TeleHealth News


October 12, 2017




This week is the 46th annual Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM. The weather has been phenomenal and hundreds of balloons from around the world are putting on an unparalleled show. As I have indicated in my previous articles (10-6-16), I was involved in our annual balloon fiesta activities since the beginning when it launched from the parking lot of the local mall. Today of course the event owns its own field and museum. Hundreds of thousands of spectators from around the world are in town enjoying this spectacular event. The special shape balloons are particularly breathtaking. Many are so big they require their own time for launching as they take a large area and resources to get them aloft. A new one is in the shape of a racing motor cycle. It is as big as a multi story building. Here is a link to the time-lapse videos of this years many events. It will continue till next Sunday the 15th, so you can still make it out to some of the events and the weather is advertised to be perfect. Not every year have we been this lucky, enjoy it.
I have also been involved with Telehealth and Telemedicine since its early years as well. The 24th annual international ATA conference will be in Chicago next April 29 - May 1, 2018. Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education as well as ballooning have progressed considerably over the past few short years. Today people needing healthcare and advise can reach American institutions from every corner of the earth. Organizations such as ATA, UNM project ECHO, FSMB and others are working very hard to improve access to Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education for everyone.
These are the good news of the day and I wish the media would reflect on and concentrate on rather than all the negative and heart wrenching stories. In following the harrowing ordeal of all that has been happening in our country over the past few weeks, we must still realize how lucky we are to be living here. We have always faced challenges and have always come through by uniting and confronting them. I recall a song from 1950s by Bing Crosby called "Early American" in "You Can Change the World" that is worth listening to. If that is not enough, I recommend the book; "Did I ever tell you how Lucky You Are?" by the late Dr. Seuss. A book that I feel should be mandatory reading by all high school and college students. There are many who are working very hard to make our world a better place, lets join them! In our profession, use of Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education is a good place to start. [ R. G. ]


In the News:

The Second Annual Users’ Conference
Brainstorming Innovative Health Information Processes
Nov. 4, 2017

How Marshfield Clinic is increasing access through telehealth
A webinar on Wednesday, October 25th by 
Marshfield Clinic and American Well

Blog: The “Wisdom of the Crowd” Meets Telemedicine in DC  

Assessing the Safety of Electronic Health Records: What Have We Learned?  

 Over-the-counter mouthwash use and risk of pre-diabetes/diabetes  
Science Direct

Electrical experiments with plants that count and communicate  
TED Talk

Human Rights Council’s Social Forum 

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Of Interest:

Pope John XXIII convened the first session of the Second Vatican Council on Oct 11, 1962 . It was the first time Roman Catholic religious leaders had met to settle doctrinal issues in nearly a century. Pope John XXIII — who had assumed his duties only three months prior to calling for the council — believed that the church had become too insular for modern times. He often said it was time to "open the windows and let in some fresh air."
Thousands of church members traveled to Vatican City to attend the sessions. The common thread running through them was "reconciliation."
The Catholic Church would now allow Mass to be celebrated in languages other than Latin. Priests now faced the congregation, not the altar. They also set aside their ornate clerical regalia and dressed more simply. As Thomas Ryan, director of the Loyola Institute for Ministry, put it: "Not against, not above, not apart, but in the modern world. The church sought to engage, not condemn."
One of the most revolutionary aspects of Vatican II was the change in the church's attitude toward other religions. Previously, Catholics were forbidden from visiting any other houses of worship. Now they could attend the religious services of their non-Catholic friends and neighbors.
Some however mourned the loss of religious mystery. But the opening up of the Mass to different languages has led to a dramatic expansion of the Catholic Church in Africa and Asia.


How can TeleHealth help your Practice:

Many of our colleagues still cloak
themselves in medical mysteries.
In this internet day and age
however, isolating ourselves thus is
meaningless and counter productive.
Perhaps we too, should learn
from our Catholic friends and
place ourselves not against, not above,
not apart, but in tune with the
modern world. Consider expanding
your practice to the rural areas
of our state 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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