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Debbie Voyles from the TexLa Telehealth Resource Center joins Polycom's Pam Markle to discuss the current state of telemedicine adoption in Texas and Louisiana, the reasons why providers in those states are adopting the technology, and the benefits that it's delivering to patients.
A recent survey of economic development pros reveals that 43% believe broadband-driven telemedicine will have a significant impact on local economies. Maybe it’s time communities move that needle well north of 50%.
The Illinois Medical District in Chicago is betting a 100-gig network covering 560 acres and digitally integrating over 40 medical facilities will reduce costs, score major research projects and attract new businesses. District Executive Director Warren Ribley explains the details of this ambitious project, and why other communities should consider something similar. Fujitsu Network Communications is a key private-sector partner in this project.
Though many people mistakenly assume large metropolitan areas to be the land of broadband abundance, Ribley describes the area as currently “a broadband desert.” Telemedicine, when powered by Internet at light speed, promises to be an economic accelerant to lift up urban and rural communities that have vision, creatively and seriously good planning.
Oregon has the highlest level of broadband adoption in the U.S. and the lowest percentage of unserved constituents. This did not happen by accident, but through deliberate policymaking that reach to the highest level of state government. Chris Tamarin, Telecom Strategist for the Oregon Business Development Dept., joins us to talk about how his state became the leader of the pack. Of particular interest is how Oregon has established policies that overcome barriers to greater telemedicine advancement, such as:
* encouraging and supporting the rapid deployment of telemedicine services where they currently do not exist; * requiring health benefit plans to provide coverage of medically necessary telemedical health services; and * requiring Oregon Health Authority to adopt uniform credentialing and privileging standards for telemedicine service providers (pending governor's signature.
Tamarin also gives listeners an overview of how local communities can build more effective relationships with state government that bring more businesses to town. Oregon's broadband policymakers have forged such relationships since 1991.
On this week's program, hosts Doug Field and Brent Macy will welcome two special guests onto the program: Margie Rodino, vice president of global human resources, Sloan Valve Company, and Lena Cheng, MD, vice president of medical affairs, Doctor on Demand. Following the introductory segment wherein the hosts discuss this week in health care consumerism, Margie will join the program to discuss why employers that want to positively impact their employees well-being take it a step further by providing ongoing education regarding wellness and health care. For the second segment at 11:30 a.m. (ET), the hosts will welcome Lena Cheng to the show. In this segment, you’ll hear why employers should expect more from telemedicine, including better patient experiences, higher utilization, new fee structures, health insurance integration, higher regulatory/compliance standards, and greater clinical quality.
A big majority of the hundreds of citywide and partial-reach broadband networks are celebrated successes by their stakeholders, businesses and residential subscribers, disproving critics who wrongly claim all public-owned networks are failures. Interviews live from the Kansas City Gigabit Summit reveal what it means to have a winning community broadband network.
Delegates from eight of the communities sharing their success stories with Summit attendees join us to give listeners insights to setting and meeting broadband goals. It is important to understand that, unlike private service providers, "return on investment" (ROI) is very different for communities focused on using broadband to improve economic development, transform healthcare delivery and otherwise serve the public good.
Guests, including those representing Winthrop, MN, Chattanooga and Jackson, TN, Monmouth, OR and Salisbury, NC, also discuss how they funded their networks, and offer advice for meeting the money challenge as opportunities and financing options evolve. One of the several strengths public entities have over private companies is the ability to repay debt over 20 or 25 years rather than being driven to meet stockholder needs for quick returns.
The Gigabit Summit is a national gathering of cities with broadband networks that are educating, helping and encouraging cities just beginning their broadband journeys. Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri are the proud hosts and gigabit showcase cities kicking off 2015 with the first big broadband educational conference of the year.
I met today's radio show guests at the fall NCTide conference in Asheville, North Carolina. Telemental health is a hot topic with our behavioral health providers. InSight is one of the largest telepsychiatry service provider companies in the country. As always, it is our pleasure to speak with business leaders with credentials in the world of behavioral health. Please read the full blog article here.
Questions we asked on the show:
What is telebehavioral health?
Where is telebehavioral health being used?
Tell me more about this direct to consumer model of telebehavioral health.
How do consumers react to telebehavioral health?
How does telebehavioral health enable a consumer to navigate a challenging and intimidating health care system?
What are some of the pros and cons of a telebehavioral health practice?
What tips do you have for providers doing telebehavioral health for the first time?
James R. Varrell, M.D.
President and Medical Director
On the final program for 2014, serial entreprenur and digital health innovator Geoff Clapp joins co-host Phil Marshall, MD and me for a wrap of the year. Join us at 10AM Pacific Time/1 PM Eastern for key insights and material trends on our move from the volume to value healthcare ecosystem
About Goeff Clapp:
Geoffrey spent more than 12 years disrupting the telemedicine market with Health Hero Network. During his tenure at Health Hero, Geoffrey served multiple roles, including COO and CTO. As CTO, Geoffrey designed and implemented award winning hardware and software products, including Business Week’s 2000 Product of The Year. During his time as COO, he guided the company through the “bubble” bursting in Silicon Valley.
More about BetterPHA:
'A shared vision of extending world-class medical knowledge to everyone, wherever they may be, is what brought Mayo Clinic and Better together. It is our hope that Better will give people the means to worry less when it comes to health care and instead focus on being well.
Better is backed by the Mayo Clinic and the Social+Capital Partnership. Our team has founded some of the biggest health care and consumer internet companies in the world.'
Geoff is no stranger digital health innovation. Join us as we get his take on the status of the market, and what he and his colleagues are up to at BetterPHA.
On the Wednesday July 10th, 2013 broadcast at 10:00AM Pacific/1PM Eastern our special guest in This Week in Health Innovation is Jonathon Dreyer of Nuance Healthcare. Dreyer's background is a follows:
For over 2 years, Jonathon Dreyer – the director of mobile solutions marketing at Nuance – has committed himself to the growth of a healthcare development community that’s reached more than 700 global partners. Dreyer is a firm believer in the idea that complex problems require simple solutions. As the leader in the mobile solutions marketing team at Nuance, Dreyer is the driving force behind helping healthcare providers solve complex problems by bringing virtual assistants – like Siri but even smarter – to healthcare. During the broadcast Dreyer will discuss the digital health space, telemedicine in particular, and its role in supporting the triple aim (including available data on reported outcomes) and the platforms, apps and tools in his line of sight. For more information on 'Florence' a virtual assistant for healthcare, see: Healthcare Virtual Assistant: Project "Florence" PROGRAM NOTE: during the interview, the Nuance Healthcare website was erroneously noted. The correct URL is Nuance.com. Join us for an informative chat with Jonathon Dreyer!
Tune in for exclusive interviews with:
A. Stewart Ferguson, PhD, President, American Telemedicine Association Roy Schoenberg, MD, MPH, President and CEO, American Well Systems Andrew Watson, MD, MLitt, FACS, Vice President, International and Commercial Services Division, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Medical Director, Center for Connected Medicine
Second-opinion services are designed to instill confidence in employees and employers. Confidence in the accuracy of the diagnosis. Confidence in the planned treatment.
While second opinions are by no means new, delivering them virtually is. Today, medical centers like Cleveland Clinic and new companies such as 2nd.MD offer patients and concerned caregivers the opportunity to virtually consult with renowned specialists.
Are these services an unecessary administrative burden without proven worth or do they insure quality care and better outcomes? Listen and learn as we talk with guest Clint Phillips, CEO and founder of 2nd.MD.
The practice of medicine and healthcare delivery are going through significant changes thanks to broadband. What does this mean for your community? A telehealth project in the Golden State gives the rest of the nation a peek at the future.
Access to healthcare by underserved and rural residents is getting a big boost from the California Telehealth Network (CTN). Our guest, CEO Eric Brown, explains how CTN puts medical knowledge, staff, and related resources at constituents' fingertips. CTN hopes to increase the number of people staying healthy, as well as improve the quality and efficiency of short- and long-term medical services.
CTN uses the latest information technologies to link local clinics, hospitals, doctors and nurses with both their patients and resources from around the country and around the globe. They are funded in part by the FCC's Rural Health Pilot Project.
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