TeleHealth News


July 20, 2017




  In our last monthly meeting of the NM Telehealth Alliance we were delighted to receive Dr. Robert Sapiѐn, from the UNM Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine.
   It is heartwarming to see how telehealth is being used in the real world of patient care and the benefits everyone receives from it. Dr. Sapien introduced his UNM program. The program encourages community healthcare centers around New Mexico to signup and integrate with UNM Pediatric Department's "Regionalization of Pediatric Emergency Medicine", using telehealth.
   Programs such as this and the UNM Telehealth Stroke program or the one by UNM's Mind research Institute's work on "Advancing the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness and other brain disorders" reveal the benefits of Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education. These programs have served thousands of patients, saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in patient care by keeping patients in their local communities, providing state of the art care and reducing hardship on patients and their families.
   Those of us who have been at this for a while can tell stories of times when a misdiagnosis, or misunderstanding led to expensive trips and hardship for patients and right down embarrassment for the provider. A PA colleague tells a story of a patient she saw once at a resort clinic she was working at in Northern NM. A new provider in town was setting up office and trying to impress the small town populous. A visitor to the resort had developed a rather sever conjunctivitis and was seen by the PA. She started him on ophthalmic antibiotic and had him return the next day for follow-up. She was late getting to work the next day and the patient went to see the other provider, who became alarmed by the severity of the infection and being new to the area, figured that the nearest ophthalmologist must be in the nearest city, Santa Fe, 110 miles away. He patched the now alarmed patient's eye and instructed him to travel to Santa Fe for immediate care, less he might lose the eye.
  The out of town visitor had come with a group on a bus. He had to find an expensive ride to take him to Santa Fe. They passed two towns on the way - one 40 miles away and another 80 miles away with an ophthalmologist on their staff. In Santa Fe, the patient - being a walk-in, had to wait a long time to be seen. When he was finally seen by the doctor, was told that he indeed had a severe conjunctivitis and to continue with the given medication by the PA and follow-up with his family doctor on returning home. The understandably irate patient returned to the resort town late that night. The next day, … well you can imagine what happened next.
   A simple phone call could have lessened the trauma and had telehealth been available then, he could have saved the patient a trip all together.
  Today of-course we can deal with a lot worse problems like stroke, psychiatric crisis, and cardiac incidents than conjunctivitis by Telehealth and Telemedicine. Still we have to convince the skeptics that Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education are safe and very cost effective ways to treat many problems, even serious ones. We are grateful that the University of New Mexico along with many other medical centers around the country are vigorously pursuing the use of this technology and look forward to more use of it by others. [ R. G. ]


In the News:

 You are invited to share your practical experiences 
and research endeavors at ATA 2018.
Submission deadline - September 8  

NMSU professors expand project to map Zika 
mosquitoes across southern New Mexico

Microsoft’s New Broadband Strategy Includes a Nod to Telehealth  
mHealth Intelligence 

Three Tips for Earning Physicians’ Support for Telehealth  

NM Department of Health Reports Wound Botulism Case  

'Electric' bacteria can purify sewage water - fast  
EC Innovation & Rsearch

How butterflies self medicate  

Ravens Can Plan Ahead   
Scientific American

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Of Interest:

Many Animals Self-Medicate
Animals of all kinds, from ants and butterflies to sheep and monkeys, use medicine. Here are some examples:
Certain caterpillars will, when infected by parasitic flies, eat poisonous plants, killing or arresting the growth of the larvae within them. Caterpillars and baboons also medicate their children and other family members.
Parrots and many other animals consume clay to treat an upset stomach; clay binds to toxins, flushing them out of the body.
Capuchin monkeys use poisonous millipedes and citrus as insect repellent, while house sparrows and finches fight mites by taking cigarette butts into their nest.
It is thought that female howler monkeys sometimes seek out foods that change the acidity of their reproductive organs to promote a male offspring.
And we learn from them as well. A sick porcupine ate a toxic plant and this was observed by a local healer who learned about the medical properties. His tribe then began to use the herb for stomach ailments.


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World Health Organization (WHO)


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