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?
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.
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.
When we entered the telemedicine field nine years ago, we knew we had a winner on our hands. What we couldn’t predict was how the field would evolve over the following decade.
I’m honored to be on the list of presenters at the American Telemedicine Association’s International Conference & Tradeshow in Orlando, April 23-25. My topic? How teleneurology marks an important evolution in telemedicine—and how it delivers ROI on three levels to hospitals that use it.
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.
With the increasing physician shortage, particularly in specialty areas such as critical care, cardiology and nephrology, telemedicine is delivering valuable support to the clinical care programs at many U.S. hospitals. And now, with the growth of long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs), telemedicine offers an effective model for bringing periodic specialized physician care to LTACH patients, while solving night coverage challenges.
Sometimes, technology moves faster than our willingness to accept it. Such was the story with personal computers and cell phones. What once seemed like novelties or expensive playthings are now indispensable. The same can be said for telemedicine. If I were to pinpoint the most significant trend in the industry as we move into a…
This isn’t the first time I’ve written about the growing number of uses for telemedicine programs in hospitals today. But as the list of telemedicine specialties expands at a rapid pace—most recently into the areas of telecardiology and telenephrology—it’s worth taking another look at this booming part of our company’s business, and why it’s happening.…
Our Job #1 as leaders of a telemedicine and hospitalist management company is to respond quickly to the needs of hospitals and stay attuned to their challenges. That’s why we make it a practice to attend the American Telemedicine Association’s annual Fall Forum—not only to share news about our programs with hospitals and physicians, but…