Category: Healthcare

Sound Masking Your Way to Medicare Reimbursement

August 6, 2012, by Lisa Avvocato in Healthcare

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid now base a portion of hospital reimbursement on how well a hospital performs along with clinical and patient satisfaction measures. The Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program metrics are based on metrics from Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) metrics which are publicly available. In order to receive full Medicare funding, hospitals need to score in at least the 50th percentile in patient satisfaction scores. One key area is ensuring the area around patient rooms is always quite at night which is challenge for most hospitals. Doctors and nurses who are constantly milling around, responding …

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At any given time there are several different languages being spoken in an emergency room.  Spouses, children, friends or relatives are usually there to interpret; but what happens when an interpreter is not immediately available? Calling one over audio is an option; however, it can get extremely confusing handing phones back and forth while a remote third-party translates.  For the hearing impaired, Video Relay Services are an option; however, according to FCC regulations they are designated for telephone calls only and cannot be used when both hearing and hearing impaired parties are in the same room.  Enter Video Remote Interpreting (VRI); a …

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Health care organizations throughout the world continue to implement telemedicine solutions at a growing rate to help extend the reach of health care. The benefits are enormous, for both the patient and the health care provider: No matter where a patient is located, they can gain access to the specialists they need to diagnose and treat their ailments. A health care provider can check in with patients remotely, helping to reduce costly re-admissions. In an emergency setting, a patient’s specialized needs can be responded to in a quicker, more efficient manner. While the list of benefits is extensive; a major challenge of telemedicine is the economics …

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This year’s American Telemedicine Association Exposition kicked off last night with the latest in developments in the world of Telemedicine and Telehealth.  IVCi is exhibiting at booth 545 and this morning unveiled it’s new Telehealth cloud offerings.  These services are all about increasing the quality of care a patient can receive, no matter where they are.  Combining the best in hardware solutions with cloud based services, IVCi is able to provide any-to-any connectivity for patients, doctors, administrators, and more. If you are attending the show, please come by booth 545 to check out what we are doing! Additional Resources: Press Release – IVCi Debuts Telehealth Cloud …

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Moving products to market quickly is the key to success for many pharmaceutical companies. Shortening the product development cycle ensures that companies benefit from the limited patent life that is typical for new drugs, and are compensated for the costs that are incurred during the developmental phase. Unified Communications (UC) solutions, including visual collaboration technology, enable communication with remote parties, creating the effect that all participants are sitting face-to-face, at the same table or in the same room. UC solutions allow pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs sooner by: Enabling face-to-face communication with remote parties during the crucial drug trial process. Enhancing the quality and …

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The Center for Digital Government has issued a brief detailing the use of cloud-based video collaboration in the public sector.  Many organizations are switching to the cloud not only for the cost savings, but for the realistic and efficient interactions video conferencing provides.  In fact, “about a quarter of government institutions in North America, Europe and Asia are already using the cloud, with another 36 percent investigating its use.” The cloud offers an open a platform in which users can connect anytime, anywhere, with anyone, on any device.  Organizations no longer have to worry about differences in equipment; or the various …

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Telemedicine centers bring quality, affordable medical treatment to India’s hundreds of millions of poor people. Patients schedule a doctor’s “visit” at the center, and consult with a doctor by video about symptoms and care. The nurse will measure vital signs like blood pressure and heartbeat, through equipment that transmits readings directly to the doctor and into a patient’s computerized medical file. Total cost to the patient: 50 rupees, or about 96 U.S. cents. http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/10/from-india-the-1-doctors-visit/?scp=1&sq=video%20conferencing&st=cse

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Today Cisco announced the general availability of the newest version of Cisco HealthPresence(R) technology, an advanced care-at-a-distance platform that connects patients and clinicians via high-definition video, audio, medical devices and collaboration tools. The updated solution provides new deployment options with enhanced security and efficiency capabilities to deliver patient care from a wider range of locations. Cisco HealthPresence also supports integrated workflow features to improve information exchange by increasing access to data such as electronic medical records. http://www.conferencingnews.com/news/40388    

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Cisco looks to expand doctors’ capabilities to view patients remotely with the TelePresence VX-Clinical Assistant. Cisco Systems has introduced the TelePresence VX-Clinical Assistant, a mobile telemedicine cart for high-definition video collaboration between doctors and patients. Physicians will use the VX Clinical Assistant to examine patients remotely from other facilities. It will also play a role in medical education, Cisco reports.  http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Health-Care-IT/Cisco-TelePresence-Cart-Brings-Video-Collaboration-to-Hospital-Exam-Rooms-454414/  

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Date: Thursday, November 3, 2011 Time: 2:00 PM EST Place: Webinar login details will be sent after registration You’ve probably been hearing about telemedicine for some time. Here’s an opportunity to learn about the latest in telemedicine technology and how it applies to a variety of medical settings.  Join GlobalMed and IVCi for a free, informative, hour-long Webinar, “Extending the Reach of Healthcare with Telemedicine.”  This Webinar is aimed specifically at practices, facilities and institutions who are considering a telemedicine program. GlobalMed and IVCi will address some of the key challenges of healthcare delivery. • Hear about products and services that enable greater access to specialists, increased revenue and reduced …

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