webside manner

Lights, Camera, Action Webside Manner – Take One

Telemedicine provides an amazing opportunity for a medical provider to provide quality patient care from a remote location.  The medical provider has access to an array of devices for checking a patient’s vital medical information. It’s all you need…..or is it? Studies upon studies have shown the importance of patient interaction and etiquette.  With good reason,…

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Technology Trends and Telemedicine

Technology Trends and Telemedicine in 2018

When Did It All Begin?Most people do not realize it, but the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has contributed enormously to our lives and to the world of medicine. In fact, the Space Program was the foundation on which telemedicine was born.  In the 1960s, NASA used technology to measure the health and well-being…

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Medicare Penalty on Hospital Readmissions

Telemedicine – The Solution to the Medicare Penalty on Hospital Readmissions

Withholding Medicare ReimbursementIn November 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced an update to the initiative to reduce return hospitalizations for skilled nursing facilities (SNF). Starting in October 2018, there will be a 2 percent withholding of Medicare reimbursements for SNFs with higher occurrences of patients that are re-hospitalized within 30 days…

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Telehealth Champions

Telehealth’s Quest for Champions

No matter how clear their benefit, both technology and medicine still require the voices of champions in order to reach the public. Telehealth uses the one to practice the other remotely, via the internet and videoconferencing. Its benefits could not be clearer and yet the practice is still establishing itself in the healthcare industry. If…

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Telemedicine Eliminates Emergency Room Visits

Telemedicine Eliminates Emergency Room Visits

Ever since the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) was passed in 1986, anyone who visits the ER must be seen by a physician, regardless of their condition. By 2015, the American Medical Association would find that 40 to 55% of emergency room visits could be resolved by a mere phone call with a…

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Telehealth for Fall Prevention

Nursing Home Administrators Turn to Telehealth for Fall Prevention

People place their parents in nursing homes with the hope that their twilight years will pass by peacefully and pleasantly. Anything from derangement or diminishment of the senses to dementia to medication side effects may intervene and create a fall risk. Nurses and resident aides spend every waking minute monitoring the elderly with the knowledge…

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Telehealth Innovations

Six Telehealth Innovations That Inspire Us

As fun as it is to add puppy ears to a selfie and send it to a friend, we all can agree that the marvels of digital technology we carry in our pockets were meant for so much more. Telehealth harnesses the full capabilities of such devices in service of our health and well-being. Still,…

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New Jersey Telemedicine Law

Understanding the New Jersey Telemedicine Law

Last year we featured an article, Proposed Bill Addresses Use of Telemedicine in NJ, that described the proposed 53-page bill to define telemedicine in accordance with New Jersey state law.  In August 2017, Governor Christie signed the bill (SB 291) and the law went into effect on July 21, 2017. This article summarizes and explains how…

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Cancer Survivors Find Community Thanks To Telehealth

Cancer Survivors Find Community Thanks To Telehealth

According to the National Cancer Institute, the overall cancer death rate has declined, which means the number of cancer survivors has increased. That alone is terrific news. Of course, a closer look at statistics will reveal there is still much work to be done. In the meantime, telehealth companies are in a perfect position to…

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VA Telehealth Expansion

VA Telehealth Expansion Blocked By State Licensing Laws

One of telehealth’s biggest proponents is The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. The benefits to PTSD survivors alone is reason enough for their support. VA already wants to make telehealth part of its daily operations but claims that state licensing laws are still an issue. Current laws dictate that physicians must be licensed in the state…

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