TeleHealth News


December 22, 2016




A Message from our Chairman:
   Most people would agree that 2016 has been a remarkable year at many levels. We face many challenging global events with tens of thousands of displaced people and an immigration crisis, along with pending changes in our US government administration. Healthcare in the USA is also undergoing significant transformational change with the development of value based care, the medical home, and achieving the "quadruple aim;" 1) improving the patient experience, 2) improving population health and health outcomes, 3) lowering costs without sacrificing quality, and now 4) improving the healthcare provider experience as we look at challenges in workforce and limitations in resources.
   Despite the challenges in healthcare and these transformational events, telehealth and health information technologies continue to advance so they can be used to address these issues and be applied in a meaningful, realistic manner due to increasing ease of use, affordability, and demonstration of benefits. Furthermore, the blending of telemedicine with electronic health records and health information exchange begins to provide equivalency and comparative effectiveness between in-person and virtual encounters along with enhanced access and improved transitions of care. The ECHO project ( offers provider education and case review of common complex chronic disease using in part telehealth technologies and has experienced a national and international duplication of their model. Federal ECHO legislation has recently been passed in Washington DC to facilitate the incorporation of their model nation-wide. The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission has been formed and now 18 states have joined the compact, as other states explore joining. The compact facilitates obtaining license in other member states and that can play an important role in supporting interstate telemedicine services. The National Quality Forum proving the cost effectiveness of telehealth. The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) is creating a forum for sharing information about telemedicine, best practices, and successful implementation. Our ATA Interstate Telehealth Discussion Group has brought together many members interested in addressing the issues, challenges, and solutions for fostering interstate telemedicine. Other national organizations have been addressing the use of telehealth, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP,) having formed a Section of Telehealth Care with liaison with the Council on Clinical Information Technology. AAP held its first Telemedicine workshops at their National Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco in October 2016, which will be repeated in 2017. AAP and ATA are working together to develop pediatric telehealth guidelines. The network of HRSA supported Telehealth Resource Centers along with state initiatives such as the New Mexico Telehealth Alliance, are dedicated to promotion and adoption of telehealth, as well as finding solutions to the barriers impacting telehealth.
  The future for telehealth in 2017 looks very bright as we foresee a significant increase in the adoption of telehealth that will improve the quality of life and health of millions of people around the world with demonstrated effectiveness. We look forward to more of you joining the telehealth movement. Happy Holidays and here’s to a great New Year!

Dale C. Alverson, MD, FAAP, FATA
Chairman of the New Mexico Telehealth Alliance and the
ATA Interstate Telehealth Discussion Group
Medical Director of the University of New Mexico Center for Telehealth
CMIO, LCF Research and the New Mexico Health Information Collaborative



In the News:

  Click here for our news blog      

The ECHO Act is officially U.S. law!
Our sincerest congratulation to Dr. Sanjeev Arora and 
all the great people and partners at Project ECHO

American Heart Association seeks Medicare coverage of telehealth  
HealthData Management

Musicians virtuosity shows cues for hard of hearing   
Diamonds could help slow climate change
EU Research and Innovation 

For more relevant news checkout our website.  


Of Interest:

     Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ in 350 AD.
     St. Nicholas was a Bishop who lived in the fourth century AD in a place called Myra in Asia Minor (now called Turkey).
     Saint Francis Assisi made Christmas Carols an important part of the church services in 1223.
     In the early 1600s, Christmas was banned in Boston and it wasn’t until the mid-19th century that Christmas was to be celebrated.
     Alabama was the first state to officially recognize Christmas in 1836.
Christmas was declared an official holiday in the US in 1870.
     Oklahoma was the last state to declare Christmas a holiday, in 1907.


How can TeleHealth help your Practice:

Presently hundreds of healthcare 
vacancies are listed by 
the New Mexico Health Resources.

Lets spread some cheers to our
country folks. Consider expanding
your practice to the rural areas of
country through TeleHealth.

Ask us how.

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



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