TeleHealth News


October 15, 2015




In 1977, I attended the 5th annual Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. A good friend of mine; Jeff Dodd is a balloonist and had his balloon in the event. He asked me to join him that day. We soared into the skies over the city and the winds blew us over the Sunport. FAA closed the airport and we finished by landing in Kirtland Air Force Base. We were laughing and joking about it all, but found that the joke was on us as our ground crew could not get on the base to pick us up. We sat for several hours waiting and drinking the champagne Jeff had brought with him till we were finally picked up. Later we drove down Central Avenue in a parade, throwing candy to children and exchanging phone numbers with pretty girls. 
The fiesta has come a long way since then. In the early 1990s when the event was first moved to the present location, I was working at Lovelace and we had a medical booth at the Fiesta - still there. I was one of the first volunteers to man the booth. Communication was via walkie-talkie and delayed. Whether we were piloting balloons and talking to our ground crew or receiving calls at the medical booth to alert us of injuries coming our way, connections were slow and often poor. Today, GPS, Internet, Cell Phones and the like make navigation, communication and information available instantly. Much has changed in the world of medicine as well as ballooning in the last forty years. Today, telehealth makes it possible to reach people in need at far corners of the world. We can teach, educate, attend, examine, diagnose and treat in all kinds of situations. Experts can share their knowledge with colleagues far away. But accepting this new way of life is difficult for many of our people. Still change is here and technology is moving medicine - like aviation - forward. It behooves us to take charge of our destiny, otherwise others will do it for us at an unfavorable cost to us. It is better for medical professionals to control the advance of healthcare through technology, rather than technology adopt medicine to it's needs.


In the News

Paul Modrich from Raton, New Mexico wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015
Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Two New Telehealth Bills Call for "One State License" for Medicare and VA Services

New Era for Health Records Drives Demand for Medical Scribes
The Texas Tribune

WHO calls for urgent action to protect health from climate change

Medical manufacturer says it's staying in Albuquerque and will create jobs
Albuquerque Business First

Telemedicine Expands, Though Financial Prospects Still Uncertain

Why Cleveland Clinic Shares Its Outcomes Data with the World
Harvard Business Review


Of Interest:

Paul Modrich wins the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
He grew up in Raton, NM. Growing up in a small town in northern New Mexico instilled Paul Modrich with a love of the natural world. "There was huge biological diversity around me," he says. "Within five miles, the ecology can change dramatically it was very thought provoking." His father, the local high school biology teacher, encouraged his curiosity. In 1963, when he was a junior in high school, Modrich remembers his dad giving him a very important advice: "You should learn about this DNA stuff."

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015 and The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 was won by William C. Campbell and Satoshi mura "for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites" and the other half to Youyou Tu "for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria".


How can TeleHealth help your Practice:

New Mexicans have always been at the forefront of science and technology, as it was just proven by Paul Modrich PHD. Many just like Dr. Modrich live in rural parts of our state. It behooves us to serve their's as well as the healthcare needs of their families today, for they could be tomorrow's Nobel Prize winners.

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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