A New Jersey provider is testing out telemedicine services in its skilled-nursing facilities, in the hope that it might cut back on unnecessary ER visits.
On its face, this process seems so simple, especially given technology advances lately. Kids do it, even grandmas and grandpas are doing it. So why can't the U.S. medical community do it better?
The Federal Communications Commission wants to lift its $400 million annual spending limit on a program designed to support broadband connectivity for rural healthcare providers.
New Mexico settles with former LTC ombudsman who claimed she was fired for advocacy ... Senate passes bill making cross-state telemedicine available to VA providers ...Previous falls are best predictor of future fracture, regardless of other risks
Last week's vote could threaten provider and senior access to critical telemedicine tools
State telemedicine laws may leave healthcare providers in a state of billing confusion over what services are covered, some observers say.
What are your thoughts on the rising attention given to telemedicine? Are we more at risk, using clinicians miles away and viewing resident conditions and records off-site? What precautions or pre-conditions to adopting it should we take?
UPMC Enterprises has started Curavi Health as a company providing a new telemedicine solution and physician care for nursing homes.
Despite new research suggesting that a majority of U.S. adults - 56% - now embrace using a connected device at home to monitor health and share data with caregivers, telemedicine may not be the savior some forecast it to be, according to a study by Mayo Clinic and Purdue University scientists.
Isn't it funny how something can't be done until someone comes along and does it?
The quickest, and most dangerous, way to dismiss the concept of telemedicine in long-term care is to envision it as a physician or nurse sitting in front of a computer with an elderly resident on the other side. Wrong, just like the notion that telemedicine probably isn't for you.
Medline Industries announced a partnership with Telemedicine Solutions and the WoundRounds wound management solution.
In a recent Wall Street Journal article, the author described how hospitals are using interactive video to give patients more access to medical care. So why not nursing homes?
So does anyone remember the cartoon "The Jetsons"? You know, George and Jane, daughter Judy, son Elroy and, of course, the dog, Astro. It's kind of fun to see how their 1960s and 1980s syndicated views of the futureare turning out. (I love Nick at Nite).
Telemedicine reduces nursing homes' hospital readmissions if staff engagement is high, researchers findFebruary 04, 2014
Skilled nursing facilities that implement a telemedicine service and teach staff to use it could reduce their hospital readmissions, but current payment systems do not encourage this, according to a forthcoming study in Health Affairs.
When a resident of a skilled nursing facility has an acute event after hours or on weekends, the on-site nurse will generally call the patient's primary care physician. Over the telephone, the nurse will attempt to describe the resident's condition to his or her physician. Then the physician, in the middle of his Saturday at the zoo with his family, or at 3 a.m. (still trying to wake up), has to make a judgment call about whether the resident needs to go to the hospital.
Golden LivingCenter-Indianapolis uses AlixaRx system to reduce antipsychotics, earning the SNF a top McKnight's tech awardOctober 03, 2013
From reducing off-label use of antipsychotics to better antibiotic stewardship, medication management is at the forefront of today's long-term care challenges. And Golden LivingCenter-Indianapolis is in the vanguard of facilities tackling this challenge in innovative ways. For this, the skilled nursing facility received top honors in the McKnight's Excellence in Technology awards.
Medicare will stick with reimbursing only one telehealth visit per month for skilled nursing facility residents, according to a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Medicare will continue to reimburse only one telehealth visit per month for skilled nursing facility residents, according to a recent proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The proposed physician fee schedule for 2014 seeks to expand telehealth in other healthcare settings.
Recognizing the need to bring down hospital readmissions, AristaCare turned to eSNF's telemedicine solution a year ago. In seven out of 10 cases in which eSNF is used, an admission is avoided, says Steve Piszar, vice president of managed care and physician services at AristaCare.
States should allow a broader scope of practice among healthcare providers to improve access to care, rather than have the federal government base Medicare payment adjustments around geographic locations, an Institute of Medicine analysis says.
Telemedicine will play a much larger role in healthcare during 2012, according to a recent report from Euro RSCG. Among its growing uses: remote monitoring of chronic conditions, transmitting scans and tests for analysis -- and real-time interaction via teleconsultations. The158-page report also sees governments paying more attention to diabetes management. "The transformation of health will continue to accelerate, getting bigger as companies scale beyond traditional borders," said Larry Mickelberg, a spokesman for Havas Worldwide Health. "We have the opportunity to marry these new streams with more traditional health communications and power better health experiences," he noted.
A pilot study in one Rhode Island health system is testing a telemedicine system to improve depression in nursing home rehabilitation residents.
Most facility operators responding to a new survey say that their next technology-related purchase will be an e-prescribing system. That's according to findings relayed in yesterday's McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast, "Surveying the technology landscape."