TeleHealth News


June 1, 2017




Our first job out of the medical school is the one we will never forget. Those of us lucky enough will land a job in a busy clinic, hospital or private practice where other experienced practitioners and providers are at hand to help, guide and mentor us. Others may find themselves in situations where such resources are limited or non-existent.
   But no matter the situation, we are all learning on the job (OJT) and the most important thing will be good communication, when needed. Successful communication occurs when others contribute meaningfully to your decision. It does not occur when you assume a despotic posture. Even if the consultation is inadequate, it may shine a light on alternative possibilities of diagnosing, deciding and treating.
   As years go by, one realizes the value of knowledge. Looking back, those who were the best mentors, teachers, and counselors had the most experience. For even the best schools cannot substitute for it. Sometimes even a small familiarity can save the day. Once while working at an urgent-care, my shift started late in the morning. I arrived at work and noticed the waiting room to be full. As I walked to the back, I saw that all four of my colleagues working that day had their heads buried in different medical books searching for something. Approaching the nurses station, I saw a large canning jar with something in it on the counter. I picked it up and with astonishment called out: "Ascaris? Where did this come from?"
   Four heads rose from the books and turned to me. One asked; "Is that what that is?"
   "Yes" I answered "where did it come from?"
   He pointed to a young man in an exam room. He was from Central America here visiting family when he got sick and started passing the parasites in his stool. Mystery solved and everyone went back to work. In my times of working in the Caribbean and Middle East, I had seen and treated many infested by the vermin. It wasn't that I was smarter than the others, I just had a bit of diversity in my experience.
   Fortunately for us, today Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education make consultation with knowledgeable people so much easier and available, even across continents. They open avenues of communication not possible even a short time ago. In our May 11th issue of this newsletter, there was a link to an article; Virtual Veterinary Training that was established by Tufts University Veterinary School. It connected with veterinarians in Africa, allowing Tufts students to experience caring for large African animals. That link received some attention, not because of our readers' interest in veterinary medicine, but rather due to a knowledge it provided for Tufts' students that they would have otherwise not be able to get.
   Today, more than ever, our world needs healthcare providers. Economics, natural disasters, famine, wars, political changes, all have placed average communities and people in dire situations where their health has been affected and getting care more difficult.
But technology of Telemedicine, and Tele-education can close the gap.
Whether novice or experienced, we can all use some help at times. Telehealth gives us the means of getting and giving that help. [ R. G. ]


In the News:

Webinar: Department of Defense and Other Non-NIH Federal 
Funding Opportunities at Academic Health Centers  
, June 12, 2017
Webinar: Physician Opioid Prescribing, June 13, 2017  

Emerging from EHR Purgatory — Moving from Process to Outcomes  

JAMA Study Finds Lower Mortality Rates at U.S. Teaching Hospitals  

 Fluid glass in windows which could provide energy  
Vitamin D trial results breakthrough   
EC Research & Innovation

ATA ePoster and Student Paper Award Recipients 

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Of Interest:

    Many Nobel laureates were born in May, including;
    American pharmacologist Louis Ignarro born on May 31, 1941. In 1998, he shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine for demonstrating the signaling properties of nitric oxide.
  American biochemist Julius Axelrod born on May 30, 1912, shared the 1970 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work on neurotransmitters for dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine.
    On May 23, 1925 American molecular biologist John Bardeen was born. He is known for his work in microbial genetics, artificial intelligence, and the United States space program. He won the 1958 Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering that bacteria can mate and exchange genes.
    German chemist and zymologist Eduard Buchner was born on May 20, 1860. He was awarded the 1907 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on fermentation.
    May 19, 1914 was the birthday of Austrian molecular biologist Max Perutz. He shared the Nobel Prize in 1962 for his work on the structures of hemoglobin and myoglobin.
    British doctor Sir Ronald Ross was born on May 13, 1857. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the malaria parasite in the gastrointestinal tract of mosquitoes.
    And on May 8, 1902, French microbiologist André Michel Lwoff was born. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1965 for the discovery of the mechanism that some viruses use to infect bacteria.


How can TeleHealth help your Practice:

There are hundreds of refugee camps
around the world. Even right here
in our rich country, many homeless
people live in make shift camps.
They all need medical care. Consider
expanding your practice to these
camps and other needy parts of
our country and the world
through TeleHealth.

Ask us how.

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


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American Telemedicine Association
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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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