Posts by Donna Cusano

Encouragement for telehealth startups via 'levers'?

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Aneesh Chopra, the US administration's CTO, offered some roses to healthcare entrepreneurs Tuesday at the Health 2.0 Conference.  Aside from stimulus funds for funding healthcare IT, he was fairly specific about how this administration will "create market conditions" by modifying specific healthcare policies.  Examples given:  discouraging patient return visits post-surgery, which would incentivize post-discharge trackers; cybersecurity and "patient privacy and control", which sound like EMRs; funding medical students to work in startups. These must be the "levers" he referred to at the FCC meeting (see 23 September posting, "Telehealth being 'levered' by healthcare reform?") Obama Administration’s Message to Health Care Start-Ups (New York Times)
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Connected Health: Cheap and easy tools should come before EMRs

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Electronic medical records (EMRs) have been advocated as a "holy grail" since the Bush administration.  Yet mention EMRs to many US physicians in private practice, and you'll have to duck.  A short article by Dr. Joseph Kvedar (Center for Connected Health) in the Healthspottr blog clearly states the unaffordable six-figure cost for small practices (2 or less) where 33% of US physicians work, and despite the PR, the lack of evidence that EMRs in this context improve health or cost-efficiency without payment reform.  He advocates instead simpler, easier to implement now and cheaper ways of saving on healthcare, mainly through 'connected health' tools.  The Reason Why
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Cross-cultural telemedicine

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Here’s an example of how teleconferencing can overcome language and cultural barriers during regular checkups, diagnosis and more. The Missouri Telehealth Network, which connects rural hospitals and clinics, is using a pool of simultaneous interpreters who are skilled in medical terminology and cultural nuances to
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