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  • Get Ready for Exponential Growth in Telemedicine in 2017


    As reimbursement evolves from fee-for-service to alternative payment models, incentives will shift from treating sickness to keeping the population healthy. New investments will be made in technologies that reach into the home and enhance care team communication. 2016 saw an acceleration of telemedicine/telehealth. 2017 will see exponential growth. Telemedicine is hard to define. It could be real-time video teleconferencing between clinicians (a consult), between a patient and clincian (a visit), or group to group (tumor board discussion). It could be the transmission of a static photograph, such as the poisonous mushroom/plant teleconsultation I do 900 times per year. It could be secure texting to coordinate patient care. Patients might provide care teams with objective data from devices in their homes. Patients might answer surveys about their mood, activity or pain. All of these are telemedicine.


  • Telemedicine Puts A Doctor In The House, Literally


    have a friend who is a family physician, and he has made a dramatic change in his practice. He told me of the daily struggles and the extended hours he would spend every day, missing family events and even putting off vacations. He told me he was burning out. But today, he reports a renewed enthusiasm in medicine. He can attend to his wife, as she has been dealing with some serious medical issues, go to school plays and be involved daily with his family again. He became a telemedicine doctor. At several rural hospitals nearby, there is a shortage of physicians who can work emergency room (ER) or care for acutely ill patients. 


  • Is the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Good or Bad for Telehealth?

    mHealth Intelligence

    Federal officials are stepping in to help the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact - even as critics call the effort “crony doctoring.” The cross-state licensure compact was launched in 2013 by the Federation of State Medical Boards, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit comprised of some 70 state medical boards and regulatory agencies, and now has 17 states signed on, with another nine states contemplating approval. Last month, the FSMB was awarded a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grant, divided into three annual $250,000 payments, will reportedly help the FSMB manage the compact and recruit more states. “The continuing support of HRSA has been very beneficial to state medical boards in their ongoing effort to increase access to quality healthcare and support the expanded use of telemedicine for patients by streamlining the medical licensure process,” Art Hengerer, MD, the FSMB’s chairman, said when the HRSA grant was announced.