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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).
Study to examine effectiveness of using video calls to deliver care for people with Parkinson's disease

Study to examine effectiveness of using video calls to deliver care for people with Parkinson's disease

People living with Parkinson's disease today often face challenges when seeking care, including disability, distance from medical centers, and distribution of doctors. In fact, 42 percent of those diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and more living with the condition, do not see a neurologist for their care. Now, a national study will attempt to disrupt the status quo and bring expert Parkinson's care directly into patients' homes using video visit technology. [More]
Rural California plans new trauma centers

Rural California plans new trauma centers

The centers are designed to avoid expensive and often time-consuming patient transfers. Meanwhile, telemedicine bolsters intensive care services in rural Maryland, and a hospital system in Camden, N.J. overhauls the way it cares for the poorest and sickest patients [More]

First Edition: February 12, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about President Barack Obama's comments yesterday on his administration's decision to decision to give mid-sized businesses more time to comply with the health law's employer mandate. [More]
Bosch Healthcare receives NCQA's Disease Management certification for HMPs

Bosch Healthcare receives NCQA's Disease Management certification for HMPs

Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, Inc., the market leader in evidence-based telehealth solutions, today announced the that it has received certification for program design in Disease Management for 16 Health Management Programs (HMPs) that it submitted to the National Committee for Quality Assurance. [More]
Research roundup: Value-based insurance; telemedicine in nursing homes; advance care planning

Research roundup: Value-based insurance; telemedicine in nursing homes; advance care planning

Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs. [More]
UTHealth unveils country's first Mobile Stroke Unit

UTHealth unveils country's first Mobile Stroke Unit

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School, in partnership with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, has unveiled the country's first Mobile Stroke Unit. [More]
eInfochips launches Andromeda Reference Platform for medical imaging and telemedicine designers

eInfochips launches Andromeda Reference Platform for medical imaging and telemedicine designers

The video processing system includes the system hardware and software that design teams need for fast time-to-application development [More]

Telemedicine used at nursing homes is a viable way to reduce avoidable hospitalizations

Telemedicine used at nursing homes during hours when doctors are not typically present is a viable way to reduce avoidable hospitalizations, according to research published in February's issue of Health Affairs. [More]

Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies receives another patent for Parkinson’s disease monitoring technology

Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies announced today they have received another allowance of claims from the U.S. Patent Office. The application covers a system and method of controlling Parkinson's therapy in response to motor symptoms. [More]

Telestroke appears to be cost-effective for society

Researchers have found that using telemedicine to deliver stroke care, also known as telestroke, appears to be cost-effective for society. The research was recently published in the American Journal of Managed Care. [More]

UVA team works with local rescue squads to diagnose stroke patients before they reach hospital

A University of Virginia Health System team is working with local rescue squads to diagnose stroke patients before they reach the hospital, enabling more patients to receive lifesaving treatment and have a full recovery. [More]
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System to open new Mile Square Health Center

University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System to open new Mile Square Health Center

The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System will open the doors to a new Mile Square Health Center Jan. 6. [More]
UC Davis docs find a way to create "movies" of wrist in motion using magnetic resonance imaging scans

UC Davis docs find a way to create "movies" of wrist in motion using magnetic resonance imaging scans

If a picture is worth 1,000 words then a movie is worth far more, especially when it comes to diagnosing wrist problems. [More]

USARAD Holdings offers unique wellness program for businesses through SecondOpinions.com

USARAD Holdings Inc. a leading US Joint Commission Accredited teleradiology and telemedicine solutions provider is now offering a Complimentary Corporate Membership Plan through SecondOpinions.com. This unique wellness program can lower insurance premiums for businesses, increase employee productivity and improve the overall quality of healthcare. [More]

New report analyzes current and future development trends in China's healthcare industry IT market

Reportbuyer.com just published a new market research report: China Healthcare Industry IT Solution 2013-2017 Forecast and Analysis. [More]

Report: Examine high-billing docs' Medicare billing to root out fraud

A report from the Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general to be released Friday will call for closer scrutiny of doctors' total billing. Elsewhere, ProPublica looks at how ineffective federal oversight is in looking for fraud in Medicare prescribing. [More]
NIH Stroke Trials Network includes UC San Diego Health System as grant recipient

NIH Stroke Trials Network includes UC San Diego Health System as grant recipient

A network of 25 nationally recognized stroke centers has been created to rapidly address the three core features of stroke research and care: prevention, treatment and recovery. The regional coordinating centers, working with nearby satellite facilities, will span the country and have teams of researchers representing every stroke-related medical specialty, with the primary goal of bringing new therapies and strategies to the stroke community more rapidly. [More]

UC Davis experts call for updated prostate cancer treatment guidelines

With a deluge of promising new drug treatments for advanced prostate cancer on the market, a new model of care is needed that emphasizes collaboration between urologists and medical oncologists, according to UC Davis prostate cancer experts. [More]

"Appearance exposure" on Internet linked to body image disturbance among adolescent girls

"Appearance exposure" on the Internet has been linked to body image disturbance among adolescent girls. A new study that links specific Facebook activities, but not overall Facebook use to body dissatisfaction and a drive for thinness in teen girls is published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. [More]

mHealth, Cloud in Healthcare and Regulatory Environments predicted to be the key subjects in 2014

Frost & Sullivan released today its three big predictions for the global health​care market. Based on a '2013 Search for Growth' survey which involved 1835 executives in more than 40 countries worldwide, Frost & Sullivan's insight highlights new areas of growth. mHealth, Cloud in Healthcare and Regulatory Environments will be the key subjects in 2014 and beyond. [More]