Integrating Telemedicine into Healthcare

American Telemedicine Association CEO Jonathan Linkous

American Telemedicine Association CEO Jonathan Linkous

The CEO of the American Telemedicine Association Jonathan Linkous said that the stage is set for making telemedicine “a profit center” during a session at this year’s ATA International Meeting & Trade Show, held in Austin, Texas. Linkous emphasized the role of telemedicine as a business tool as he spoke to conference attendees, according to Healthcare Finance News.

“This is an incredible time for healthcare, and we need to look at it from within a specific framework in terms of the dollars and cents of it,” Linkous said. “We want attendees to gain a better understanding of the return on investment associated with telemedicine as well as efficient ways of operating a program.”

“We’re in a new world right now, trying to figure out how to make use of this technology,” he added. “And it’s important to recognize that it’s not about the medical device or technology. It’s about the service that uses the technology as a tool. That’s where operations comes in.”

“The goal is to integrate telemedicine into the practice of care – it’s not a specialty unto itself,” said Linkous. ===> Continue Reading

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GetMedCallAssist™ Expanding Immediate Care Mobile Health Service Nationwide

First Call Access to Emergency Trained Physicians

SOUTHFIELD, MI –  GetMedCallAssist™, the only mobile health service that accepts emergency and non-emergency mobile calls without members having to schedule an appointment or wait for a physician call back, is expanding its services throughout the United States to serve the growing need for affordable mobile health solutions.

GetMedCallAssist™ Expanding Immediate Care Mobile Health Service Nationwide

GetMedCallAssist

GetMedCallAssist’s (www.getmedcallassist.com) primary objective is to reduce utilization cost of more expensive health insurance plans while immediately adding benefits to individuals and families. It is the also the first non-insurance health care plan that includes a prescription medical kit allowing their physicians to solve hundreds of the most common ailments without members having to leave their home or office.

GetMedCallAssist was founded by emergency trained physicians and medical professionals in Alaska and Washington. Founder and Chief Medical Officer Eric Stirling M.D., with more than 20 years experience, says mobile health, or mHealth, services like MedCallAssist can be a prescription for America’s ailing health care system.

“When people can talk to a doctor immediately, they realize that GetMedCallAssist is what their health care is missing,” said Dr. Stirling.  “While it does not replace the one-on-one, doctor-patient relationship, studies by the AMA have shown that 70 percent of in-office visits are unnecessary when patients can Call a Doctor First ™; so, it can save time and money.” ===> Continue Reading

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Removing Doctor-Patient Barriers with Mobile Health – Infographic

With all the different benefits that mobile health can bring to health care, one can imagine it being difficult seeing the forest for the trees.  So here is a useful infographic illustrating how mHealth can remove all the barriers between a doctor and patient.

Infographic on Mobile Health Removing Patient-Doctor Barriers

SOURCE: GetMedCallAssist

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Mobile Health Firm GetMedCallAssist Appoints Technology, Finance Veteran Blaise Dietz as CEO

Telemedicine Firm Recruiting Talented Leadership for Expansion Plans

PRLog (Press Release) – Apr. 15, 2013 – SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — SOUTHFIELD, MI — GetMedCallAssist™, the only telemedicine service that accepts emergency and non-emergency calls without members having to schedule an appointment or wait for a physician call back, has appointed technology and finance veteran Blaise Dietz as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Telemedicine Firm GetMedCallAssist Appoints Technology, Finance Veteran Blaise Dietz as CEO

GetMedCallAssist CEO Blaise Dietz

Blaise Dietz is a Detroit-area consultant and business development partner that brings more than 20 years experience to GetMedCallAssist in medical technology, commercial finance, database management and web portal development. Founded by emergency trained physicians and medical professionals in the Pacific North West, Dietz says GetMedCallAssist is working to expand its services throughout the United States to eliminate the barriers between the physician and the patient.

“This is the solution for a portion of today’s health care crisis,” said Dietz. “By leveraging cloud based technology and reduced data costs, GetMedCallAssist physicians are saving individuals, families and companies money. We have an experienced team of medical professionals and are working to expand our operations nationwide this year.” Dietz noted a recent study from BCC Research that the telemedicine market is expected to grow to $27.3 billion in 2016.  ===> Continue Reading

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The More the Merrier – Group Doctor Appointments On the Rise

Would You See a Doctor in a Group Appointment? - Telemedicine & Telehealth NewsThe benefit of telemedicine to stay in better touch with your doctor is a stark contrast to what many doctors and health care systems have been doing in recent years, holding appointments with groups of patients, sometimes up to a dozen at once with similar medical concerns. Advocates of the approach say such visits allow doctors to treat more patients, spend more time with them though not individually, increase appointment availability and improve health outcomes. Counseling is an example where group appointments are normal. Others would rather see a doctor individually and avoid spending the time listening to the case histories of other patients.  ===> Read More

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Bill to License Health Insurance Navigators Moves Forward

Health Insurance Navigator Bill Passes in Georgia - Telemedicine and Telehealth NewsLegislation paving the way for a new kind of healthcare worker passed the Georgia legislature in March. The health insurance navigator would be a licensed and regulated profession in health care, helping residents learn about the Affordable Care Act as well as low-income residents understand the state’s health programs.  According to the Center on Health Insurance Reforms, under the Affordable Care Act, navigators must conduct public education activities; distribute fair and impartial information on enrolling in coverage through the exchange, the availability of tax credits, and cost-sharing reductions; facilitate enrollment in qualified health plans; provide referrals to other consumer assistance organizations or state agencies to address health insurance issues; and provide information in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner. Read More
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Telehealth Program Improves Stroke Care Access in First Hour

Telestroke Program Improves Access in Golden HourThey call it the golden hour: that first sixty minutes after a patient begins to experience stroke is the critical window for providing care that can minimize long-term disabilities or prevent a stroke death.  But immediate access to high-quality emergency care is less comprehensive than one might think, leading to strokes being the fourth most common cause of death in the United States.  A new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania indicates that access to a telemedicine link with a stroke expert can effectively provide the necessary intervention and increase the geographical coverage area by approximately 40%. Read More

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