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5th Annual Pediatric Telehealth Colloquium: Network with leaders in the field of pediatric telemedicine
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The 5th Annual Pediatric Telehealth Colloquium will be held as part of the ATA Mid-Year Meeting (Sept. 27 and 28 in Baltimore). The Colloquium, already established as a premier event for the pediatric telehealth community, is dedicated to the presentation of original research related to pediatric telemedicine by investigators in clinical science. Topics of special interest include inpatient telemedicine, outpatient telemedicine, innovative pediatric telehealth applications, sustainability, quality of care, financial impact, novel technologies and telecommunications. More

FCC, FDA partner to advance telehealth
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The Federal Communications Commission and the Food and Drug Administration have joined forces to help advance innovation and investment in wireless-enabled telehealth devices, which can improve the quality of a patient's health and reduce health care costs. FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg and FCC chairman Julius Genachowski signed a joint statement of principles and memorandum of understanding at the start of a two-day conference, which began July 26, to showcase a broad range of cutting-edge wireless medical devices as well as discuss issues affecting the telehealth industry. More

AHA supports CMS telemedicine rule, but requests additional changes
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The American Hospital Association on July 23 expressed support for proposed changes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' telemedicine credentialing and privileging requirements for hospitals, but said the changes do not go far enough. In a letter to CMS, AHA said the proposed changes "will allow access to telemedicine services to continue in a manner that is safe and beneficial for patients, while minimizing any unnecessary regulatory burden to providers." However, the letter notes that some hospitals contract with physician groups or other entities for the provision of telemedicine services. More

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Telemedicine connects Oklahoma to Iraq
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A group of Oklahoma doctors is using telemedicine to help children in the war torn country of Iraq. The doctors from Oklahoma State University's Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa are using video technology to interact with doctors from Iraq's second largest hospital. It's a first in a new plan that could help save the lives of Iraqi children. Doctors like Christine Clary will be sharing ideas and expertise with Iraqi doctors caring for children in a 655-bed hospital in Bagdad. More

Telestroke saves lives through speed
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Mary and Robert Phillips of West Yellowstone, Mont., learned first hand the benefit of the telestroke program that links expert Kalispell neurologists by video to stroke victims in emergency rooms in Libby, Ronan and Whitefish. They were visiting their daughter in Troy when Robert, 61, suddenly stumbled and fell against a wall after getting up from a table. As Mary asked him if he was OK, he responded in clipped short sentences. More

Center for Technology and Aging grants $500,000 to telehealth projects
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The Center for Technology and Aging will provide grants to five health care organizations to test the efficacy and quality of remote home monitoring to improve chronic disease management and post-acute care. Use of remote home monitoring systems to follow patients with diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure and other conditions could trim down costs by almost $200 billion during the next 25 years, according to the Oakland, Calif.-based center. More

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Doctor: Africa should embrace telemedicine practice
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Dr. Owusu Achaw Duah, a medical consultant, has urged African nations to give priority attention to the promotion of telemedicine practice to raise the quality of health care delivery on the continent. He said in a continent where majority of the population lacked access to quality health care services, telemedicine offered a better option to bring comprehensive health care to the people through the use of information technology. More

'Most Wired Hospitals' for 2010 named
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The Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking study, conducted annually by Hospitals and Health Networks, has named the "Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems" for 2010. The survey included new questions about meaningful use. The survey recognizes organizations for their achievements in four focus areas: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and the care continuum. Hospitals were awarded under the categories of "25 Most Improved," the "25 Most Wireless" and the "25 Most Wired — Small and Rural" hospitals. More

Effect of call-based counseling ringing true
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The therapist-patient relationship is crucial to people battling depression, addiction, weight gain and diabetes. But that relationship might not always have to be in person to be effective. Throughout the last decade, numerous hospitals and clinics have begun experimenting with telephone-based care to treat a litany of health problems — with surprising success. Now a new study has found that it can even ease the pain and depression of cancer patients. More

Even when physicians adopt e-prescribing, use of advanced features lags
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Physician practice adoption of electronic prescribing has not guaranteed that individual physicians routinely will use the technology, particularly the more advanced features the federal government is promoting with financial incentives, according to a new national study from the Center for Studying Health System Change. Slightly more than 2 in 5 physicians providing office-based ambulatory care reported that information technology was available in their practice to write prescriptions in 2008, the year before implementation of federal incentives. More

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A first for the West: Robotic-assisted surgery for thyroid tumor
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UC Irvine Healthcare is the first medical center on the West Coast and the only one in California to perform robotic thyroidectomies, a procedure that removes the diseased gland without leaving a visible scar on the neck. Dr. Jason Kim, associate clinical professor of otolaryngology and a head and neck cancer specialist, has performed robotic-assisted surgery using the daVinci Surgical System on three patients with thyroid tumors. More

Survey: MDs use mobiles at point of care
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According to a recent physician survey conducted by Spyglass Consulting, the "exponential" growth in physician adoption of mobile communications at point of care has been driven by physicians' desire to improve communications and collaboration, streamline productivity, and enhance patient care and safety. Spyglass conducted interviews with more than 100 physicians in March to discuss the adoption of mobile devices and their use at the point of care. More

Dr. Pauline Chen: Should patients read the doctor's notes?
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Their request seemed simple enough: The patient and his wife, both in their 70s, wanted a copy of what I'd written in their medical file. During their visit, I had watched them refer to a well-thumbed collection of doctors' notes and medication lists, so when they asked for a copy of my note just before leaving, I assumed it simply would be added to the others. But when I mentioned the request to one of the nurses outside the exam room a few minutes later, her eyes grew wide. More

Medical venture entrepreneurs at Texas conference say funding climate improving
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Entrepreneur Gary Wald wants to raise more than $800,000 to market NetMed Care, which is developing e-clinics staffed by an on-site nurse at large companies. "Telemedicine has everybody intrigued," said Wald, who already raised $200,000 and helped start another telemedicine company. "This will change medicine as we know it." In his latest fundraising effort, Wald on July 21 pitched his company to dozens of potential angel and venture capital investors at the second annual MedVentures conference in Frisco, Texas. He hopes to open the first e-clinic at a Dallas office tower by the end of the year and projects revenue of $41 million in five years. More

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The debate over electronic medical records
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After more than a year of review, the federal government finally has released its "meaningful use" guidelines for electronic medical records. For the health care field, this is particularly meaningful because it's the first step taken toward adding the kinds of consistency and efficiency through IT that most corporations take for granted. Electronic records can eliminate duplication in testing, bring together complete medical histories, disclose adverse drug interactions, reduce errors in patient care, add transparency into a system that largely has been closed to review, and set forth best practices for treating illnesses. More

What's e-health's revenue driver for carriers?
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Ovum analyst Charlie Davies has a worthwhile analysis of Spanish mobile operator Telefonica's recently launched e-health global business unit. The e-health unit already has outposts in Spain, Europe and Latin America, and currently is involved in some 80 telemedicine projects in more than nine countries. Telefonica aims to decentralize clinical processes, create integrated service networks, and make these services accessible from anywhere. Here's Ovum's take. More

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