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April 27, 2009

Bipartisan bill would increase access to telemedicine

Source: Time-standard.com

North Coast congressmen Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, and others from both sides of the political aisle introduced bipartisan legislation that would significantly increase the availability of telemedicine for all Americans.

Currently, about 80 percent of Americans do not have access to telemedicine facilities because of restrictions that limit funding for these types of facilities to rural areas, according to a press release from Thompson's office.

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Healthy Growth for Wireless Patient Monitoring - Telehealth opportunities for monitoring patient information gaining momentum

Source: Mobile Tech News

The impact of the economic downturn and the ever-growing cost burdens the healthcare industry have taken on, has had somewhat of a positive effect on driving opportunities for the use of wireless technologies within the healthcare industry forward. By investing in telehealth opportunities, a new positive pro-active approach, offers potential cost and time saving benefits when monitoring patients who are suffering from chronic diseases and/or ageing independently.

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Telemedicine could also play role in prison, public clinic care

Source: Modern Healthcare

In response to reader commentary on the Health IT Strategist reader poll: "Should the secretary of HHS use the authority granted to her/him under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to use public funds to develop an electronic health-record system appropriate for public health clinic providers?":I agree with Rebecca Kush that public health clinics should be federally funded, as should county jail electronic health records.But let's not forget telemedicine as a method of quality care. Telemedical capabilities in prisons and other settings offer the prospect of expanding access to healthcare providers. Information about persons who need treatment and/or diagnostic services can be transmitted rapidly to physicians or other healthcare providers located in other parts of the world.

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New York State Uses Telemedicine To Treat Stroke Patients

Source: iHealthBeat

An increasing number of medical facilities in New York are using telemedicine to treat stroke patients remotely, the Buffalo News reports.

In 2006, New York launched a telemedicine initiative aimed at addressing the shortage of neurologists and neurosurgeons in rural areas. The program uses a technology called REACH, or Remote Evaluation of Acute Ischemic Stroke, to connect hospitals and assess patients' risks.

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Rural Telehealth Projects to Receive $46 Million in FCC Funding

Source: Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law

With the recent allocation of increased federal dollars, rural telehealth projects will soon be getting a significant boost. Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it had earmarked $46 million through its Rural Health Care Pilot Program for the further development of broadband telehealth networks.

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WV Rural Patients Get Increased Access to Specialists Via Telemedicine

Source: Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law

For young rural patients who suffer from disorders, like epilepsy or diabetes, that require constant specialist monitoring, receiving necessary care often means long, tiring, and frequently costly trips to providers in larger cities. However, one established West Virginia telehealth program is making it far easier for patients to connect with specialists in distant areas.

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REACH Call Expands Telestroke Network, Executive Team

Source: Business Wire

REACH Call, Inc., the leading provider of 100 percent Web-based solutions for remote treatment of medical conditions such as stroke, continues to expand both its network and its executive team.

Nirav Desai has joined REACH Call as Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. Based in Chicago, Desai is responsible for the design, development and implementation of marketing, public relations, and product strategies. He also will lead business development initiatives and manage strategic partnerships.

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ExpressMD(TM) Solutions' Remote Patient Health Monitoring Device Receives 510(K) Market Clearance Approval From FDA

Source: Trading Markets

ExpressMD(TM) Solutions, a joint venture formed by Authentidate Holding Corp. and EncounterCare Solutions, Inc. to provide remote patient monitoring telehealth systems and services that improve care for patients with chronic conditions announced today that its remote patient health monitoring system has received 510(k) market clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). ExpressMD(TM) plans to initiate manufacturing and sales of its Electronic House Call(TM) monitoring devices and services immediately.

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