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ATA 2010: Your opportunity to meet with colleagues from a wide range of organizations
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The 15th Annual Meeting of the American Telemedicine Association (May 16 to 18 in San Antonio) is the world's largest telemedicine conference and exposition. The event includes many co-located and partner meetings, providing attendees an opportunities to network with government agencies, military telemedicine professionals and regional telemedicine centers. More

ATA videocast on the FCC broadband plan -- Recording now available
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The Federal Communications Commission recently released its plan for expanded broadband access -- "Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan." ATA has the inside scoop on the plan's policy recommendations to lift existing barriers to the deployment of telemedicine. View the archived recording of last week's ATA videocast, in which ATA CEO Jon Linkous interviewed the FCC's Dr. Mohit Kaushal. This is a FREE resource for ATA members. More

FCC claims a role in health IT policy
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The Federal Communications Commission recently released its National Broadband Plan and, lo and behold, there was a big section that highlighted health information technology and telehealth applications. I wasn't the only observer curious about the FCC's claim of a lead role in federal policy for health technologies. It is mostly a secondary role, as many of the FCC's recommended actions would need to be undertaken by the Health and Human Services Department and other agencies. More

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Social networks a lifeline for the chronically ill
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A former model who is now chronically ill and struggles just to shower says the people she has met online have become her family. A quadriplegic man uses the Web to share tips on which places have the best wheelchair access, and a woman with multiple sclerosis says her regular Friday night online chats are her lifeline. For many people, social networks are a place for idle chatter about what they made for dinner or sharing cute pictures of their pets. But for people living with chronic diseases or disabilities, they play a more vital role. More

What percentage of U.S. doctors connect with patients online via e-mail, secure messaging?
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In 2009, 39 percent of U.S. physicians connected with patients online through e-mail, secure messaging services or instant messaging, according to a Manhattan Research survey. In 2007, 31 percent of U.S. doctors used e-mail, secure messaging services or instant messaging to connect with patients online, while 25 percent of U.S. physicians connected with patients online in 2006. More

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Social media likely coming to VA health portal
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Veterans Affairs Department officials plan to add social media style tools to the portal veterans use to access health records, a VA official said March 23 at the 2010 FOSE conference. Veterans use the My HealtheVet to access records, keep health diaries and reorder prescriptions, according to Gail Graham, deputy chief officer of health care information management at the VA. Veterans of all ages are using the portal, but younger service members returning from deployments want more functionality, she said. More

DEA issues interim final rule on e-prescribing of controlled drugs
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On March 24, the Federal Register made publicly available the Drug Enforcement Agency's interim final rule allowing electronic prescribing for controlled substances, Healthcare IT News reports. Current DEA regulations prohibit the use of e-prescribing for controlled substances, forcing health care providers who use e-prescribing systems to maintain paper processes. According to the DEA, the rule is an addition to existing regulations on the prescribing of controlled substance, not a replacement. More

New service offers online house calls by doctors 24 hours a day
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Got a nagging cough, but it's 11 p.m. and too late to arrange a doctor's office visit? In the age of the virtual house call, the doctor is always online and ready to chat. has come to Texas with a service that for $45 connects patients with physicians for 10 minutes in cyberspace. Texas is the first state where Minnesota-based OptumHealth is offering the service. A similar service was introduced last year in Hawaii through Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the concept is fast catching on. More

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