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Iron Bow's Dan Klanderman shares his thoughts about telemedicine and telehealth and how organizations are innovatively solving the issue of the "last mile" in rural areas. Many in America not only do not enjoy high-speed broadband access, but many also do not have any Internet access at all, but smartphones and mobile connectivity are creating opportunities for those people to take advantage of some telehealth solutions today.
Ron Emerson, the Global Director of Healthcare at Polycom, a registered nurse and expert in all things telemedicine, joins the program to discuss telemedicine adoption in the US, the 2015 ATA Conference, the technologies and trends getting the most buzz at the show and what he see as the future of telemedicine in the United States.
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.
National Community Development Services (NCDS) leads multimillion-dollar economic development fundraising drives, and the firm is partnering with Craig Settles to bring NCDS’ success to broadband. Both believe that there are more people and organizations than communities realize that are able and willing to financially support broadband deployments to their communities.
NCDS President Tom DiFiore presents highlights of the firm’s methodology that has raised over $1.6 billons for 500 communities in 46 states. Mr. Settles consulting expertise, philosophy and thought leadership in broadband strategy dovetails with NDCS in a four-step service that opens broadband funding opportunities as well as helps networks’ long-term financial successes.
Many communities let the “lack” of money stymie their broadband dreams. Mr. Settles’ and NCDS’ lead communities through a creation orientation to produce an asset that boosts the economy, increases local government efficiency, improves healthcare delivery and transforms education. In addition, NCDS leaves a system in place to facilitate other community economic development fundraising projects.
These combined services draw their origins from “Show Me the (Hidden) Money for Community Broadband,” Mr. Settles’ recent Community Broadband Snapshot Report.
Dr. Jay Sanders is President and CEO of The Global Telemedicine Group and an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also the founding board member of the American Telemedicine Association where he serves as President Emeritus.
In this podcast interview, Dr. Sanders shares his thoughts about the deficiencies in today’s healthcare delivery systems and the solutions that can overcome them in the future. Dr. Sanders believes that the evolution of technology, including telemedicine and the use of artificial intelligence to aid doctors will be the easy part of the transition. The real challenge, according to Dr. Sanders will be doing more to enable a behavioral change that places the patient front and center in their own care and treatment.
Sherrie Williams, LCSW, Executive Director for Georgia Partnership for Telehealth, strongly believes that telemedicine is the answer for Georgia’s healthcare shortage. After working in the private mental health field and public school system in rural South Georgia for nearly 15 years, Ms. Williams worked to develop and implement Georgia’s first school-based health center that utilized telemedicine as a way to close the resource gaps. Six years later, she has helped more than 77 schools in Georgia and Tennessee to open school-based health centers in both rural and urban areas.
In this podcast interview, Sherrie advises us on what it takes to bring a school-based telehealth center to local schools now, and what opportunities might be available to school children through telehealthtomorrow.
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.
Today's guest was met at the annual Samaritan Institute conference. We were both session speakers and excited to collaborate in any way possible to support the sector of healthcare we are both immensely passionate about. My first thought after listening to Dr. Marlene Maheu was, “Why haven’t I met this powerhouse in person yet? She is the thought leader in telemental health.” Spend five minutes with her and you begin to grasp how much influence, passion, leadership and knowledge Dr. Maheu has about behavioral health in general but especially telebehavioral health. Take this journey with us to discover from the Executive Director of the Telemental Health Institute where technology is headed in relation to online behavioral health counseling. Please check out the full blog article here.
How did you get involved in the legal/ethical risk management side of telepractice?
How has your publication experience helped you in the field?
Why is there such a focus on telehealth right now?
What are some of the key issues involved with telepractice in telemental health or behavioral telehealth?
Which types of technology do you see as the next wave, or the next generation for behavioral health care?
Are these newer technologies considered part of telehealth?
How will these newer forms of technology make their way to the telehealth arena?
What does your company offer to professionals wanting to get involved with telemental health or behavioral telehealth?
We are completely honored to have Keith Mitchell, mind/body expert, medical miracle and former All-Pro linebacker as our guest today on Sports Palooza Radio.
Keith was paralyzed in an NFL football game (he was an All-Pro linebacker with the Saints, Texans and Titans) but has transformed his life through yoga and meditation. He is now kicking off a ground-breaking pilot program with the University of Rochester Medical School to help retired NFL players and military veterans suffering from neurological diseases such as concussion syndrome and PTSD. Through the program, Keith and the doctors will use a combination of yoga, meditation and other alternative health care, combined with traditional medicine and pioneering telemedicine to treat those afflicted.
The program has the support of the NFL Players Association and a number of veterans services organizations. Keith Mitchell is launching the JUST BREATHE For Veterans campaign. He stops by today to talk about it. Please tune in. You won’t want to miss this interview.
Coverage at American Telemedicine Association Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, California was both vibrant and informative talking to thought leaders, entrepreneurs and telemedicine evangelists of all stripes from incoming ATA President Reed Tuckson, MD aka @DrReedTuckson to Ranya Habash, MD @habash2020 Co-founder of@HipaaChat.
My colleague and co-host reporting on the ground Nick Adkins @Nick@ReelDX catches up with Mark Noble, VP Strategic Marketing, Vidyo.
Produced by Gregg Masters @2healthguru for Health Innovation Media.
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