TeleHealth News


September 14, 2017




    The annual meeting of the project Echo is in progress right now in Albuquerque, NM. The four day event proceeds through Saturday Sept.16th. Hundreds of participants from around the world are in Albuquerque for the MetaECHO conference. Key sessions of the conference are available via Zoom.
     Project Echo is one of the most successful Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education programs in existence. In a short few years it has reached many around the globe with more healthcare providers joining it daily. It is a resourceful stage where healthcare providers and educators from around the world gather and share their experiences, ideas, philosophy and wisdom. Listening to their stories of successes and failures is what adds to and enriches the knowledge of medicine for all of us. Such programs help many in situations where help is hard to get. And assistance comes from places not even thinkable a few short years ago. This is especially true after the very recent disasters we have had in our own country and neighborhood (and it is not over yet.) Today as many volunteers head toward ruined areas of the Caribbean, Mexico, Texas, and Florida, they take with them the security and knowledge that their colleagues back home are available at the push of a few buttons. It is calamities such as these that demonstrate that storms, earthquakes, and wild-fires do not chose whom or what they damage and hurt. Often it is the rural areas that are hit the worst. Though cities and population centers receive the most coverage by the media, rural communities may actually be more affected - an example of this was reported on CBS News. Today's technology allows us to get backup knowledge to those on the frontlines and help the people in these areas faster. But only if we fully implement it.
     To a great extend, programs such as Project Echo are directly responsible in making this availability possible. These programs further prove and help organizations such as the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and the Federation of State Medical Boards demonstrate the viability of license portability and recognition of the need for it in this global healthcare arena. We salute Doctor Sanjeev Arora's achievement in the way this program has made an impact worldwide. Project Echo's vision to "REACH A BILLION PEOPLE BY 2025!" is well on its way. The beauty of the program is that it touches a billion people individually. We hope and pray that more than a billion is reached by his venture and others learn and use the idea to truly make Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education the key to healthcare for everyone on our planet. [ R. G. ]


In the News:

META ECHO Conference Sept 13 - 16
Albuquerque, NM

ATA Disaster Relief Center for Hurricane Victims

Telemedicine & Telehealth
Service Provider Showcase (SPS)
Oct. 2-3, 2017 Phoenix, AZ


Hurricane Harvey Response 
Visiting Physician Temporary Permit

Texas Medical Board

telemedicine for dentists

5th Annual
Telemedicine Congress for Hospitals

Oklahoma Medical Board simplifies 
the application process for PAs 
seeking licensure in multiple states.


'Big Chicken': The Medical Mystery That 
Traced Back To Slaughterhouse Workers


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Of Interest:

Healthcare professionals wanting to volunteer to help out in the recent disaster areas should know that there are several waiver options for them to get licensed during declared emergencies.  To get more information check out the following:

In Texas Contact Texas Medical Board
In Florida email

CMS 1135 Waivers
Licensure issues in the event of a disaster
Legal aspects in disaster nursing
The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (MSEHPA)
Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act (UEVHPA)


How can TeleHealth help your Practice:

Consider expanding your practice
to the disaster areas of our country
through TeleHealth.

Ask us how.

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


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 Useful links:

    American Telemedicine Association
Assoc. of Clinicians for the Underserved
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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