The Value of Telemedicine for the Long-Term Acute Care Hospital

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.

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Three Key Trends Will Fuel Hospital Use of Telemedicine in 2017

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…

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What’s Next: Telemed Applications Growing to Telecardiology, Telenephrology

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.…

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Telenephrology, Night Coverage and Other Hot Topics from the ATA Fall Forum

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…

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For the Sake of Patients and Providers, We Need a Uniform Approach to Telemedicine Reimbursement

Most of us are aware of the shortage of physicians, exacerbated in many geographic areas, and typically worst at night and on weekends. Physicians utilizing telemedicine technology have demonstrated time and time again the ability to provide quality care via telemedicine on a 24/7 basis virtually anywhere. It is not technology or physician capability that…

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How Telemedicine is Saving Rural Hospitals

Recently, I was quoted in a Medical Economics article about the the benefits of telemedicine in rural areas and the hospitals that serve these communities. The article focused on technology solutions for combating the physician shortage.The article addressed how the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recognizes the importance of telemedicine in helping physicians become…

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