TeleHealth News


April 21, 2016




Message From Our Chairman:

    As has been noted previously, the evolving healthcare environment is requiring changes in the delivery of healthcare services and sharing of health information that can enhance the patient’s experience and access, improve health outcomes, and reduce costs ("The Triple Aim"). As Telemedicine can provide improved access to healthcare services that support distant providers and patients, a Health Information Exchange (HIE) provides a system for the secure sharing of patient information from a variety of healthcare provider organizations and their diverse electronic health records (EHRs) that otherwise cannot easily share patient information and create one consolidated record.
    The HIE has been designed to allow a patient’s health information to be consolidated into a single view and medical record from a variety of EHRs, listing the original source and time of all diagnoses, medications, allergies, immunizations, procedures, lab and radiology reports, and even progress notes and summaries. Using established standards, such as through HL7 and other formats for interoperability such as "FHIR" (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), and creating an interface with each organization’s electronic health record, there can be secure bi-directional sharing of protected health information among all authorized participants in the HIE. The integration of HIE with Telemedicine HIE is particularly critical since telemedicine encounters often involve healthcare provider organizations on different EHRs and thus a consolidated record is critical to improve the efficiency, continuity and coordination of appropriate comprehensive care.
    There are increasing examples of successful HIEs but challenges remain related to sustainability and establishment of good business planning models. Furthermore, criteria for adoption need to address the value proposition and demonstrate a return on investment through the perspective of various stakeholders, including healthcare provider organizations, their providers, their patients, and insurers. The New Mexico Health Information Collaborative (NMHIC) state-wide HIE is up and running and beginning to demonstrate meaningful benefit in the evaluation and management of patients, providing important integrated health information that can enhance coordination and continuity of care.

Dale Alverson MD



    In the News:

Check our website for the latest information and news.

CCHP Releases 4th Edition of 50 State
Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies


Ed Lopez Jr. has been named president and CEO Delta Dental of New Mexico
Albuquerque Business Journal 
Tainted Scope Infections Far Exceed Earlier Estimates
Kaiser Health News
New Research Confirms Looming Physician Shortage
Less than a month to ATA's annual meeting in Minneapolis.  
Don't miss this very informative meeting.  Register here.


Of Interest:     

    Yesterday, April 20th, was the anniversary of the publication of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" in 1841. By many accounts, the first modern detective story. It first appeared in Graham's Lady's and Gentleman's Magazine.
    In the story, a mother and daughter have been murdered in a fourth-floor room that has been locked from the inside. A clever and eccentric young man named; Auguste Dupin hears of the murders and offers his services to the police and eventually solves the crime.
    Dupin has been said to have inspired many of the famous literary detectives, including Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, and Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. Many felt that Holmes was a little too much like Dupin.
    "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" has been adapted for a movie, TV and radio, and even video games. Poe received $56 for the story.


How can TeleHealth help your Practice:

The need for healthcare in the rural areas of our state however, is not a mystery.  There is a great shortage of Dentists, psychologists, dermatologists, cardiologists and many other specialists in the country side of New Mexico.  Please 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 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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