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Keeping Telemedicine HIPAA-Compliant

Two rising trends are on a collision course: telemedicine and healthcare data breaches. As increasing numbers of healthcare organizations implement or expand telemedicine programs, and as more patients rely on text messages, email, or video to communicate with providers, personal health information (PHI) is at more risk than ever before. Now considered worth 10 times more than credit card information, as reported by Reuters, PHI is an attractive target for unscrupulous hackers. Thus, it is imperative that healthcare organizations and vendors prioritize security and compliance measures and keep telemedicine HIPAA-compliant. Read more

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Sci-Fi No More: Telemedicine Drones Are a Reality

Thanks to telemedicine, medical drones are one giant step closer to reality. A research team in Mississippi has created three prototypes of a medical drone that can fly to the site of a natural or man-made disaster while carrying audiovisual equipment and medical supplies. Once the telemedicine drone arrives, a remote doctor can see the patient’s condition through the webcam and provide first aid directions. Read more

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Telemedicine Diabetes Program Improves Outcomes

Among adults with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes, a telemedicine diabetes regimen leads to better outcomes than routine care: greater reductions in body weight, HbA1c, and number of antidiabetes medications. As described in Diabetes Care, the interventional study was conducted in Germany against a backdrop of rising rates of type 2 diabetes and growing costs of antidiabetes medicines. Read more

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Tele-Nicotine Can Help Patients Give Up Smoking

A recent pilot study found that telemedicine is effective at helping patients reduce or give up smoking. Dubbed “tele-nicotine”, the initiative at UT Southwestern’s Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center focused on smokers in a homeless shelter. Over the course of the program, one quarter of the participants reported that they had stopped smoking entirely, and another 25 percent significantly reduced their nicotine usage. Read more

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Texas Poised to Ease Telemedicine Regulations

After six years of highly restrictive telemedicine regulations, it appears that Texas will soon allow the expansion of the industry. Senate Bill 1107 is designed to ease the delivery of care using telemedicine; after being passed in Texas House of Representatives this month, it was sent to Governor Greg Abbott for his signature. It is anticipated that his approval is forthcoming. Read more

swyMed Partners with Bassett Healthcare Network to Provide Highly Reliable Video Telemedicine Technology for Its School-Based Health Centers

Initiative to Allow for Real-Time Video Encounters between Network Hospitals and the District’s Educational Institutions

Lexington, MA – May 16, 2017 – swyMed, a provider of exceptional-quality video telemedicine solutions, and Bassett Healthcare Network today announced that they have joined forces to allow for highly reliable video telemedicine encounters within Bassett Healthcare’s 15 School-Based Health Centers (SBHC). Bassett Healthcare’s SBHCs are medical offices located within school buildings, in partnership between school districts and their six network hospitals and 46 regional health centers.  Under the terms of the agreement, swyMed is providing Bassett Healthcare’s SBHCs with the advanced networking infrastructure capabilities to allow for real-time video telemedicine encounters between area students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 and medical staff.   Read more