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Telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient's health. Electronic communication means the use of interactive telecommunications equipment that includes, at a minimum, audio and video equipment permitting two-way, real time interactive communication between the patient, and the physician or practitioner at the distant site. Telemedicine is viewed as a cost-effective alternative to the more traditional face-to-face way of providing medical care (e.g., face-to-face consultations or examinations between provider and patient).
BIDMC, Pan American Health Organization partner to advance eHealth in Latin America, Caribbean

BIDMC, Pan American Health Organization partner to advance eHealth in Latin America, Caribbean

The Division of Clinical Informatics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / World Health Organization have signed a framework agreement to collaborate in supporting the advancement of eHealth in Latin America and the Caribbean. BIDMC efforts will be led by Director of Global Health Informatics Yuri Quintana, PhD. [More]
UT Southwestern study to evaluate new protocols designed to treat stroke patients using telemedicine

UT Southwestern study to evaluate new protocols designed to treat stroke patients using telemedicine

A UT Southwestern Medical Center study to evaluate nursing protocols designed to better triage and treat stroke patients using telemedicine will be the first study using a new consortium of medical centers. [More]
UC San Diego's Comprehensive Stroke Center receives Gold Plus Award

UC San Diego's Comprehensive Stroke Center receives Gold Plus Award

When someone experiences a major stroke, almost two million nerve cells in the brain die each minute, emphasizing the need for rapid treatment. Stroke patients who receive life-saving interventions more quickly have a higher chance of recovery. A recent data analysis showed the Comprehensive Stroke Center at UC San Diego Medical Center exceeded national average treatment times, and as a result, has received a "Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award" from The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. [More]
Telemedicine brings prehospital thrombolysis closer

Telemedicine brings prehospital thrombolysis closer

Telemedicine allows prehospital stroke assessment and thrombolysis without the need for a neurologist at the scene, a study shows. [More]
Patients and providers satisfied with video-based health care, shows study

Patients and providers satisfied with video-based health care, shows study

More than 50 million Americans live in rural areas, and many have limited access to health care. For someone living far from an urban area, local specialty care for complex health issues is difficult, if not impossible, to obtain. For years, telemedicine programs across the country have connected rural patients to specialists in urban settings. Now, a study by University of Missouri School of Medicine researchers shows that patients and providers alike are satisfied with video-based health care. [More]
International telepathology consultations can improve patient care in China, study finds

International telepathology consultations can improve patient care in China, study finds

International telepathology consultations can significantly improve patient care, according to a new study by UPMC and KingMed Diagnostics researchers. Their review of more than 1,500 pathology cases submitted electronically to UPMC over three years found that consultation with UPMC pathologists resulted in significantly altered treatment plans for more than half of the cases in which a patient's primary diagnosis had been provided from referring hospitals in China. [More]

DaVincian Healthcare forms strategic partnerships to improve patient outcomes in rural and remote areas

DaVincian Healthcare, a leading innovator in the mobile health and wellness industry, today announced strategic partnerships with social welfare and global technology companies to help remotely connect healthcare providers with patients in need, particularly those in rural and remote areas of the world. [More]
CWRU awarded two NIH grants to create pathology image informatics platform

CWRU awarded two NIH grants to create pathology image informatics platform

Case Western Reserve University researchers have been awarded two grants totaling $3.16 million from the National Institutes of Health to create analytic software for managing, annotating, sharing and analyzing digital pathology imaging data. [More]
Dusseldorf will be the meeting point for MEDICA and COMPAMED this week

Dusseldorf will be the meeting point for MEDICA and COMPAMED this week

In the coming week, from 16 to 19 November 2015, Düsseldorf will again become the central meeting point of the international health business. Then, for the first time on the new set of dates from Monday to Thursday (previously: Wednesday to Saturday), the world’s largest medical trade fair, MEDICA, and the international leading supplier specialist trade fair, COMPAMED taking place at the same time, are going to start. [More]
Loyola Medicine, Palos Community Hospital jointly launch innovative telemedicine program

Loyola Medicine, Palos Community Hospital jointly launch innovative telemedicine program

Loyola Medicine and Palos Community Hospital launched today an innovative telemedicine program that enables specialists from Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood to assist Palos physicians in diagnosing and treating strokes in patients at Palos Community. [More]
New study examines link between sexting behavior, relationship satisfaction among married couples

New study examines link between sexting behavior, relationship satisfaction among married couples

Married couples do report sexting, but it is much less common than in young adult relationships and consists more of intimate talk with their partners than sending nude or nearly nude photos via mobile phones, according to a new study published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. [More]
Research provides novel insight into potential new therapeutic targets for triple-negative breast cancer

Research provides novel insight into potential new therapeutic targets for triple-negative breast cancer

Recent laboratory findings provide novel insight into potential new therapeutic approaches for triple-negative breast cancer, a particularly difficult to treat and aggressive form of the disease. [More]
Digital health app facilitates early detection, treatment of COPD exacerbation symptoms

Digital health app facilitates early detection, treatment of COPD exacerbation symptoms

A digital health application for reporting symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) facilitated early detection and treatment of COPD exacerbation symptoms, according to an analysis from the Temple Lung Center published by Telemedicine and eHealth. [More]
ARC Telehealth System allows fertility patients connect with medical professionals through mobile devices

ARC Telehealth System allows fertility patients connect with medical professionals through mobile devices

ARC Fertility today announced its Telehealth System, designed to help fertility patients connect with medical professionals via mobile devices to improve communication, speed treatment and increase quality of care. [More]
New review article discusses benefits, limitations of current screening mammography practices

New review article discusses benefits, limitations of current screening mammography practices

While screening mammography has a well-established history of reducing death from breast cancer and enabling earlier detection of breast disease, questions regarding overtreatment and overdiagnosis have entered the screening debate. [More]
BWH partners with MCHS to develop unique fetal program

BWH partners with MCHS to develop unique fetal program

Experts from BWH will partner with MCHS to provide recommendations related to the development of the program, including establishing a high-risk-fetal labor and delivery unit at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, slated to open in 2017, as well as guidance on clinical protocols and opportunities for training and education. [More]
Temple-led study shows benefits of using digital health application for COPD patients

Temple-led study shows benefits of using digital health application for COPD patients

Early intervention facilitated by a digital health application for reporting symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) provides key benefits for patients, according to the results of a Temple-led, two-year clinical study. [More]
ICDs with automated pulmonary congestion alert do not improve outcomes in heart failure patients

ICDs with automated pulmonary congestion alert do not improve outcomes in heart failure patients

Heart failure patients whose implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) include an automated alert when too much fluid accumulates in their lungs did not have improved outcomes compared to patients with regular ICDs, according to results of the OPTILINK HF trial. [More]
Research with UWF imaging may change how diabetic eye disease is assessed and treated

Research with UWF imaging may change how diabetic eye disease is assessed and treated

For decades, clinicians have detected and monitored diabetic eye disease with standard retinal photographs that cover about a third of the retina. In recent years, an emerging class of ultrawide field (UWF) cameras has given a substantially larger view of the retina, providing new insight on the presentation and natural history of retinal disease. [More]

The Iowa Clinic selects TCS' VirtuMedix platform to provide secure telemedicine services to family medicine patients

TeleCommunication Systems, a world leader in secure and highly reliable wireless communication technology, today announced that The Iowa Clinic, the largest physician-owned, multi-specialty group in Central Iowa, has selected TCS' VirtuMedix platform to provide secure, HIPAA-compliant telemedicine services to its family medicine patients. [More]
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