Telehealth News Flash, Oct. 1

Telehealth news and events we have been talking about around our office this week

Functional Recovery in the Elderly After Major Surgery: Assessment of Mobility Recovery Using Wireless Technology

This recent study conducted by doctors at the Mayo clinic and published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery in early September is garnering attention in multiple fields including medicine, IT, and business.  The researchers used “off-the-shelf” fitness monitors (Fitbits) to measure mobility in elderly patients recovering from cardiac surgery.  Their findings show a significant relationship between steps taken and recovery time, and suggest information gathered from monitoring technologies may improve quality of care and post-discharge outcomes.

Additional commentary on the study:

Med City News:  Mayo Clinic Study:  Fitbit data can be an early warning sign of slow recovery from surgery

Forbes:  Fitbit Could Help Monitor Progress After Heart Surgery

Colorado-based hospital group to form digital health subsidiary
Neil Versal, MobiHealth News

Catholic Health Initiatives is a Colorado-based health system with a plan to expand virtual services by moving them to a magnet subsidiary which will include telehealth, telemedicine, mobile, media, and gamification.  The new subsidiary then plans to market its virtual services to employer groups and payers.  Many details are still to come, but we are keeping out eyes on this innovative strategy as CHI’s reach continues to expand nationally.

New Resource Available! Specialty Consultation Services

Overview: Key Issues in Specialty Consultation Telemedicine Services

When organizations are thinking about implementing telehealth services, sometimes they just don’t know what they don’t know.  What do we need to know in order to get started?  GpTRAC is excited to share this new resource to help you and your organization identify those topics.

This new “quick guide” provides general information summarizing issues of importance specifically surrounding the development and implementation of specialty consultation telemedicine services.  While many of these issues can apply in a variety of telehealth-related applications and technologies, this guide is intended to serve as a kind of check-list of the issues an organization should consider when providing specialty consultation services.  Additionally, there is a section with samples and tools for you to take and modify to meet your own organization’s needs.

This new resource is made available primarily as an on-line tool, and is available by clicking here.  However, please contact gpTRAC (888-239-7092) if you or your organization have an interest in obtaining multiple printed copies to distribute.  (Small charge/Minimum order is 10)

 

Teledermatology at the 2013 State Fair: In Pictures

Zoi used a portable exam camera to present fairgoer skin concerns to UMN Physicians on the other end of a secure videoconferencing connection.

From the UMN Physicians end dermatologists were able to examine images in real time and discuss skin concerns with fairgoers. Pictured here are gpTRAC staff and volunteers, where the fairgoer/area of concern would be.

UMN Physicians were able to speak with fairgoers directly via videoconference during and after providing teledermatology screenings to answer questions and provide recommendations for follow up. In total, 159 fairgoers received teledermatology screenings at the 2013 MN State Fair.

September Telehealth Webinar, September 19, 2013

The National Network of Telehealth Resource Centers

PRESENTS:

Use of In-Home Monitoring Technology in Complex Care Coordination

Please join us Thursday, September 19th, for this exciting webinar topic.  The presenter will explain how the rural Hawaii Island Beacon Community engaged complex patients to self manage their chronic conditions which significantly improved their health status and reduced their cost of care.by using a methodical and holistic approach.
There is NO need to pre-register!
 

Click here to learn more and access the webinar.

 

– The gpTRAC team

Teledermatology Screenings at the State Fair: Schedule

Interested in seeing telemedicine in action? Visit the University of Minnesota tent at this year’s Minnesota State Fair for free teledermatology screenings brought to you by gpTRAC and University of Minnesota Physicians. Get a screening yourself, or just enjoy the demonstration!

gpTRAC/UMP Teledermatology screenings at the 2013 Fair:

Thursday, August 22
Noon-1pm with Dr. Hordinsky

Friday, August 23
10am-11am with Dr. Bender

Saturday, August 24
10am-noon with Dr. Jennifer Lee and Erin Luxenberg

Monday, August 26
1pm-2pm with Dr. Bohjanen

Tuesday, August 27
4pm-5pm with Dr. Seelhammer

Wednesday, August 28
Noon-2pm with Dr. Holmes
4pm-5pm with Dr. Panoutsopoulou

Friday, August 30
4pm-5pm with Dr. Panoutsopoulou

Last year, gpTRAC connected 182 patients to dermatologists using a videoconferencing system and a hand held exam camera. This year, we are hoping to connect even more!

Telehealth Education at the State Fair: A History

The State Fair countdown continues! Today, we take a look back at the history of telemedicine education at the Minnesota State Fair.

The video below illustrates the development of telemedicine educational program at the Minnesota State Fair over the past ten years. The program started in 2002 under the direction of the Minnesota Telehealth Network and since 2009 has been directed by gpTRAC. Every year gpTRAC hosts a “patient awareness booth” at the fair, educating fairgoers about telemedicine services.

The goals of this event are:

1) To increase the general awareness among fairgoers about the capabilities and availability of telemedicine services, and

2) To increase the awareness of skin cancers and the importance of regular communications with healthcare providers about this dangerous disease.

The telemedicine services are provided free of charge in the University of Minnesota building on the State Fair grounds, which connects to the University of Minnesota Department of Dermatology via the University’s gigabit network.

gpTRAC will be in the University of Minnesota tent again during the 2013 State Fair, continuing the tradition. Come stop by and visit us August 22-30!

Teledermatology at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair

It’s almost time again for the Minnesota State Fair!  Again this year gpTRAC will be partnering with Minnesota physicians to provide fairgoers with free teledermatology screenings.

At the 2012 Minnesota State Fair gpTRAC connected 182 patients to dermatologists using a videoconferencing system and a hand held exam camera.  Thousands more were able to watch the sessions in action.  Many of the fairgoers said they hadn’t made it a priority to get screened until they came upon our booth, and many passerbys said it was their first experience seeing telemedicine in action.  To date, gpTRAC has showcased teledermatology, pulmonology, and stroke screenings.

Stay tuned for a schedule soon!  And be sure to stop by and visit us in the University of Minnesota tent for your free teledermatology screening!

August Telehealth Webinar: August 15, 2013

August 2013 Webinar
The National Network of Telehealth Resource Centers

PRESENTS:
The Virtual Dental Home: Implications for Policy & Strategy

Please join us tomorrow, Thursday, August 15, to watch a unique presentation on how  geographically distributed telehealth  teams can create a virtual dental home.  The presenter, Paul Glassman, Director of Community Oral Health at the University of the Pacific will discuss how the dental home can help achieve the goals of the “triple Aim” and the surrounding policy issues.

There is NO need to pre-register!
Click here to learn more and access the webinar.

– The gpTRAC team

Telehealth Technology Assessment: Results

The National Telehealth Technology Assessment Resource Center (known as TTAC), recently conducted a national survey of telehealth.  The goal of the survey was to gather data on which telehealth platforms and technologies are being utilized in health care settings, and for what types of clinical applications.

gpTRAC used the results of the TTAC survey to compare technology utilization in the Great Plains region with the national results.  Interested in what we found?  You can find the full document of TTAC Survey Results prepared by gpTRAC here.

Still interested in reading more?  Click here for more information from TTAC on telehealth and telehealth technology.

Telehealth News Flash, July 29

Telehealth news and events we have been talking about around our office this week:

Telehealth coverage broadens through state legislature
State legislatures are hearing a lot about telehealth these days.  Missouri became the 19th state to mandate reimbursement by private insurers to healthcare providers for telehealth services.  Kentucky has expanded telehealth reimbursement to Medicaid beneficiaries.  Mississippi passed a private insurer reimbursement mandate.  In the last 7 months, 12 states have introduced or enacted telehealth reimbursement legislation.  Around the gpTRAC office, we are discussing ways to get Minnesota involved in doing the same!

South Central Telehealth Resource Center Quarterly Thought Conference Webinar:  Telehealth Reimbursement in Mississippi
A great webinar presented last week by UMMC’s Dr. Kristi Henderson on the process of passing state-wide telehealth legislation.  Archived and available at learntelehealth.org

Nurses use Google Hangout to collaborate on technology
Google hangout isn’t just for teenagers and chatting with friends who are abroad anymore.  These providers discuss the usefulness of media for healthcare collaboration in a 25 minute youtube video between nurses in Toronto and Australia.