2017: A Good Year for Telemedicine

2017: A Good Year for Telemedicine

This same time last year I wrote about the growing acceptance of telemedicine, but in looking back at 2017, I believe “acceptance” is no longer the right word. It’s more accurate to say that hospitals, providers and patients are embracing telemedicine with gusto. It’s a solution for many of today’s most pressing challenges.

Telemedicine’s Strengths Win Out Over Reimbursement Parity Confusion

Parity for telemedicine reimbursement is a long way off in the United States. The variations in rules by region and state can make your head spin. The good news is that telemedicine and the hospitals that implement it are coming out financial winners, even in today’s shifting payment market.

A Hospital Nurse Practitioner Shares the Benefits of Working with Eagle Telemedicine Backup Support

“I couldn’t do what I do without them.” That’s how one Nurse Practitioner (NP) at a critical-access hospital in rural Kansas sums up the backup support she gets from hospitalists in the Eagle Telemedicine program at her facility. Rebecca Carter, APRN, was a champion of the telemedicine program when it began at Anthony Medical Center (AMC) in Anthony, Kan., in January 2015. Today, nearly three years later, she is a stronger champion than ever.

Micro-Hospitals: A New and Exciting Frontier for Telemedicine

When do you ever stop being a pioneer? As long as there are new frontiers to explore, you don’t. It’s the reason that nearly 10 years after we founded one of the first inpatient telemedicine companies, we’re still pioneering the industry: There are always new frontiers. Micro-hospitals, for example.

How To Build a Case for Telemedicine at Your Hospital

Sometimes the most challenging part of implementing a telemedicine program is making the decision to start one. You might be familiar with other hospitals that use telemedicine successfully, but is it right for you? And what about others on your team—are they skeptics, or advocates, or undecided? How do you critically analyze your choices, and then reach agreement among your hospital’s clinical, finance, and administration decision-makers that telemedicine is the right one?

Tele-ICU: An Invaluable Tool for Retaining Patients and Meeting Leapfrog Standards

We’ve discussed in previous blog posts how changes in the provider population are creating opportunities for telemedicine. Because today’s dwindling supply of physicians places a greater premium on work-life balance than their forebears did, telemedicine answers a hospital’s ongoing challenge to provide consistent nighttime coverage. The patient population is also changing. And that means new opportunities for telemedicine, too.

The Buzz at Recent Industry Conferences: “Telemedicine Can Really Do All That?”

If asked to condense our experience at the American Telemedicine Association’s (ATA) International Conference in Orlando last month, and the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) Rural Hospital Innovation Summit which followed two weeks later in San Diego, this line would be it. It’s our prime takeaway from those important industry gatherings.

Eagle Telemedicine Moves Forward as Stand-Alone Company

You might have seen the recent news that the hospitalist practices of Eagle Hospital Physicians have joined Sound Inpatient Physicians effective Mar. 1, 2017. What does it mean for Eagle Telemedicine? Without the responsibility of managing those hospitalist practices, the leadership at Eagle can now focus resources on the continued expansion of our telemedicine practices—and continued leadership in the rapidly evolving field of telemedicine.