TeleHealth News


July 28, 2016




    The magician had no hands. As a matter of fact he had just a semblance of a limb on the right and upper stump of an arm on the left. Yet he expertly shuffled the cards and spread them on the table, as he continued to delight, fascinate and mesmerize the audience. As he finished his spellbinding show, he stepped down from the platform, he was standing on and struggled to carry his four feet dwarfed body off the stage. The audience, enthralled and impressed, cheering and roaring enthusiastically. At that moment he was king, smiling ear to ear and bowing happily. His handicapped body did not enter into the equation at all. The show was not about his physical ability, rather it was about his magical prowess. The audience, shook their heads and asked each other how the magic was done rather than how he could have done the magic.
     Years ago, while standing on a street corner in New Delhi, India, I watched a young man with a badly deformed body twist, rotate and contort himself into unbelievable positions. But unlike our magician on stage, the Indian audiences of our street magician watched with indifference and only a few threw coins his way. As a healthcare provider, I not only watched the magician on stage with gaiety, but wondered about all the health and medical issues he has to deal with on daily basis. He, however seemed well nourished and otherwise healthy, despite his handicap. The poor wretch of a young man I witnessed in India, though was anything but healthy. Many bruises, cuts and skin lesions were a testament to his destitute existence. The contrast between these examples reveals the many disparities among citizens of this world. Though both were physically handicapped, the comparison ended there.
     It is easy to blame their circumstances on socio-political aspects of their respective societies, it does not however alleviate the unjust and insufferable condition of one over the other.
     The fact that many such circumstances exist in our world is saddening. But it is even more heartbreaking to know that it really does not take much to bring help and relief of pain to many of our fellow men. Especially today with the magnificent technology available to us, we really could make a difference. And we don't have to go to the other side of the world to find people in need. Many in our own rural and under-served communities need our help. Telehealth, telemedicine and tele-education could bring much needed relief to many, right here in our country. But if we find the wherewithal to help those far away as well, so much the better.


In the News:

The News section of our website is in an interactive blog format.  
With Hospitals in Critical Condition, Can Rural America Survive?  
VA bringing telehealth into veterans' homes   
ABQ group becomes first Native American organization to win Presidential 'E' award
Albuquerque Business Journal 
Two NM cities on the list of best-run cities in America.  

A World of Trouble from One Chronic Illness - hepatitis   

Increasing access to testing for hepatitis infection .   

Trachoma: leading infectious cause of blindness

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Of Interest:     

     Trachoma is the world's leading cause of preventable blindness.
     Recorded knowledge of trachoma dates back to 1900 BC , with descriptions appearing in the Egyptian Ebers papyrus.
     Ibn 'Isa, an Arab physician during the 11th century, correctly observed that chronic trachoma infection results in trichiasis . A painful condition characterized by infolding of the upper eyelid, causing the eyelashes to scratch the cornea.
     Europeans first noted trachoma during the French occupation of Egypt in the late 18 th century. During the 19th and early 20 th centuries, trachoma became a public health problem in England, Europe, and the United States.
     Trachoma was effectively eradicated in the industrialized world by the early 1950s, though it remains prevalent in many other parts of the world.


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.

Ophthalmology is a specialty that is poorly present
in the rural areas of our state. Consider expanding
your practice of ophthalmology 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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