Minnesota company Clear.md: Startup of the Year Finalist

Clear.md is a web and mobile application that connects patients to healthcare providers through short, one topic, tailored videos called “vidscriptions.”  Almost a year ago, gpTRAC was writing about clear.md in this blog as an example of how innovative technology healthcare companies could help alleviate future physician shortages.  Today, Clear.md is being recognized at the Doctors 2.0 conference in Paris as a finalist for “Startup of the Year.”

From clear.md’s press release:  “A global perspective has defined our strategy since day­one. We are honored to be recognized by Doctors 2.0 in Europe as a US ­company with an international identity, and we look forward to representing the Twin Cities digital health community at the conference in Paris this June,”said John Brownlee, CEO and co­founder of clear.md.”

Congratulations to John Brownlee and the clear.md team!  For more information on clear.md, visit the website at www.clear.md.

Carl Taylor on Connecting with a Purpose

At this year’s gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Forum, we are pleased to present Carl Taylor, Executive Director at the Fraser Institute for Health Research, as a keynote speaker.  Here is a taste of what we will hear from Carl’s talk on using telehealth technology to connect with purpose:  

We are at a moment in time in which the tools at hand be they known by the names of telehealth, m-health, e-health or communication driven healthcare are mature, affordable, and deployable on broad scale.  But the tools or rather the capabilities they create must be evaluated in regards to the uncertain landscape of healthcare, what I call contextual reality.  As we meet together there is more about the future of healthcare here in the US that is unknown than known. But there are common elements of strategies that will bridge this uncertainty.  Among them are that quality is truly going to be job #1.  The second is the role of the primary care provider will deepen.  The third is hospitals either on their own or with physicians will seek continuous care relations with their patients including developing retail strategies.  Hence from a telehealth perspective we must ask- what is our purpose and our place in these strategies.  Where do we fit and how will we need to articulate our role and our outcomes in order to become an integral part of healthcares’ future.  This talk will suggest answers to those questions and allow the listener to develop a market ready strategy to meet future challenges.

Carl Taylor is an innovative leader in the telehealth community and we couldn’t be happier to have him as a keynote presenter!  Have you made plans to attend the Telehealth Forum yet?  You can still register at the early bird rate if you hurry!  Deadline is April 1.
click here to register for the gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Forum

Why We Should Expect Telemedicine

“The history of medicine is defined by advances born of bioscience. But never before has it been driven to this degree by digital technology.” -New York Times, 10/9/2012

Digital technology is expanding the reach of health care through telemedicine and mobile health care applications.  In this video, produced by gpTRAC and Health Science students at the University of Minnesota, we highlight one of the main reasons why:  young people have already adopted mobile technology as an integral part of their life, and will continue to as they grow up.  We should expect telemedine, because the next generation of health care leaders (and consumers) already do.  

This video was submitted as part of the 2012 American Telemedicine Video Contest addressing the theme:  “Expect Telemedicine, Because Telemedicine Works.”

Telehealth is Changing the Face of Healthcare

“In the old days- oh, about 10 years ago- few doctors used the Internet for anything but email and research. “App” was a word used mainly by technology buffs, as in “killer app.” And cellphones were useful but far from smart. Now digital technology- on phones and tablets, in electronic record keeping, and in a host of clinical innovations- is transforming medicine in virtually every way…” -New York Times, Science Times, 10/9/2012

On Tuesday, the New York Times published a special addition of their Science Times section entitled “The Digital Doctor,” highlighting the many ways doctors and patients are utilizing technology to improve the quality of healthcare.  Several of the articles are about telemedicine specifically.  For example, one article (“With Telemedicine as Bridge, No Hospital Is an Island”) describes how Nantucket’s main Hospital is utilizing teledermatology to save money ($29000/year) and see more dermatology patients (1100/year).

Telehealth is a game-changer in healthcare.  And in our opinion, the more publicity it gets, the better.  Telemedicine offers a smart solution for improving healthcare and wellness, while lowering the cost of care delivery. For both providers and patients, the list of benefits is impressive.  For more information on the benefits of telemedicine, visit the gpTRAC Delivery and Results of Care section here.

Telemedicine: In the Beginning

Telemedicine has come a long way in the last ten years.  In this video we reflect on what telemedicine was like “in the beginning” compared to where telemedicine is today.  This video was produced by the Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center and submitted as part of the American Telemedicine Association 2012 video contest addressing the theme: “Expect Telemedicine.”

 “Although technology has changed, and will continue to change, what will always remain constant is that telemedicine works.  Expect telemedicine, because telemedicine works.” 

For information on integrating telemedicine into your organization, visit gpTRAC’s Get Started Guide here.

Technology as Solution to Future Physician Shortages

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) work force projections, nationwide physician shortages are predicted to reach 91,500 by the year 2020.  Multiply that by the average number of patients under a given doctor’s care (somewhere between 700 and 1700) and the result is an immense patient base with unmet healthcare needs, particularly in rural areas.  Additionally, doctor shortages will likely increase wait time for patients, shorten length of appointments, and increase number of ER visits by those who do not have medical homes. However, technology could offer solutions, especially through the development of telemedicine programs.  “Complex changes such as improving efficiency, reconfiguring the way some services are delivered and making better use of our physicians will also be needed.” says the AAMC.  And solutions like this are already popping up.  For example, take the new technology healthcare company Clear MD. Using an online platform, Clear MD connects providers and patients through short, clear, single topic videos.

Innovative, creative tools like this will become increasingly useful as we deal with future physician shortages.  So will setting up strong telehealth networks within our healthcare systems.  For providers and patients alike, it may seem complicated to start using telemedicine.  However by following a few simple steps the process can be straightforward and easy- and the effort is guaranteed to be worth it.  gpTRAC offers a number of guides and resources to assist organizations and individuals in this process.  Here are  few of them:  Getting Started: Planning Ahead, Best Practices for Sucess, Studies Reports and White Papers, and our Resource Toolkit.  Additional questions?  Contact us at 888-239-7092.