Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Report touts

Report touts ‘med-op’ technology for older adults

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009



Sunday, November 29, 2009

Interesting video on Telehealth in the UK

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Mayo Clinic and the future of social media?


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

.Making Health Care Better

It really is about data and QI,

Friday, August 21, 2009

Despite Wide Adoption, Little Evidence of eICU Impact on Intensive Care Cost/Quality

I am sure I know that some of our readers will disaagree with this , your thoughts?
While nearly 10 percent of U.S. hospital intensive care unit (ICU) beds use advanced telemonitoring--known as eICUs-- there has never been a systematic evaluation of how the innovative approach to caring for critically ill patients affects quality and costs, according to a study by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) published today as a Health Affairs Web Exclusive.
http://content.healthaffai rs.org/cgi/content/abstract/hlthaff.28.5.w937

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Pilot project shows promise for cutting Medicaid costs

A Kansas telehealth program has helped to reduce participants' hospitalizations by 70% and the state's Medicaid cost by an estimated $1.5 million, according to officials. The two-year pilot program is scheduled to end in October, but officials are hoping to expand it. Kansas Health Institute News.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

New Nursing web site

Dear Nursing Colleague

I am writing to invite you to become a VIP member of a new website I

Aiming to launch on 1 July

It is called ‘Community Nurses Network’ and, under the slogan of

‘Harnessing the knowledge of nurses outside hospital settings’, my aim

is to provide a forum for both learning and mutual support. What I

have said in the introduction to the site is "Nurses who work in

hospitals have easy access to a large number of people who share

experiences, but if you are working in the community that has been

really hard". Clearly, there are hundreds of thousands, if not

millions, of our colleagues in this position, and I want to develop

this site to be of real value to them.

One of the member's benefits will be to read blogs or articles from

experts. (i.e. You!) In return for your input, I am happy to offer you

a lifelong VIP membership, with full access to the site's facilities,

free of charge. This will be a great profile-building opportunity and,

if you have a book or other nursing-related materials to promote, you

If you visit the site now, you will see it is thin and still

very much under construction, but you can sign up for your VIP account

- see instructions below.

In fact, please sign up before July 2- even if you cannot commit to

writing something before that - because we will have to remove the VIP

signup before the public launch. Although, of course would be great if

you could read and get something going on the site before we launch it.

The web address is http://www.communitynursesnetwork.com/

I look forward to meeting up with you on site, perhaps in one of the

chat rooms! Any comments, feedback and suggestions about the site

before the launch can be sent to both me and my colleague who is

administering the site, Steve Hards (email

steve.hards@communitynurses.com or admin@communitynurses.com

Bob Pyke Jr., RN, NP


VIP Account Sign Up Instructions

To sign up for your VIP account, visit the site:


and just follow a link to join up, create your profile, then email my

Colleague Steve Hards at


He will upgrade you to the VIP membership and send you some pointers on

Setting up your profile or adding a blog or article, etc.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Social Life of Health Information

Social Life of Health Information

Telemedicine Key to Health Care Reform

Btw, I belive Canada provides for telehealth in their EHR, if I am not mistaken?
In a new white paper, several U.S. medical experts argue that telemedicine should be incorporated into health reform efforts. They say that telemedicine can help boost access to care, contain rising costs and improve health care quality. United Press International.
White Paper http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/tmj.2009.9960?cookieSet=\

Monday, June 22, 2009

A systematic review of the use of telehealth in Asian countries

This came off of Facebook, but it did get my attention,
A systematic review of the use of telehealth in Asian countries

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Telemedicine to Transform European Healthcare

European healthcare is threatened by soaring costs and limited resources.
Market tests demonstrating that telemedical services can cut costs and
improve treatment are now being implemented across the continent. If you are
injured in a car crash or suspect you are having a stroke, quick diagnosis
and treatment by top specialists could be critical to the outcome. Wouldn't
it be great if you could get that state-of-the-art care wherever you are,
without having to be rushed to a clinic able to handle the case?
This is what the physicians and healthcare administrators of HEALTH OPTIMUM,
an EU- funded initial deployment project, thought when they accepted the
challenge of using IT to enhance healthcare across Europe, while helping to
contain out-of-control costs.

Friday, April 10, 2009

U.S. Diplomatic Efforts Get Tech Support

I run my wifes politcal campaign, but I saw this and I thought it deserves mention?

I don't believe tech is an end into itself to solve problems, but it can be a critical part of the solution." - Alec Ross, new senior adviser on innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

(WashingtonPost) Diplomatic Efforts Get Tech Support

Thursday, April 2, 2009

ICN Telenursing Network

Geneva, Switzerland, 1 April 2009 –
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is pleased to announce the launch of the ICN Telenursing Network today during a keynote address at the Med-e-Tel Conference in Luxembourg.

Members of the new ICN Telenursing Network will collaborate with the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH) Telenursing Working Group, and other professional and industry organisations, to advance the use of telehealth technologies among nurses worldwide. An ICN Telenursing Network Advisory Group, composed of telenursing representatives from different parts of the world, will provide leadership and direction for the work of the network.

The launch and first official meeting of the ICN Telenursing Network will take place on 1 July 2009 during the ICN 24th Quadrennial Congress in Durban, South Africa. All those interested in telenursing and telehealth are invited to attend this inaugural event.

ICN CEO David Benton stated, “ICN is at the forefront of preparing nurses to leverage telehealth technologies so they can extend their reach to patients anywhere and anytime. The publication of the ICN International Competencies for telenursing in 2008 provided the springboard for formation of the Telenursing Network in order to advance telenursing and telehealth. This will be pivotal for nursing and health care in the 21st century.”

Telenursing leaders in the US and Canada proposed the new network to ICN, where it was approved in May, 2008. Led by Dr. Loretta Schlachta-Fairchild, and including Lois Scott, Diane Castelli and Robert Pyke, these network leaders agree that “telenursing is a competency that all nurses will use in the future – together we must act to prepare our colleagues to incorporate this important role into their current practice. ICN, being a visionary organisation with a strong history of nursing leadership, has made a clear statement in launching the ICN Telenursing Network: telenursing offers unprecedented access to care and the ability to export nursing care using technology and is a powerful tool for global health care improvement.”

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of 133 national nurses associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality nursing care for all and sound health policies globally (www.icn.ch).

Carol J. Bickford, PhD, RN-BC
Senior Policy Fellow
Department of Nursing Practice and Policy
American Nurses Association
Phone: 301-628-5060
Fax: 301-628-5349

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Med-e-Tel 2009

When it comes to eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT, Med-e-Tel is the meeting place with a proven potential for Education, Networking and Business among a global audience with diverse professional backgrounds. .
This years opening session will include Global Telemedicine and eHealth Update (with European Commission, International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth, International Telecommunication Union, International Council of Nurses, European Health Telematics Association, Russian Telemedicine Association, Internet Society Belgium) to name a few. And a excellent session NI/Telenursing with the likes of Dr Peter Murray,Lois Scott, Diane Castelli and Dr Claudia Bartz.
I will not there this year, but Med-e-Tel is the best kept secret in e-health/tehealth and ICT in the world and I would recommend it highly from a personal and professional expereince. Go to http://www.medetel.eu/index.php?rub=educational_program&page=program

Friday, March 13, 2009

New Emergency Telemeicine Program in La

I reported about this a few days ago that Baton Rouge, La., has begun to implement a telemedicine program to allow emergency department doctors to begin treating patients as they are being transported by ambulance to the ED. and here is a link the the local news paper in Baton Rouge http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/41190372.html, but here is the link to a video about the program


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The future of e-publihing and the Kindle

Reinventing the Kindle
From Seth's blog and yes I beleive he nails it with his comments?

CES and technologies for older people

Thanks to Steve st Telecare aware for the link.

Friday, February 20, 2009

140 Health Care Uses for Twitter

140 Health Care Uses for Twitter

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Reducing admissions with telehealth or should this be called telenursing?

Perhaps this should be called telenursing?
Helen Rollings, community matron at Swindon PCT, explains the trust's decision to mainstream its telehealth service. (From eHealth Insider,01/21/2009)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

President-Elect Urges Electronic Medical Records in 5 Years

It apppers the president elect "gets it" on the use of EMR?

The 2008 Medical Weblog Awards Nominees

Congratulations to Peter Jones or being nominated as one of
The 2008 Medical Weblog Awards Nominees
You can find Peters web site at http://hodges-model.blogspot.com/ or you can link from my blog..

Monday, January 5, 2009

NHS trust to monitor mental health via text

A text messaging-based system aimed at monitoring the mental health of patients in the U.K. has proven so successful that it is slated to be expanded across the trust later in the new year. The approach grew out of a collaboration with Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health and Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Leveraging Next-Gen Wi-Fi to Transform Healthcare

Interesting article on Leveraging Next-Gen Wi-Fi to Transform Healthcare from Wi-Fi PLanet.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Free Medical Software-open source

From Germany, but in English