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May 27, 2008

Telehealth Market Expected To Grow Over Next Few Years

Source: Medical News Today

The Home Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring market is currently close to a $5.6 billion level and will continue to grow at close to 70% for at least the next three to five years, according to a new strategic report published by Insight and Intelligence, a Mary Ann Liebert company. Insight and Intelligence interviewed industry leaders, conducted surveys, utilized government and other agency databases, as well as reviews of published literature to provide an in-depth look at the home telehealth and remote patient monitoring market segment of the telemedicine industry.

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TELEHEALTH For Pulmonary Rehab

Source: Medical News Today

A program that delivers pulmonary rehabilitation via video-conferencing technology, the internet and other emerging technologies to patients who live too far from respiratory therapy centers to make the twice-weekly trip improves their clinical condition, outcome and quality of life in just eight weeks, according to a study to be presented at the American Thoracic Society's 2008 International Conference in Toronto on Tuesday, May 20.

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Real Time, Face-to-Face Doctor Visits Now Available Online

Source: PR Newswire

MDWebLive.com, offering live video medical consultations via webcam between patients and board-certified doctors from multiple specialties has been launched in Miami by AmeriGroup Holdings, Inc. The service allows patients the opportunity to interact with their doctors from home, office, hotel or anywhere else in the world.

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Telephone-based medical consults offer true value to market

Source: Liebert Online

The telephone plays a major role in answering the call for accessible, affordable and convenient healthcare, according to a roundtable discussion in the May issue of Telemedicine and e-Health. The roundtable, which features participants such as National Health Policy Council Chairperson Richard Boxer, M.D., Internet Global and the Texas Acceleration Group founder Michael Gorton, and Galen Institute President Grace-Marie Turner, notes that telephone-based medical consultations offer a way for doctors to make more money and for patients to pay less, without loss of care quality. Healthcare accessibility is greatly improved, doctors can make the most of their time in terms of treating patients, and there is tremendous cost savings for physicians and patients, according to roundtable participants. "The potential for telemedicine in the public and private sector is enormous," Boxer said. "We're just beginning to scratch the surface with this."

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An economic analysis of email-based telemedicine: a cost minimisation study of two service models

Source: 7th Space

Email-based telemedicine has been reported to be an efficient method of delivering online health services to patients at a distance and is often described as a low-cost form of telemedicine. The service may be low-cost if the healthcare organisation utilise their existing email infrastructure to provide their telemedicine service.

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Doctors to provide online consultations in war areas

Source: Chicago Tribune

A volunteer effort to link health professionals in war-torn areas of the world with specialized physicians who can provide consultations via the Internet will be unveiled Friday at a Chicago conference.

The alliance, led by the Chicago-based Center for International Rehabilitation, hopes to sign up 300 volunteer doctors who will do 1,000 consultations in the first year.

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Online pharmacy Accessrx.com Partners with Premier Telemedicine – The Future of Telemedicine

Source: TransWorldNews

Accessrx.com, the web’s leading online pharmacy since 1999, has just announced a partnership with Premiere Telemedicine.  Premiere Telemedicine is the new health clinic that overseas Accessrx.com’s extensive medical questionnaire.

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