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May 22, 2008

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.


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.


Online pharmacy Partners with Premier Telemedicine – The Future of Telemedicine

Source: TransWorldNews, 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’s extensive medical questionnaire.


RTX Healthcare Launches New Wireless Telehealth Monitor

Source: Red Orbit

RTX Healthcare has announced a new member to the family of interactive telehealth monitors, which allows healthcare system integrators and disease management companies to effectively monitor patients at home.

The new RTX3371 GSM/GPRS telehealth monitor collects vital signs wirelessly from external devices and subjective patient information from patient questionnaires and transmits the data directly to the system integrator or disease management company's own clinical information system. The collected vital signs include weight, blood pressure, blood glucose, peak flow, SpO2, ECG, blood coagulation and others.


PA legislator introduces telemedicine reimbursement bill


Pennsylvania State Rep. Mark Cohen has introduced legislation requiring the state's medical assistance program to reimburse telemedicine services to medical assistance patients at Medicaid rates. Cohen said telemedicine is becoming more widely used to meet the needs of underserved populations, including people living in rural and remote areas, low-income and uninsured residents, and those enrolled in Medicaid. Unlike many states, Pennsylvania does not offer Medicaid reimbursements for telemedicine services. "These services cost less than office visits and are generally used when office visits are deemed unnecessary," Cohen said. "Telemedicine lowers healthcare costs, is more convenient to patients by saving travel time and gas money, and allows providers to handle more patients." Cohen's bill (H.B. 2545) has been referred to the House Health and Human Services Committee for review.


Arkansas implements telemedicine program for at-risk infants

Source: University of Arkansas for Medical Services

The University of Arkansas for Medical Services (UAMS) in Little Rock, AR has implemented a statewide program offering telemedicine-based care for at-risk newborns. Doctors at south Arkansas hospitals in the cities of El Dorado, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, and Johnson can access neonatologists at UAMS and Arkansas Children's Hospital at any time for help treating newborns with a low birth weight or other urgent medical problems, according to Dr. Curtis Lowery, chairperson of the UAMS obstetrics and gynecology department. Four hospitals are network members thus far, and eight more are expected to join by the end of the year. Lowery said the system is expected to reduce deaths of low birth weight in Arkansas; the state ranked 11th nationwide in such deaths as of 2006, according to the Arkansas State Health Department.


Remote care to drive healthcare wireless market, not hospitals

Source: Healthcare IT News

While hospitals in the United States and Europe are increasingly using wireless technology to automate patient care, it is technology supporting remote care that will drive the market for wireless-based medical devices and applications, says a new report.

The report - "Wireless Healthcare 2008" - by British consulting firm Wireless Healthcare, examines three key areas of online healthcare: telehealth technologies for senior citizens, remote care and diagnostics, and the increasing penetration of the healthcare market by the consumer electronics industry.


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