TeleHealth News


November 9, 2017




                   N.M. Telehealth Alliance Salutes Our Veterans 


the dark picture many paint of our time, the humanity and compassion of people always surfaces in times of need and disasters. Resiliency, audacity, courage and bravery set apart the can-doers from others. Its interesting how music always becomes a major healer in such events. When hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf region, returning colleagues from the area told of the musicians gathering in the evening hours and jamming in the dark and flooded streets. People would assemble and dance, chasing their fears away.
I was visiting colleagues on a reservation awhile back when a big and deadly sandstorm rolled through. Afterward I witnessed the people caring for the wounded and burying the deceased. To my amazement, after grief, cries, and prayer, they took out their drums and instruments and started playing. Teary eyed men and women sang and danced well into the night. I don't remember why but I started walking away from the site and into the desert. The further I went, the more the music changed. It seemed to wrap itself around the dunes and roll down the hills, soothing the very sand and air that a few hours earlier was wrecking havoc on the desert.
After an earthquake in Central America, all the news was of devastation and death. While reporting from a hospital packed with hurting injured, I noticed a couple behind the reporter, playing their guitar - comforting the wounded.
And after the recent hurricane, an old friend called from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico to report that she and her family were OK. She further spoke of how every night the dark streets of the city come alive with music, dance and singing. Similar stories of endurance and compassion are everywhere. Music provides healing powers to our soul and spirit as physical medicine does our bodies.
In many parts of the world lacking amenities of the modern time, communities pull together and deal with the damaged lives and homes without outside help. Many smaller isolated towns or islands don't ever receive help from any government, nor do they even expect it. Our dependence on technological advances though, have handicapped us. Today lack of electricity, functioning plumbing, access to medical clinics, etc. delays recovery efforts in this twenty first century world.
Luckily, our profession has established many ways to respond to medical needs of affected areas. We may not be able to do much about electricity and plumbing but we have made great strides in providing healthcare. Today, Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education help us reach people in these areas, even if they don't have normal communication channels available to them. Fortunately telehealth organizations are moving further to the forefront of this technology. That gives us hope and adds to our resiliency and survivability.
We strive to reach those who need us as quickly as possible. In the meantime we can depend on our musician colleagues to calm the situation while we do our work - THANK YOU! [R.G.]


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15 Bills To Support Veterans Pass House

Inability to share information across systems
remains major EHR failure

Medical Economics

An Emergency in Slow Motion - Diabetes 2045
The Atlantic

50-State Survey of Telemental/Telebehavioral Health
(2017 Appendix)


New Website Linking People with Vaccine Providers

Eating Spicy Foods Linked to Lower
Salt Consumption, BP
Consultant 360

What the 21st century demands’: designing
homes to improve patients’ health


2017 Hidradenitis Suppurativa 
4-Part Video Roundtable


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Of Interest:

Yesterday, Nov 8 was the birthday of novelist Kazuo Ishiguro (1954), born in Japan but moved to England at the age of five (1960). He is best known for novels like Remains of the Day (1989) which won the Booker Prize.
He says, “I tried to be a songwriter, but the door never opened.” He decided to write a 30-minute radio play called Potatoes and Lovers, about two young people working in a fish-and-chips joint. They are both cross-eyed, and they fall in love. It was an odd plot, but he used it to apply to graduate school in creative writing, and he got in. His first novel, A Pale View of the Hills (1982), was published to international acclaim.
Ishiguro’s novels include An Artist of the Floating World (1986), The Buried Giant (2015), and The Unconsoled (1995), a 500-page book narrated by a pianist, now considered a classic.
Ishiguro was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature this year.
Nov. 6, 1854 was the birthday of John Philip Sousa , born in Washington, D.C. By the time he was 13 years old, Sousa could play violin, piano, flute, cornet, baritone, and trombone.
He's best known for “The Stars and Stripes Forever” — which Congress made the official march of the United States.


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