TeleHealth News


October 13, 2016




    A year ago, this week, we held the first meeting of Interstate Telehealth Discussion Group. Since then our meetings have been attended by many interested parties. Many organizations and university groups have shown considerable interest in telehealth – which is great. However, young providers are still missing from our discussions. Yet they may be the most affected by this technology and the future of it.
     Since I am attending my daughter's wedding this weekend and have been too busy to write a proper article for this week's newsletter, I will reiterate my concerns from my last year's article as they are still pertinent today:
     When I first entered the world of medicine at the ripe age of fourteen in the middle of the last century, we had nothing that could be called technological to today's standards. We had reusable needles and glass syringes, plaster of Paris came in powder form in a bucket, and x-ray machines stood in the corner of a room. We carried an alcohol lamp and sterilized the needles and syringes by boiling them in water before each use. When a patient was being x-rayed, usually his or her family members were in the room with them, including their children. Antibiotics were new and looked at with skepticism and vaccination considered witchcraft. We have come a long way in the past half a century. Today we consider all of the above; archaic, old and even barbaric. Yet in their own time, they were state of the art medicine.
     Much of what we use today was considered science fiction at the turn of the last century. The rate at which our world is progressing will put us decades ahead in the next generation. By involving themselves, our young practitioners could benefit immensely in understanding, forecasting and developing the next generation of medical devices, medications and technologies. I - for one - would love to see younger people at our meetings, conferences and organizations. The future belongs to them and the better they understand the present, the better they could shape and direct what is coming their way. Encourage young practitioners in your organization to join us.
     What would they say of today, sixty years from now, I wonder. [R. G.]


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Of Interest:

    Many medical practices were state of the art at their time, yet it became evident that we were wrong. For example; the inventor of the lobotomy was given the Nobel Prize in 1949. However, some 70,000 people were lobotomized before doctors decided that cutting into the brain was not a good way to solve people's mental problems.
     Bloodletting was one of the most popular medical practices in history, originally used by the Greeks, it was practiced until the 19th century. Rumors have it that our first president; George Washington died from it, while being treated by the best physicians of the time.
     Other unorthodox, yet common practices - some continue to this day are; urine therapy, weight loss practices by using some very dangerous drugs like amphetamines, and even capsules of tapeworm (yes at the early part of the last century, capsules of tapeworm eggs were sold for weight loss.) And how about using malaria to treat syphilis. Julius Wagner-Jauregg actually got the Nobel Prize in 1927 for his work in this area. Penicillin finally put an end to that practice.


How can TeleHealth help your Practice:

Presently hundreds of healthcare vacancies are listed
by the NM Health Resources for New Mexico:

Due to inadequate access to proper
medical care, many rural
populations resort to antiquated and
dangerous methods of treating their
medical problems. Lets bring 21st
century medicine to these
communities. 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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