Category: Healthcare

With the announcement of the CMS’ new ruling, things have been all a buzz around the topic of telemedicine. With the end of year quickly approaching and next year’s initiatives being hammered out, its important for any healthcare organization to be well versed on what technology is available and how it is improving patient care and healthcare operations. I have scoured through many great articles and news surrounding the topic of telemedicine, here are some of the highlights from this month. Great Articles/Resources From Around The Web: How Mobile Health Is Changing Care Delivery This is a great article showcasing how new mobile health …

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Telemedicine solutions are helping to shape the healthcare system by offering innovative ways to provide care, manage care and provide better outcomes for patients. More and more healthcare providers are implementing telemedicine technologies as an extension of clinical care, a way to connect providers with each other and as a means to improve communication between clinicians and patients. The patient continuum of care concept is focused on a tracked and comprehensive array of health services across all levels of care. The use of telemedicine across the continuum can help to provide high quality, comprehensive care, coordinated over time and across services …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. Giving IT a Say in the Collaboration Cloud Shadow IT isn’t the exception for most companies, but the norm. As technology spend, especially on collaboration, increasingly occurs outside of IT, IT organizations must change their operating model to become trusted advisors, helping to guide lines of business to the right solution. IFTF: From Telepresence to Copresence In the same way that face-to-face interactions are defined by physical proximity, copresent interactions are defined by attentional proximity. This has been true since the time of the telephone, but what’s different today is that a …

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CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) released a ruling last Friday announcing finalized payment rates for providers and services within the Medicare program. Within this lofty document included rules expanding the range of telemedicine services that can be reimbursed under Medicare. Amongst these provisions, CMS created new codes for remote chronic care management and remote patient monitoring of chronic conditions. They also added seven more procedure codes for telemedicine encounters, including annual wellness visits, psychotherapy services and prolonged visit reporting codes. In the announcement by the American Telemedicine Association, CEO Jonathan Linkous praised the ruling and said “It has been …

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American Telemedicine Association’s policy duo Jonathan Linkous, CEO and Gary Capistrant, Senior Director of Public Policy, return with updates and new information regarding telemedicine for the month of October. What’s New with ATA The ATA is continuously developing a set of comprehensive standards and guidelines for telemedicine. Most recently the ATA produced practice guidelines for intensive care units that were approved by the Society of Critical Care and Medicine, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Additionally the ATA Clinical Guidelines for Telepathology were approved by the Digital Pathology Association. The ATA is currently working on guidelines for the following; telestroke, pediatrics and mental …

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Set Clear Expectations To establish Confidence One of the largest challenges in telemedicine is getting physicians to participate, due to their lack of confidence and fear of the technology and the experience.   Setting clear expectations of what is anticipated of the physician before, during and after the consult will better enable the physician to provide a better consult experience. Establish training on the technology and practice sessions with the video and tools to educate all users involved with the telemedicine consult. Know How to Present Yourself on Screen Stand approximately 6 feet back from the monitor, showing your head, shoulders and top of …

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The American Telemedicine Association’s Senior Director of Public Policy, Gary Capistrant, and Director of State Policy Latoya Thomas, joined together to discuss several telehealth bills and regulations as well as state policy developments for the month of September. What’s New with ATA The ATA is scheduled to launch an Accreditation Program recognizing US and Canadian Organizations who provide direct or online healthcare consultations that meet specific standards for online healthcare consultants online patient care programs.   This program will launch in November. ATA members will receive an invitation to pre-register during the month of October. Congress: Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee …

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This Month In Telemedicine

August 27, 2014, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration, Healthcare, Video Conferencing

What’s New with ATA Webinar hosted by Institutional Council – Today, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT – on Internal Awareness and Adoption Webinar hosted by the ATA Policy team – Thursday, August 28th from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT – on Trends for Telemedicine Policy and Winning Tactics ATA Fall Forum – September 7-9 2014, JW Marriot Desert Springs Resort: Some of the sessions include validated research on products and projects showing effectiveness in the areas of price reduction, quality and access. ATA annual meeting is May 3-5, deadline for the call for presentations is September 15th The American Telemedicine Association paid special attention …

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American Telemedicine Association’s policy duo Jonathan Linkous, CEO and Gary Capistrant, Senior Director of Public Policy, return with updates and new information regarding telemedicine. What’s New With ATA ATA Fall Forum– Sept 7-9 2014 JW Marriot Desert Springs Resort First ATA meeting in China – October 28-30 2014 *more information can be found on the ATA website Learning Center – New! Online course was added; delivering online video based mental health services. Series of Guidelines for ATA – Two guidelines have been made available by ATA through a free download on their website: “Core Operational Guidelines for Telehealth Services Involving Provider-Patient Interactions” and “Guidelines for TeleICU …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. Navigating the New Terrain The Unified Communications industry is changing rapidly. Jim Burton, Founder and CEO, CT LLC and Co-Founder UCStrategies offers up some advice to enterprise customers, vendors, channel partners and consultants. Areas of focus include big data and how vendors will work or compete with Microsoft. Blue skies: The future of collaboration Despite a flurry of new technology releases over the last twenty years, many organizations have seen their collaboration technology investment fail to live up to expectations. Most technologies are disparate and expensive to deploy & maintain. The introduction …

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