TeleHealth News


July 14, 2016




    The Albuquerque Business Journal reports that of the ten fastest growing jobs in New Mexico for the next eight years, 70% are in the healthcare field.
     Well that is nothing new to us. We in the healthcare arena have known for a long time that the provider shortage we face in caring for our patients has been the single most detrimental hurdle. This is especially so in the rural areas of our state. The problem however, is not unique to New Mexico. Almost the entire country faces similar shortfalls and there lies the real problem. With such great demand for the limited number of providers, competition becomes severe and recruiters will do anything to attract potential job seekers to their corner of the country. This leaves states such as New Mexico, large in size but with a relatively small population, at a disadvantage. Small population brings limited revenue. Limited resources make for small incentives to offer potential candidates. The freshly graduated with extensive debt to satisfy go to the richer states with better benefits. Quality of life? Disregarded!
     Add to this conundrum, is the fact that many of the baby boomers are retiring and moving here with better finances and healthcare insurance. Typically these newbies move to urban areas of our state with larger hospitals and specialists. So the dominoes start falling for the rural and under-served population.
     We at New Mexico Telehealth Alliance have been trying to get our urban providers to use telehealth and take their specialty out of the cities but with little success. This is partially due to the fact that these providers are so busy caring for the local patients that they really can't find any time to devote to the outside. The other problem is that the rural populations typically don't have the finances to compete with their urban brethren.
     Programs through our medical schools and universities, such as UNM Project Echo help educate and bring attention to the need but little more happens. Perhaps a new way of thinking is needed to resolve the problem. Maybe big businesses should start supporting their local health organizations instead of just providing health insurance to their employees. Gas and oil companies in the Southeast and Northwest of our state for example could provide perks to attract providers to their local area. Likewise, the mining industry in the Southwest and large dairy and ranching companies can do the same in the Northeast.
     An area often unfairly overlooked is the thousands of foreign healthcare providers seeking asylum from war torn and impoverished parts of the world. Among the millions of refugees are many doctors, nurses, and other highly educated and trained scientists and medical professionals. They could be identified and their applications expedited. Telehealth could be used at many levels to educate them, help them pass our exams and get licensed. Telemedicine, telehealth and tele-education can ease the pain for everyone – yes pun intended.


In the News:

The News section of our website is in an interactive blog format.  
FSMB Foundation accepting applications for
Interstate Medical Licensure Compact grants

After 135 years, a medical school is about to open its doors at UT  
my Statesman

   On The Dark Web, Medical Records Are A Hot Commodity
Drug Overdoses Kill More People than Car Accidents
Eyefluence shows us how we’ll be able to navigate screens with our eyes


 Of Interest:

    July 12, 1904 was the birthday of poet Pablo Neruda, born Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto in Parral, Chile, who wrote under the pen name Pablo Neruda because his father didn't approve of him writing poetry.
     In 1923, at the age of 19, he sold all his possessions to publish his first book, Crepusculario (Twilight).
     In 1924, he published Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada (Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair), which made him famous.
     In 1971, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature
    He Died on 23 September 1973 in Santiago, Chile.
    Neruda always wrote in green ink, because he believed it was the color of hope.


How can TeleHealth help your Practice:

Presently the following vacancies are listed by
NM Health Resources for New Mexico:

208 Physicians, 40 Dentists, 67 Advanced Practice Nurses,
6 Pharmacists, 21 Physician Assistants, 8 Psychologists,
64 Nurses, 90 Other various professions, mostly behavioral health related.

Think green and give hope to the folks in the rural parts of our state.
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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Useful links:

American Telemedicine Association
Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine

Con Alma Health Foundation

Federation of State Medical Boards
National Rural Health Association
New Mexico Broadband Program
New Mexico Department of Health
NM Health Resources
The NM Dept of Information Technology
NM legislature

Upcoming NM Legislative meetings
NM Medical Board
New Mexico Rural Hospital Network
UNM Center for Telehealth
UNM Project ECHO
World Health Organization (WHO)


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