Monday, April 28, 2008

Virtual office visits appeal to patients, physicians, insurers

In December 2007, Cigna and Aetna began offering reimbursements for online visits to physicians nationwide, while Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida has reimbursed a limited number of online visits in Florida since 2004. Experts predict the number of online visits will increase. Orlando Sentinel.,0,7683798.story

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Montana clinic reaches goals in CMS pilot

From our friend Dr Claude S. Poliakoff...

This is quite an impressive account of user-friendly telemetry
implementation, both productive and economically feasible!
From Jane Sarasohn-Kahn...

Social media on the Internet are empowering, engaging, and educating health care consumers and providers. While consumers use social media -- including social networks, personal blogging, wikis, video-sharing, and other formats -- for emotional support, they also heavily rely on them to manage health conditions.

You may want to visit her blog at

Monday, April 21, 2008

Open Source Software in Health Care
By Holger Schmuhl, and a link to his web site,

Open Source Software in Health Care

A list of Open Source Software in Health Care
By Holger Schmuhl, and a link to his web site,

Philips: results of national study on home healthcare technology and telehealth

Philips has released the findings of its large scale study. Given the importance of telehealth to the future of home care and hospice agencies, much of the study focused on “the various types of telehealth systems being used, the components of these systems, what agency leaders liked and disliked about their systems and most importantly, what leaders felt were the most significant impact of these systems on various aspects of quality and financial outcomes.” Top findings were:

17.1 percent of agencies use some type of telehealth system. A much higher percentage of large agencies (32.0%) report that they provide telehealth services.

88.6 percent report that telehealth led to an increase in quality outcomes

76.6 percent report a reduction in unplanned hospitalizations

77.2 percent report a reduction in emergency room visits

71.3 percent report that telehealth services improved patient

Friday, April 11, 2008

2 IMPORTANT TELEHEALTH INTERVIEWS from our friend Trevor Craddock

Interview with Prof Maurice Mars, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, University of Kwazulu-Natal, S Africa and with Dr Jim Katzenstein, HealthSpan International


Friday, April 4, 2008

Profiles of older health care consumers: living longer, longing for technology

Three New Reports On Aging and Technology from Jane Sarasohn-Kahn at the Healthpopuli blog.

Older Americans 2008: Key Indicators of Well-Being,, Federal Agency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics

Healthy@Home, commissioned by AARP and the Blue Shield of California Foundation
State of Technology in Aging Services, Center for Aging Services Technology (CAST)

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Nightingale Declaration for Our Healthy World

Please sign the Nightingale Declaration for Our Healthy World at ­ ­

Each year, we gratefully celebrate International Nurses Week around May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910). At this time in human history, however, the world needs much more than celebration.

Nursing shortages in the U.S. and other developed nations are now critical—epidemic, worldwide. The problem is serious, complex and impacting health and well-being across the globe. Nurses and allied healthcare providers—recognized as the ‘arms and legs’ of healthcare as well as the ‘heart and soul’ of healthcare implementation—need your help.

Overcoming this crisis will require exceptional advocacy and leadership. To that end, the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH) is engaging in interdisciplinary dialogues for partnership. We are collaborating with nurses, midwives, related professionals and allied healthcare providers and other concerned citizens throughout the world. With focus on connection rather than specialization, NIGH is building a diverse and committed global network for addressing this challenge and implementing our objectives for education, empowerment and support during the upcoming decade.

By accessing the NIGH website at and signing the Nightingale Declaration for Our Healthy World, you will join over 18,500 citizens from 86 countries in answering this call.

Why this Declaration? Signatures representing all 192 Member States of the United Nations will lay the foundation for accomplishing NIGH’s proposed adoption of two United Nations Resolutions by the 2008 UN General Assembly declaring 2010: International Year of the Nurse and 2011-2020: United Nations Decade for a Healthy World.

With these proposed UN Resolutions bringing visibility, recognition and value to nurses and allied health care providers, this action not only empowers them, but raises public awareness as to the crucial connection between empowered nurses and allied healthcare workers and the health of people everywhere.

In 1893, Florence Nightingale wrote: “Health is not only to be well, but to use well every power we have.”

Standing alongside Nightingale, each of us has an opportunity—right now—to use our power to make a difference. For the sake of our own health, our children’s health and the world’s health please join us by taking this first critical step and signing the Nightingale Declaration for Our Healthy World!

Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAANInternational Co-Director, Nightingale Initiativefor Global Health

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Seniors favor telemedicine if it keeps them independent

Older adults and family caregivers are very willing to use technologies such as telemedicine and telepharmacy that can allow them to remain independent and in their own homes, according to a report from AARP.

But both groups could benefit by knowing more about technological innovations that are available today and those that are on the horizon, the report notes. Three-fourths of older adults support use of telemedicine to diagnose or monitor health conditions remotely in their home, while more than 9 in 10 support use of telepharmacy to have their doctor monitor their medications.

Caregivers are also willing to use new technologies to meet their needs; but more than 8 in 10 think they will have difficulty persuading the people they care for to use these items.