TeleHealth News

 
 

May 26, 2016

 
 

THE VOICE OF TELEHEALTH IN NM

 
 

    Stories always add a level of understanding, expectation and intrigue to a conversation or presentation. They also substantiate the presenter's point of view or dire need for help. At the recent ATA meeting in Minneapolis, we heard many stories of cases that were helped by telehealth in situations large and small. A woman, who was helped by telemedicine for her mental condition, presented at one of the plenary sessions. At another session, Dr. David Shulkin, Under Secretary for Veterans Administration reported the many ways telemedicine was used to treat veterans in the system. Dr. John Noseworthy, President and CEO of Mayo Clinic told of how Mayo uses telemedicine. David B. Hoyt, Executive Director of American College of Surgeons, and Jack Resneck, of American Medical Association and many others all had their own stories.
     But the stories that mattered the most, intriguing, heart warming, or even depressing were those heard at dinner tables or individual encounters. On the way to or from the different sessions or just waiting in line for a cup of coffee. Like the medical student from Nigeria who is perplexed about the dire and immense needs of his country, here seeking guidance on how to deal with such insurmountable need while fighting the bureaucracy of his native land. A Colombian doctor who wants to bring care to the indigent people who are losing their habitat deep in the jungles and are unaware of internet, phones and even electricity. And the Canadian doctor who was so proud of turning the dire healthcare situation in his isolated small town into a rousing success through telehealth. They were all stories shared, overheard and discussed, revealing the tenderness of the human soul, and the humanity of our specious to care for others.
     They prove that we are on the right track. That there is a definite need for our services and that many seek it and go to great distances to get it. The fact that so many different problems, locally, nationally and internationally can be addressed and even resolved by a single system of communication is a credit to the vision of our mission.
     In observing and interacting with the thousands at the meeting, one realizes that there were three groups of us at that conference; The organizers and promoters of telehealth, the technological developers and researchers of the science of internet, and the largest by far and the most important group were those who are actually providing and developing means to bring telehealth to the people. The largest segment of that group were those, new to telehealth. Here to learn about all the wonderful tools telehealth provides them but most importantly how to setup a system of delivering the care. They are the leaders of their societies, the visionaries, the trendsetters and the heroes.
     In addressing the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation awhile back, astrophysicist and space exploration advocate Neil deGrasse Tyson said: "Any nation at any time has the capacity to create a hero, just has to have ambition with goals set so that one among us steps forward and accepts those risks." Today many heroes are waiting to be provided goals and opportunities to step forward, accept risks and move their nation, society, and the world forward. Many of them are healthcare providers anxious to be the hero in their field. We owe it to them to create the needed roads. Telehealth is one such avenue, let us embrace this mission and vision. Lets encourage and assist our fellow colleagues to expand the vision to all corners of our small planet. Lets help them be the heroes.

 
 

In the News:

The News section of our website is now in an interactive blog format.

The 24th Annual New Mexico Health Resources Provider Retreat
June 17 – 18, 2016 in Taos.
For a brochure goto http://www.nmhr.org/2016brochure.pdf .
 Register for Telemedicine & Telehealth Service Provider Showcase
June 21-22, 2016 – Phoenix, AZ

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Of Interest:

The Sixty-ninth session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) is taking place in Geneva this week (23-28 May 2016). The three global health threats also labeled as slow motion disasters; i.e. 1) Climate change 2) anti-microbial resistance and 3) the alarming rise of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are forefront of the discussions. These major issues will change the face of health for years to come.
    The meeting is live streamed on 24-26 May at 16:00–16:45 CEST.

    It is said that; "The world speaks in many languages but only in one voice. The language is not English or French, Arabic or Hebrew, Chinese or Russian. It speaks in the language of hope. It speaks in the language of trust. It speaks in the language of strength and compassion, the language of the heart and the soul. But always it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors speaking through us. The voice of our inheritors waiting to be born. It is the voice that says: "We are one." No matter the blood, no matter the skin, no matter the country, no matter the race, "We are one." We must recognize the singular truth and the singular rule that we must be kind to one another. Because each voice enriches us and ennobles us and each voice lost, diminishes us. We are the voice of the world, the soul of creation, the fire that light the way to a better future. "We are one."

J. Stracynski - Edited for this article.

 
 

How can TeleHealth help your Practice:


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

200 Physicians, 38 Dentists, 66 Advanced Practice Nurses, 5 Pharmacists, 21 Physician Assistants, 10 Psychologists, 54 Nurses, 85 Other various professions, mostly behavioral health related.

As pointed out throughout the ATA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, the rural world is in dire need of help. The need is universal.  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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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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