Healthcare providers in Australia now have access to a telemedicine solution that combines secure messaging with video conferencing services.
The solutions provide healthcare professionals, facilities and patients with highly secure and user-friendly interoperable technology. Through video conferencing solutions, physicians and specialists can make video conference consultations with general practitioners and patients. These interactions can take place in real-time, resulting in improved patient care and cost reductions.
In addition, healthcare providers in India working together with advanced communication technology to open up telemedicine centers in urban slums throughout the country that notoriously suffer from subpar healthcare. These telemedicine centers will be staffed by nurses, medical testing equipment and a laptop with video conferencing capabilities, The New York Times reported.
Patients can schedule a doctor’s visit at the center, and consult with a doctor via video conferencing services to discuss symptoms and recommended care. Nurses will be able to measure vital signs such as blood pressure and heartbeat at the center, then transmit the results directly to the remote doctor using video conferencing and an electronic medical record system. Once the files have been reviewed, the doctor can make a recommendation to the patient, the source reported.
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Healthcare providers in Australia now have access to a telemedicine solution that combines secure messaging with video conferencing services.
The service’s new iPhone and Android video apps for patient/physician video conferencing make non-emergency doctor visits as easy as FaceTime.
January 05, 2012 West Hollywood, CA via EmailWire.com — Ringadoc, the revolutionary telephone-based medical consultation service, is pleased to announce the release of their apps for online doctor video consultations for iPhone and Android smartphones. Ringadoc gives patients direct access to talk to a doctor for medical consultations over any phone, from any location, with complete audio and video conferencing.
Every day, healthcare costs continue to rise, as demand outgrows the supply of physicians. However, according to the American Medical Association, as many as 70 percent of doctor and ER visits are informational and do not require in-person consultations with physicians.
“Through the use of the latest communications technology and the ubiquitous smartphone, Ringadoc has been able to simultaneously enhance healthcare while saving patients time and money with a telephone-based consultation method,” says Jordan Michaels, company CEO. “With the addition of our new iPhone and Android video consultation apps, the service is far and away as effective as traditional office visits in non-emergency consultations.”
Powered by an instant connectivity platform built for the healthcare industry, Ringadoc enables patients to easily and quickly call a doctor hotline when facing a non-urgent medical illness. The service’s doctors will be able to provide medical advice, diagnose an illness, suggest treatment, and when necessary, prescribe medications for non-emergency illnesses.
Ringadoc’s physicians are highly trained, with active state licenses, board certifications in family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology, and at least ten years of experience. All patient data is stored in an encrypted, HIPAA-compliant personal electronic health record (EHR) format. The EHR is created and controlled by the patient, and only their consulting doctor can access this information with the patient’s permission. Ringadoc employs advanced security technologies to safeguard both billing and health records.
“Our physicians are available 24/7/365 and fluent in English and Spanish,” says Michaels. “They’re tech-savvy industry specialists who can provide medical advice and treatment through the latest mobile devices as well as any regular phone.”
Callers can access the new Ringadoc online doctor service on mobile phones with a front-facing camera: an online doctor with the new Ringadoc iPhone video app, which is available for Apple iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2 iPod Touch 4G, and a variety of Android devices. Medical consultations on both the voice and video services cost a flat rate of $39.99; prepaid plans bring the cost per consultation down to just $19.99. For more information, please visit http://www.ringadoc.com.
Veterans who are hundreds of miles away from the nearest VA hospital are now able to be “seen” by a VA physician without having to leave their home. Thanks to modern technology, many different types of exams and clinic visits can be done using real-time videoconferencing, saving patients long drives and long waits.
Home Telehealth (CCHT) is a service available to veteran patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart failure, high blood pressure, and mental illness. Veterans with these illnesses can be monitored at home using telehealth technology, often delaying or preventing veterans from being admitted into long-term care facilities. This particular program provides services that include:
*Vital sign monitoring
*Medication management & adherence
*Socialization and caregiver support
For home telehealth, the type of home technology selected is individualized for each veteran, and a “Care Coordinator” is assigned to the patient. The care coordinator is usually a registered nurse or social worker who manages patients with the technology to meet their complex medical and social needs. This program helps keep veteran patients as independent as possible for as long as possible.
The cost of CCHT averages $1,600 per annum, and this has been compared with the $13,121 per annum for VHA’s home-based primary care service and $77,745 per annum for private nursing home care. Information on patient satisfaction with CCHT-based care is collected from patients every 3 months. Surveys in 2006 and 2007 found a mean satisfaction score of 86%.
Telehealth technologies are only one of several services that the VA provides at their PolyTrauma Rehab Centers located in Tampa FL, Minneapolis MN, Richmond VA, and Palo Alto CA. These particular sites help improve access to care for combat wounded veterans who have multiple injuries by arranging for them to receive their care closer to home.
Read Related Article: The Veterans Health Administration’s CCHT Programme – mainstreamed home telehealth and care coordination
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Peter Tuerk, a psychologist and the associate director of the post-traumatic stress disorder clinical team at the Charleston, South Carolina,V.A. Medical Center was recently given a national award for his use of video conferencing to conduct therapy with veterans who cannot make it to the hospital for treatment.
Next Gov reports that Tuerk recently received a national V.A. award for his pioneering work and his contributions to rehabilitation and improvement in the quality-of-life of war-injured veterans.
Tuerk practices exposure therapy, an approach that gradually relives the traumatic events in a nonthreatening setting with a therapist. But the therapy requires easy access to a clinician, which is not always available to many veterans, particularly those living in isolated, rural areas.
The Army Times reports that the Army is providing the most tele-mental healthcare of any of the services, according to Greg Gahm of the Pentagon’s National Center for Tele-Health and Technology. At Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., there is a network of 50 providers who deliver care via video conference to personnel at clinics in the northeast.
Using video conferencing to improve her quality of life. Mrs. Marilyn McBeth was having a terrible time swallowing after a long illness. She was choking and coughing on food and was frustrated because she was missing her favorite foods, not getting enough nourishment and embarrassed to eat at a restaurant. Her provider suggested working with a speech therapist to improve her swallowing function.
She lives near Lima and traveling to Dayton was not an easy option for her. The Lima CBOC doesn’t have a speech therapist but the Telehealth program came to the rescue suggesting the Telespeech Program. Mrs. McBeth worked with therapist, Heidi Williams, by videoconference. “Mrs. McBeth was very motivated to improve but the distance was a problem, Heidi stated. “ I would send her exercises and we would practice them together by video.”
Now Physicians can improve their care and offer more convenience because they can consult between clinics using VIA3 Video Conference
VIA3 Video Conference increases personnel flexibility for doctors, employees and their patients by removing the constraints of physically being at each clinic. By allowing a patient to schedule an appointment at one clinic while consulting with their doctor who’s at another location brings a new level of care and convenience to a physicians practice.
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- Using VIA3 you can check in with your patients in between visits
- Save yourself and your patient’s transportation time and costs
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Patients of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) who live far away have better options when it comes to medical care thanks to a new telemedicine program being used in its Anesthesiology Pre-Operative Evaluation Clinic (POEC).
“Telemedicine is an invaluable tool in health care. Where distance and travel are critical, telemedicine plays a big role in delivering effective health care services to our Veterans, utilizing modern technology and communications,” said Prasad Atluri, M.D., Anesthesiology Service Line executive and professor of Anesthesiology at Baylor College of Medicine.
Telemedicine is the ability to provide interactive health care using modern, video technology. It allows patients to visit with their health care providers and receive immediate care.
Using a special computer connected to a large monitor, a high definition camera, a microphone, and headphones, Anesthesiology POEC staff members are able to perform pre-surgery exams from Houston while the patient is comfortably located in an exam room at a remote outpatient clinic.
“We want to make sure patients are appropriately evaluated and prepared for surgery,” said Sandi-McBean, R.N. “With anesthesia, the most important things we check for are the heart, lungs, and airway. In a telemedicine visit, we listen to their heart and lungs through headphones. With the help of a nurse, we are able to check the patient’s airway by focusing the camera inside their mouth.”
Decreasing the patient’s commute usually reduces the patient’s stress tremendously.
“For many patients, telemedicine saves the patient the time and aggravation driving into Houston from outlying areas,” said Belinda Hadnot, PEOC Program specialist. “For out-of-state patients, this saves significant time and money previously spent on air fare and lodging.”
Telemedicine visits at the Anesthesiology PEOC started this past July at the Beaumont VA Outpatient Clinic, but plans are in the works to have it available at all seven Houston-area VA clinics. The decision to fund this project was made because of the myriad of benefits the telemedicine program provides.
The POEC assists patients with pre-operative work-up prior to being admitted to the hospital. This helps patients prepare for a safe surgery process so patients can quickly return to normal activities of daily living and family.
“Telemedicine allows health care providers more time to spend on continuity of care,” said South Central VA Healthcare Network Director George “Buzz” Gray at a recent MEDVAMC Town Hall Meeting. “It decreases parking headaches and waiting times. Care delayed is not the type of care that we want to provide.”
Patients have noticed the difference.
“Telemedicine has made getting health care easier for me,” said Marine Corps Veteran Ronald Broussard, who recently took part in a telemedicine visit. “The service I received today was great; I would do it again.”
Members of the POEC staff say the time saved by conducting telemedicine visits has proved invaluable in continuing to make the VA the health care provider of choice.
“The telemedicine visit today probably saved Mr. Broussard hours,” said Leslie Yarmush, M.D., Anesthesiology POEC director. “It saved him the time stress of driving and then finding a place to park. He is the 23rd patient we have conducted a telemedicine visit with. So far, all of the patients absolutely love it.”
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Signed into law on October 7th by Governor Jerry Brown, California Assembly Bill AB 415, “The Telehealth Advancement Act of 2011,” will make it easier for healthcare providers to use telehealth in the treatment of patients, especially in underserved areas of the state.
Sponsored by Assemblyman Dan Logue (R-Linda) in concert with the California State Rural Health Association and the Center for Connected Health Policy, AB 415 is supported by a wide array of stakeholders in the healthcare arena and received strong bipartisan support from throughout the state.
“Telehealth has the potential to cut costs, increase access, and improve the quality of health care in California,” commented Logue. “California has been a leader in this area and AB 415 continues to move us forward.”
AB 415 will break down several barriers in California law in order to increase the use of telehealth in the delivery of healthcare and remove obsolete provisions pertaining to this expanding mode of healthcare delivery. Specifically, it will remove requirements to obtain additional, written informed consent and to document a barrier to an in-person visit prior to using telehealth through Medi-Cal. The law will also eliminate restrictions on the type of settings where telehealth may be used and on reimbursement for email or telephone consultations.
Another key provision in AB 415 is the replacement of the term “telemedicine” in statute with the broader and more appropriate term “telehealth” – currently in practice today.
Finally, the law clarifies state policy to allow California healthcare facilities to utilize a streamlined telehealth credentialing process recently approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
“This was a tremendous example of state-wide collaboration involving many organizations sharing a common goal,” said Center for Telehealth Vice President Jana Katz-Bell. “We also appreciated the support and expertise of our colleagues at CTeL who provided important insights as the legislation progressed. We are very pleased with the outcome.”
Today’s technology dramatically improves patient access to specialty care and provides for interaction and training between leading medical professionals and their colleague in remote locations. Underserved areas suffer from acute shortages in medical, dental, and other related professions. Telehealth helps bridge that gap through cost-effective technology that greatly benefits both the healthcare providers and the patients.
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NEW standards for video consultations and information security have been released by the RACGP, giving GPs a framework to apply to the Medicare telehealth item numbers launched in July.
The college launched its new Standards for Video Consultations and Computer and Information Security Standards yesterday at the GP11 conference in Hobart.
In the absence of standards to abide by since the launch of the MBS items for telehealth, GPs had been advised by Medicare to simply ensure they were confident their method of delivering the service was capable of providing secure, reliable and private consultations.
RACGP Telehealth Standards Taskforce chair Dr Mike Civil said video consultations were a new form of healthcare delivery for general practices and the college standards would help GPs interpret the safety and quality issues.
“The RACGP welcomes the improved accessibility that video consultations are expected to deliver and these new standards are an example of the college’s e-health initiatives in the primary healthcare setting,” he said.
The standards provide guidelines on the process for identifying participants in video consultations, whether a video consultation is appropriate for the patient, risk management protocols and privacy and security of the consultation and data.
RACGP National Standing Committee e-health chair Dr John Bennett said the computer and information security standards would support GPs to implement good information management systems.
The new standards, along with a workbook and checklist for general practice have been designed as a self-assessment guide and meet international standards in health information security as well as the national privacy principles.
“It can be a challenge to find external security experts and technical service providers who understand the business of delivering care in the general practice environment,” Dr Bennet said.
“The standards include aspects such as governance processes, understanding the risks to information, good planning and implementing appropriate security measures. The accompanying workbook is a tool to assist the practice record the essential information needed to put in place effective computer and information security.”
article by 7th Oct 2011 Mark O’Brien