TeleHealth News


May 4, 2017




    A friend says; "whenever we return from these annual meetings, we feel hyped up with enthusiasm, fervor and excitement. Not so much from all the lectures we listen to or new products flashed in our faces, but rather from all the interest and passion we see in others. The way they see Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education used in their community, practice and communication."
    I feel that medicine is seeing a brand new way of treating patients. Practitioners and administrators are finding avenues to tackle and address age old problems of bringing care to their facilities with new and affordable tools.
    Where this excitement is seen the most is in the eyes of those from the rural communities, developing countries and torn up neighborhoods - whether from natural or human caused disasters. For the first time in a long time, we find actual possibilities in affordable patient care. I feel that not since the discovery of penicillin has there been such optimistic outlook in the way we care for each other, educate each other and learn. At a meeting not long ago, a doctor from a small island told me; "I am not afraid to ask questions any more." What a wonderful feat!
    Still there are skeptics and deniers - though their numbers are declining. It is therefore up to each of us to provide accurate, truthful and honest information to the interested and inquiring public. We still do have a long ways to go to make available this technology to everyone who needs it. And we have even more challenges to convince many medical centers and academic institutions to see that Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education will benefit them and not be a detriment.

    We just learned that Nebraska has become the 19th state to enact the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and once the Washington governor signs their bill, we will have 20!!
    Thank you "The Good Life State - Nebraska" and "The Evergreen State - Washington".
    On the same topic, an e-mail from an old friend; Kirsten Thomsen, last weekend indicated that Maine is also discussing telemedicine and hopefully adopt the Compact.
Thank you Kirsten. [ R. G. ]


In the News:

From Last Week's ATA Annual Meeting:

ATA 2017: Telehealth 2.0 - Day 1 Highlights
ATA 2017: Telehealth 2.0 - Day 2 Highlights

Key takeaways on the state of telemedicine  
Tele-dentistry reaches the tipping point with CDT 2018 codes  
Survey: One-third of healthcare providers using remote patient monitoring, virtual care

Con Alma's 2017 Grant Cycles Are Open
Watch the Webinar

Rural Telehealth Growth Dramatic but Uneven  
Reluctant Patients, Hispanic Men Pose A Costly Challenge To The Health System  
Health Leaders Media

Exodus By Puerto Rican Medical Students Deepens Island’s Doctor Drain  
Kaiser Heath News

Conflict of Interest and the Integrity of the Medical Profession  

When the Worst Happens, Teaching Hospitals Are Ready  

May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Next week we will discuss telemedicine in mental health 

For more relevant news checkout our website.


Of Interest:

    In 1892 Surgeon General de Mooy of the Netherlands designed the first ambulance corps for the Dutch military, including dirigibles, horse-drawn carts, and hot air balloons.
    By the end of the world war II, 1.2 million sick and injured personnel were evacuated by aircraft in the US alone.
    Transporting a patient to a medical facility represents the most important stage of treatment, significantly increasing survival rates. Thus the most important modern development of military medical equipment was the helicopter, to take advantage of that golden hour for survival.
     Today Telehealth and telemedicine can expedite patient treatment even more without transporting them.


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Useful links:

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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