TeleHealth News


June 29, 2016




    The howling wind outside the roadside restaurant, kept us inside. There was a warning that the police may close the road. Looking around, about twenty or so travelers and locals were scattered throughout the establishment. The hour was late and the nearest town, sixty miles away. Weary eyes, scan the sky for a break but none was coming. An old farmhand across the counter informed us that he had never seen it this bad, talking persistently and asking;
     "Where are you from?, What is there that is new?, Where are you going to?, Tell me so that I can learn., And maybe I'll go there too!"
     Though he was inquisitive, no one seemed to care. The empty conversation was strangely welcomed. Once he learned that I was in healthcare, he first told me of his numerous aches and pains, then asked for advise and finally complained about not getting any help out here in the country.
     "What was I doing here?" I asked myself.
     I was on my way to a clinic in the northeast part of our state, when I got caught in a spring storm. The clinic's only provider had to leave on a family emergency, and I was asked to cover for him.
     "Why can't I say no?" I admonished myself.
     But I knew why! The cost is high for the people of this region. With no regular income or job, most depend on others. The local farms need the part time workers. Without their help, they could not manage and people like me wouldn't get the produce we need.
     "Where are you going to?, And maybe I'll go there too!" The Old farmer went on asking another, as the light of the day faded and customers' uneasiness increased. The proprietor wanted to go home but himself was stuck by the storm.
     Then just as suddenly as it had come, the wind stopped and the dust settled. Everyone dashed to their cars and as I was pulling away, I noticed the lights going out at the cafe as the owner left to go home.
     The rest of my journey that evening was uneventful, but I could not help thinking of the last two hours of my life, and wondered where did the old farmer go?
     Looking back, telehealth would have eliminated the need for my travel there. Yet that clinic miles from the nearest hospital and city, today, still struggles to get providers to help them out. Telehealth is helping but support is shortcoming. My old eyes have seen much, over the past three quarter of a century and it bothers me that at this day and age with all the wonderful technologies available, we still do not provide for those who provide for us.


     The 24th Annual NM Health Resources Provider Retreat was held in Taos, NM on June 17 and 18. There were 143 participants, and medical and dental CME credits offered. For the first time NMHR used technology that allowed participants to use their smart phones to engage attendees with presenters during the course of classes.
     The various presentations will soon be available on the NMHR website at:


In the News:

The News section of our website is now in an interactive blog format.  
How the Brexit Decision Might Affect Healthcare   
A few ways the Brexit might affect digital health in Europe   
A Lifetime of Risk  
The big bag theory: a cheap and innovative way to transport fresh water  
Big HIV data opens new avenues to fight the disease  
EC Research & Innovation
UNM Project ECHO applying for 
MacArthur Foundation's 100&Change Contest
 Lovington, New Mexico is # 30 on the top 100 Safest Cities
 to raise a child in America 2016.


Of Interest:

Over the years headlines like these have appeared on many news media,
yet our rural communities are still struggling.

Rural clinics increasingly turn to telemedicine 

      Rural clinics turn to telemedicine  

How Telemedicine is Helping Mental Health Patients in rural areas

Increasing Access to Care: Reaching Out to Rural Veterans

Telehealth: the RX to Effective Health Care Delivery

VA, Mayo ramp up telemedicine to increase patient access, satisfaction

How Telemedicine Is Transforming Health Care   


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.

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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