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DEVELOPMENTS IN TELEMEDICINE
Explore Telemedicine - the future is now for moving telemedicine into mainstream treatment WhaTech In the US, telemedicine has been promoted as a way to serve rural populations, but in the next few years it is expected to spread to a much wider patient base.
EHR Interoperability Solution Offered by Key IT Panels Modern Healthcare Two key federally chartered health information technology advisory panels are recommending what would amount to, if implemented, a major paradigm shift in how health information is exchanged between providers and other data users, as well as in how it is accessed by patients.
Digital doc: CHI Franciscan Health patients save $600K with Virtual Urgent Care Puget Sounds Business Journal Virtual Urgent Care, a service the medical system provides through telemedicine company Carena, means patients can talk to doctors and nurses remotely for the sake of convenience, so they don't have to wait in an emergency room for hours.
Telehealth Market Poised to Hit $43.4B by 2019 HealthcareDive A new BCC Research report finds that the telemedicine market will hit $43.4 billion by 2019. The overall telemedicine market is growing at a 17.7% compound rate, largely fueled by telehome visits increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24%.
Blackberry Passport Launched The New Indian Express UST Global unveiled an advanced telemedicine application in collaboration with BlackBerry India for cardiovascular surgery and telemedicine centre, Nanavati Super-Specialty Hospital.
AMD Global Telemedicine Announces AGNES-Ready Certification Program and Integration with MiiS horusScope Virtual-Strategy.com The MiiS horusScope, a medical scope with interchangeable lenses used for telemedicine applications, is the latest product certified for use with AGNES telemedicine software.
U.S. FEDERAL AND STATE NEWS
New Mexico Expands its Teleneurology Network mHealth News Thirty rural hospitals across New Mexico will soon have instant access to neurological and neurosurgery consults, thanks to a $15 million telehealth grant being supplied by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
UC Merced Connect: Video Technology Gives Students More Access to Psychiatric Services Merced Sun-Star The 10th and newest UC campus is the first within the system to provide telemedicine psychiatry. Students who are referred to a psychiatrist are linked to an off-campus doctor through a secure video-conferencing system at the H. Rajender Reddy Health Center. Referrals are made through the health center.
TELEMEDICINE AROUND THE WORLD
India: Telemedicine Catches Up Deccan Chronicle Telemedicine, a technology that makes the doctor in a city diagnose a patient in other city, with the help of videoconference and tools that are able to analyse the patient’s condition is becoming popular in Indian cities.
Telemedicine Has an Easier Pathway Outside the U.S. Roll Call The U.S. lags behind in acceptance due to varying state and federal restrictions, but European regulations are simpler and telemedicine increased in Israel after health authorities relaxed guidelines.
Dubai Health Authority Introduces Telemedicine for Diabetic Eye-checkups Zawya HE. Eng. Essa Al Maidoor, Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority, said: "Diabetics who visit the DHA facilities will no longer have to go to an ophthalmologist for their annual eye check-ups. Every diabetic clinic in DHA primary healthcare centres are fitted with digital retinal cameras.
U.S. TELEMEDICINE LEGISLATION
(Hawaii) SB2469. Telehealth; Insurance; Health Care Providers; Reimbursement: Introduced January 21, 2014, Requires reimbursement for services provided through telemedicine to be equivalent to reimbursement for the same services provided via face-to-face contact between a health care provider and a patient.
(Maryland) SB198. Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Telemedicine: This bill would amend the state’s law regarding Medicaid coverage of telemedicine. It would remove restrictions, such as requiring the use of telemedicine only in the case of providing for the treatment of cardiovascular disease or stroke; in emergency department settings and when an appropriate specialist is not available. If passed, this bill would take effect October 1, 2014.
(Washington) HB1448. Regarding Telemedicine. Re-introduced January 13, 2014, this bill will be amending RCW 70.41.020 and 2 70.41.230; adding a new section to chapter 41.05 RCW; adding a new 3 section to chapter 48.43 RCW; creating new sections; and providing an 4 effective date.
S. 1932: Better Care, Lower Cost Act: Introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR] in January 2014, the goal of this bill is to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a Medicare Better Care Program to provide integrated care for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions, and for other purposes.
H.R. 6719 TeleHealth Promotion Act: Introduced by Rep. Thompson (D-Calif.) in late 2012, the goal of this bill was to prevent readmission and help with interstate licensing. It was introduced Dec. 30, 2012, but not enacted.
H.R. 3077: TELE-MED Act of 2013 (Introduced Sept. 10, 2013): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit certain Medicare providers licensed in a State to provide telemedicine services to certain Medicare beneficiaries in a different State.
H.R. 3306 Telehealth Enhancement Act of 2013: Introduced by Reps. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), along with Reps. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.). It was introduced on Oct. 22 with the goal of promoting and expanding the application of telehealth under Medicare and other federal healthcare programs.