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Direct-to-Consumer Telemedicine: Has Its Time Come?

April 13, 2014 by Joseph Kvedar


It's time for a thoughtful discussion on one of the most controversial telemedicine questions of our current time. Is it safe and effective care for providers to evaluate and prescribe for patients that they’ve never met face-to-face? Join me in thinking through this question.[read more]


Telemedicine Robots Let Doctors "Beam" into Hospitals

March 27, 2014 by Natalie Yeadon

telemedicine (photo: InTouch Health, RP-7i ROBOT)

Remote presence robots are allowing physicians to “beam” themselves into hospitals to diagnose patients and offer medical advice during emergencies. These telepresence robots are expanding access to medical specialists, which has been a real advantage in rural areas where there is often a shortage of doctors.[read more]

Teleradiology Providing an Increasing Number of Opportunities to Europe

March 14, 2014 by Rich Pulvino

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In January 2014, the European Society of Radiology (ESR) updated its white paper about best practices in tele radiology. The ESR found that teleradiology is bringing new opportunities for both the users of the services and the providers. The main goals behind the white paper were broken down into five key messages.[read more]


5 Fun Healthcare Tools to Help Build Patient Relationships

March 11, 2014 by Veer Gidwaney

healthcare tools for patient relationships

To help patients reach and maintain their optimum level of health, healthcare professionals need to support and utilize the tools gaining prominence in our tech-savvy society. More importantly, they need to become primary motivators in healthy living, not just advisors in times of need.[read more]

Verizon, WellPoint, CVS, Walgreens Ally with Former Senators to Push Telehealth Policy Reform

February 14, 2014 by Deanna Pogorelc

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A cohort of big players in connected health is joining three former senators in pursuit of policy that supports broad use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring. Former U.S. Senate majority leaders Tom Daschle and Trent Lott, along with former Sen. John Breaux, are heading up the Alliance for Connected Care.[read more]

Will Virtual Consults Solve the Provider Shortage?

December 14, 2013 by Liz Seegert

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There are numerous ideas on the table to address the projected shortage of primary health care providers, but I wonder about the latest telemedicine venture from a company called Doctor on Demand. This virtual venture allows anyone to have a face-to-face consult with a physician for $40 per visit.[read more]

Case Study: Virtual House Calls for Parkinson's Patients

December 7, 2013 by Deanna Pogorelc

Telemedicine: the new house call

Virtual house calls are feasible and well-received among people with Parkinson’s disease, according to a telemedicine case study published today. Dr. Ray Dorsey, a neurologist at University of Rochester Medical Center, led a project that offered free telemedicine visits to 50 Parkinson’s disease patients.[read more]

Telemedicine Kiosks in Ohio: The After-Hours Doctor Visit of the Future

October 26, 2013 by Deanna Pogorelc

telemedicine kiosk

Take a look at a 5-by-8-foot device Ohio healthcare providers are hoping will keep non-urgent patients from clogging up emergency rooms and urgent care centers. University Hospitals is working with telemedicine company HealthSpot to expand the system’s reach and give patients better, cheaper access to medical care after hours.[read more]

Doc Punished For Treating Patients Via Skype: What to Make of It?

September 23, 2013 by Joseph Kvedar

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The medical board of the state of Oklahoma recently sanctioned a physician for using Skype to conduct patient visits.This situation brings up several challenges of telehealth — that is, using technology to care for patients when doctor and patient are not face-to-face.[read more]

Transforming the Experience and Delivery of Health Care at the Mayo Clinic

September 9, 2013 by Bill Crounse

Mayo Clinic

Although I have been to the Minneapolis area many times over the years to meet with Microsoft customers and partners, until yesterday I had never made it down to Rochester to visit the world famous Mayo Clinic. The highlight of the day was visiting the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation.[read more]

Using Telemedicine to Increase Hospital Revenue

July 20, 2013 by Michael Sherman


Telemedicine has grown dramatically in the past few years. According to a recent study in the journal Telemedicine and e-Health, not only has it provided benefits to consumers, but it’s now proving to address a hospital’s key objective: boosting the bottom line.[read more]

Patientnado: The Healthcare Storm Is About to Hit

July 16, 2013 by Bill Crounse

Sharknado or bad healthcare: tough choices

There’s a whole lot of care that could be delivered more widely and economically than in the traditional models. It’s time for insurance companies, government, employers, clinicians and citizens everywhere to demand more innovation in care delivery...before we all get eaten alive.[read more]