Telemedicine Screening for Diabetic Retinopathy Brings the Eye Doctor to You

As part of an ongoing effort to reduce the incidence of diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of new-onset blindness, healthcare providers urge diabetics to have yearly eye exams. Despite their efforts, however, less than two-thirds of adult diabetics in the U.S. visit the eye doctor for screening. Researchers at the University of Michigan’s Kellogg Eye Center took a different approach: What if eye doctors could go to the patient instead—via telemedicine screening? Would patients participate in such a program? Read more

EMS World Expo

EMS World Expo Oct. 3-7: All Things EMS (Including Telemedicine)

Don’t miss the upcoming EMS World Expo! Also known as “The Largest EMS Event in North America,” this conference and trade show will be co-hosted with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) in New Orleans from October 3 through 7. Read more

The ATA Fall Forum will be held Sept. 28-30, 2016 in New Orleans.

ATA Fall Forum Sept. 28-30: Navigating Industry Changes

Come join us at the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Fall Forum! This yearly event focuses on the latest updates in the telehealth industry, bringing together well-known experts to help you understand how the changes affect you and your organization and how you can adapt—or even stay ahead of the game. Read more

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Rhode Island to Require Payment Parity for Telemedicine

This summer, Rhode Island became the 31st state to require payment parity for telemedicine services. The new law, the Rhode Island Telemedicine Coverage Act, requires commercial health plans to reimburse for telemedicine-provided services at the same rates at which they pay for in-person visits. Read more

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AMA Urges Telemedicine Training for Medical Students and Residents

Considering that telemedicine is a relative newcomer to the practice of medicine—compared to, say, ECG, which is well over a century old—it may come as no surprise that no formalized telemedicine training currently exists at the medical student or resident level. To correct this, the American Medical Association (AMA) recently adopted a policy to make sure that medical students and residents know how to utilize telemedicine in clinical practice. More specifically, the policy urges the accrediting bodies to add core competencies for telemedicine to their programs. Read more

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Telemedicine Use Rising Rapidly among Medicare Beneficiaries

In one of the first published studies to measure exactly how often telemedicine is utilized, Harvard Medical School researchers discovered that telemedicine use among Medicare patients grew roughly 28 percent each year between 2004 and 2013. This rise is even more impressive in light of Medicare’s restrictive reimbursement policy: Medicare only pays for telemedicine visits if the patient lives in a rural area and travels to a clinic for the telemedicine visit. Read more

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Using Telemedicine for Diabetes Care Improves Outcomes

A recent article offers good news for diabetics: When patient information is monitored with telemedicine, outcomes improve. By digitizing data, such as blood glucose levels, caloric intake, weight, and exercise patterns, patients’ data can be transmitted to health professionals for analysis. Read more

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Telemedicine for MS Brings Therapy Into the Home

Telemedicine is quickly becoming a game-changer for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). The physical disability caused by MS makes it difficult for patients to visit their doctors and physical therapists, but a recent study found that participating in telerehabilitation programs can improve postural control and balance. For these patients, telemedicine for MS can mean the difference between a devastating fall and regaining balance. Read more

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swyMed Featured in RCR Wireless News Interview

As mentioned last week, swyMed has been chosen for the 2016 Innovation Showcase, which features the 20 most promising startup companies in the telecommunications industry. swyMed COO/CCO Jeffrey Urdan recently spoke with RCR Wireless News about some of swyMed’s cutting-edge features. Read more

2016 Innovation Showcase sponsored by the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley

swyMed Selected for 2016 Innovation Showcase

This year, swyMed is honored to be chosen for the 2016 Innovation Showcase, which highlights up-and-coming movers and shakers in the telecommunications industry. Sponsored by the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley, the panel features 20 startups as selected by the organization’s service provider and investor members based on innovation, viability, momentum, and management. Read more