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Top Four Ways Telemedicine Enhances Patient Engagement

These days, healthcare providers are looking for ways to increase patient engagement. Many forward-thinking organizations are finding that telemedicine offers a versatile tool for building meaningful relationships with patients and their families while reducing the cost of delivering care. Read more

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What’s the Difference between swyMed and Elvis?

swyMed will be “Taking Care of Business” at HIMSS 2016—where will you be?

 

How do we stack up against Elvis? Read more

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AMA Endorses Telemedicine Bill

Consumers aren’t the only ones who are clamoring for the more convenient healthcare—it seems that doctors are, too. On February 3, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced its support for the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act, a telemedicine bill that aims to increase patients’ access to providers and reduce healthcare costs. Read more

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Telemedicine Preserves Clinical Impressions

Those who are skeptical of telemedicine question whether the quality of care provided by a video visit can match that of an in-office visit, but a recent study suggests that clinical impressions are retained highly during telemedicine consultations. Read more

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CMS Approves Telemedicine for Medicaid Encounters

Just this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a final rule proclaiming that telemedicine for Medicaid home health services may qualify for reimbursement. CMS urges individual states to determine specifically the types of telemedicine that will be authorized. Read more

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Are You Heading to HIMSS16?

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held February 29 through March 4, 2016 in Las Vegas. Although HIMSS covers a broader range of topics than telemedicine, we encourage you to stop in and take a look if you’ll be in the area. HIMSS offers a rich resource for keeping abreast of the latest research and legislation in the healthcare industry, as well as opportunities for education and certification as a health IT professional.

Oh, and one last thing: Super Bowl Winning Quarterback and Five-Time NFL MVP Peyton Manning will give the closing keynote address. What does football have to do with health IT? I have no idea, but success principles are the same no matter the industry!

To learn more about HIMSS16, visit www.himssconference.org.

To learn more about the HIMSS organization, see www.himss.org or send us an online message at swymedical.swyme.com/contact.

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3 Surprising Telemedicine Uses

By now, you’ve most likely heard about telemedicine being used in hospitals, ambulances, and doctor’s offices—and maybe even workplaces and pharmacies—but the technology is appearing in more places than you might think. Of all the places that are leveraging these services, here are just three of the most intriguing telemedicine uses. Read more

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Telemonitoring Helps Patients Stay Healthy

Lately, we’ve been hearing about how well telemedicine and remote patient monitoring can lessen hospital readmissions, reduce costs, and improve efficiencies, but does it really help the patients? A new meta-analysis says the answer is a resounding “Yes.” Read more

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Research Highlights Success of Telemedicine Mobile Stroke Units

A new study indicates that telemedicine mobile stroke units offer a practical and cost-effective way to treat suspected strokes more quickly than waiting until arrival at the hospital. Most mobile stroke units bring a neurophysician on board, but it’s a time-consuming and costly strategy. Read more

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ATA and AMA Team Up to Increase Reimbursement for Telehealth

In a move aimed at increasing reimbursement for telehealth services, the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and American Medical Association (AMA) are working together to suggest new CPT codes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) later this month. If accepted, the new codes would allow CMS to recognize and reimburse more telemedicine services. Read more