit me hard. I had not come prepared for that kind of cold. A sign on the highway informed us of a military base close by, so I decided to make a detour and visit the Post Exchange and pickup an overcoat. It was well used in Chicago.
Over the years of work and travel around the world, I have come to realize one thing about America that no one else can claim. No one can ever say that Americans all look alike! The diversity of our people is second to none and the power it gives us is unmatched. Although there are some who find our mixture threatening, I find it strengthening. For, what is beneath the skin of our bodies are souls with great ideologies, cultures, wisdom, intelligence and customs that profoundly congeal our strength as a nation.
My profession as a healthcare provider has been another key ingredient of my interaction with many people. It not only provided me with an adequate living but showed me the beauty of mankind, its humanity, civility, passion and yes, occasional brutality. No other profession can bring people intimately close so quickly. There is much wisdom to be gained from these encounters. None more enlightening than how universally everyone wants to stay healthy.
This overwhelming desire of people helps keep us in business, yet it should not be taken for granted nor abused. This same need has helped the industry of healthcare to flourish. Today more money is spent in healthcare than most other businesses. Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education further broaden our scope of practice but it should not isolate us from our patients. Rather it should help us get closer to more people and humanity. Still nothing compensates a human touch nor is more rewarding. Years later it is very likely that a tele-encounter will be forgotten but not a face to face act of kindness. Like the over size coat I picked up in Missouri and gave to a man in Chicago whom I found inadequately dressed - fifty years ago.
It is a new millennia, century and year. Lets wish for something new and encourage ourselves to be more humane and benevolent so the future writers remember us so. Happy New Year!!


In the News:

On the road with the Health Wagon  
CBS News
Is Project ECHO the Telemedicine Model
That Healthcare Is Missing?
mHealth Intelligence
Key Benefits of Telehealth Services Healthcare’s 
interoperability diagnosis: Is there a cure?
ATA & SearchHealthIT
For Doctors Without Borders, Telemedicine 
Brings Specialized Care to the Front Lines
Healthcare Informatics
The Impact of Telemedicine on Pharmacists and 
Implications for Controlled Substances
Pharmacy Times
Walgreens partners with New York-Presbyterian 
to offer in-store telemedicine
Healthcare IT News
40 Years Later, Some Survivors of the First Ebola 
Outbreak Are Still Immune
The Atlantic
EHR scribes cut physician documentation time in half  
For more information checkout our website.


Of Interest:

I met a traveler from an antique land,
Who said-"Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away."

Percy Bysshe Shelley
11 January 1818


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