TeleHealth News


September 28, 2017




    It is always heart breaking when disaster strikes a part of our nation or the world. But the recent string of calamities are definitely testing the limit of our ability to cope. Even a wealthy and powerful country such as ours feels the tremendous weight of such tragedies. More importantly though, are the far reaching effects of these events, for while everyone focuses on the center of destruction, damages to outlying infrastructures and businesses are often more long lasting and expensive and often affect places far from the disaster centers.
    The healthcare industry is perhaps more effected than others. Not only by having to provide care to the needy but often in ways not envisioned. Case in point is the interruption of drug manufacturing in Puerto Rico that could cause shortages in far away places. Or the destruction of medical school infrastructures in many Caribbean Islands housing them, disturbing their students' education. Or damage done to many rural hospitals and nursing homes around Houston, having to transfer their patients to places as far away as Dallas, San Antonio, and New Orleans.
     The unpredictable earthquakes in Mexico are another example. Beside all the damage that was done to many buildings, burying hundreds of people in their ruble, many small businesses were totally destroyed, forever stopping the livelihood of families.
    Despite all these horrendous tragedies, today, our technology of Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education provide us with plenty of tools to help our fellow human beings. Telehealth can help those on the frontlines, get help from the experts in different centers far away. Find vacancies for patients and make available, their medical records - no matter where they end up.
     Telemedicine can supervise the first responders to provide the best care possible. It can help transfer the production of drugs from damaged plants to other pharmaceutical manufacturing centers through transmission of the drug formula, 3D printing and other controls. Tele-education can continue teaching the medical students - wherever they are - while their school arranges for restructuring. Small businesses can receive government oversight and financial support while they plan their future.
     Organizations such as ATA, FSMB and NCSBN are at the forefront of this revolution in the medical field. We can help support their efforts by talking with our medical boards and legislators in states still resisting this important change.
    Maybe our world is facing more challenges but upon closer examination, we find that the solutions are also here. The United Nations General Assembly just ended in New York. Many leaders of the world presented the challenges they were facing. But there was one clear thing present, the hope that their problems could be resolved. No one had lost hope in resolving their problems but asked that the rest of us be aware of their needs and help them work it out. No one was planning for failure but was worried that the world was failing to plan properly. The world needs to channel resources toward the constructive efforts needed to address these issues. We can help! [ R. G. ]


In the News:

The Last Happy Doctor   
Opinions on health care from around the country.
           New Mexico Health Connections strikes deal to sell some of its assets  
ALBQ Business Journal
           Countries agree next steps to combat global health threat MERS-CoV  
           Smart inhaler to help asthma sufferers breathe easier  
EU Research & Innovation
            How Below-The-Radar Mergers Fuel Health Care Monopolies  
The data disaster   
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Of Interest:

     Sept 22, 1791 was the birthday of English scientist Michael Faraday. His research on the magnetic field around a conductor laid the basis of the science of the electromagnetic field. His discovery is the fundamental basis of Nikola Tesla's (1856 - 1943) discovery of the Rotating Magnetic Field (1882) in Budapest, Hungary, which in turn helped Raymond Vahan Damadian (Born 1936), devise the first prototype of an MRI machine in 1971.
     Faraday was an environmental activist. He studied industrial air pollution and wrote a letter to the Times of London calling for a cleanup of the Thames River. His teaching style was mischievous in many ways. Faraday said, "That point of self-education which consists in teaching the mind to resist its desires and inclinations, until they are proven to be right, is the most important of all."
    Michael Faraday made many discoveries in physics and chemistry but he resisted making them public until he could prove them with facts. He said, "There's nothing quite as frightening as someone who knows they are right."


How can TeleHealth help your Practice:

Diagnostic tools such as MRI, CATScan,
etc. have improved healthcare in
the world but experts in these fields
are not in the rural areas.
Consider expanding your practice of
diagnostic medicine 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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