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VA Eliminates Licensure Barrier to Interstate Telemedicine

As part of the new “Anywhere to Anywhere VA Health Care Initiative,” Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) providers will soon be able to provide telehealth services across state lines regardless of the state’s licensing rules. The goal is to create a national telemedicine network that can reach veterans in their homes or at locations outside VA hospitals. Effective June 11, the change is expected to increase access to care by making more clinicians available for appointments for patients in rural, remote, or medically underserved areas. Read more

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Diabetes Management and Telemedicine at Home

Telemedicine holds untold potential for chronic disease management, but one of the largest areas of impact will likely be for diabetes management. According to the U.S. Pharmacopeia Medication Errors Reporting Program, roughly half of all drug errors involve insulin. Furthermore, studies reveal that more than 97% of insulin overdoses occur at home, and only 60% of patients with type 2 diabetes follow their prescribed medication regimen—many fearing an overdosage. These mishaps can lead to adverse drug events, hospitalizations, and staggering costs, all of which could be reduced by using the feedback mechanism made possible by using telemedicine at home. Read more

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“Smart Socks” Merge Physical Therapy and Telemedicine

At first glance, the concept of physical therapy may not appear to lend itself well to telemedicine due to the physical nature of the specialty, but therapists and patients are finding that physical therapy and telemedicine work surprisingly well in certain situations—especially considering the convenience and low cost to patients. Now, a pair of “smart socks” may revolutionize telemedicine visits with physiotherapists and other such specialists. Read more

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Teledermatology Can Save Lives

Frustrated with lengthy wait times to see a dermatologist, a group of community health centers in Massachusetts has negotiated their own telemedicine reimbursement with four health plans to implement a teledermatology program in order to improve access. Backed by a Partnership for Community Health grant, in its first year the platform has expedited more than 112 cases and referred 60 percent back to the primary care physician without a need for an in-person dermatology visit, saving an estimated 30 percent in annual costs by eliminating unnecessary specialist consults. Read more

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swyMed CMO Noah Rosen selected as one of Boston Magazine’s Top Doctors

 

In the world of medicine, Boston is a world leader, with top hospitals like Mass General, Brigham and Women’s, Beth-Israel Deaconess and Tufts, not to mention top medical schools.  The Boston area attracts doctors who want to be “part of the action” in this thriving, energetic community.  Boston is to medicine, what New York is to Finance and Hollywood is to Film.  It isn’t everything, but it’s a lot.

Boston Magazine annually has a peer-nominated and reviewed listing of the Top Doctors in each field.

Noah Rosen, swyMed’s CMO was named to the 2017 Top Doctors list for Vascular Surgery so we wanted to take a moment to say Congratulations Noah !

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Rural America Faces Tough Healthcare Challenges – How a Technology-Enabled Backpack Might Just Be Part of the Answer

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Treatment Providers Debate the Use of Telemedicine for Addiction

Can telemedicine be used to treat drug addiction?

This past January, the Addiction Industry Executive Summit held their annual meeting. Among the topics was telemedicine addiction—treating addiction remotely. Telemedicine is already commonly used to treat illnesses such as pink eye and bronchitis, but whether it should be used for addiction recovery has been debated heavily. Read more

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New Telemedicine CPT Codes Created

After a long wait, the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes have finally been updated to include telemedicine. A “95” modifier can be added to CPT codes for real-time remote encounters with a video and audio component; the list includes outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) codes, consultation codes, and behavioral health codes, among others. Additionally, a new place of service (POS) code, telemedicine CPT code 02, is required for clinicians who bill for telemedicine services. Read more

swyMed Introduces the DOT Telemedicine Backpack, Enabling Connectivity for Real-Time Mobile Video Consultations from Any Location

First-of-its-kind, plug-and-play backpack reliably connects patients and doctors to improve care and reduce costs

Lexington, Mass – February 14, 2017 – swyMed, a provider of exceptional-quality video telemedicine solutions, today unveiled the DOT Telemedicine Backpack. It is the first lightweight, mobile telemedicine solution that enables field care providers to conduct high quality, reliable, real-time video consults with physicians to treat patients even in the most remote areas or on the go.  Leveraging swyMed’s patent-pending video technology, the DOT Telemedicine Backpack delivers smooth, reliable connectivity for Mobile Integrated Healthcare, at the lowest bandwidth in the market.  The company will be showcasing its DOT Telemedicine Backpack at HIMSS17, taking place on February 19th-23rd in Orlando, FL. Read more

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Telemedicine Offers Hope to Depression Sufferers

A recent study opens new avenues for individuals with depression: Therapy conducted with video medicine can work just as well as in-person visits. This means that patients who have limited mobility, who live in remote areas, or who do not seek treatment openly due to stigmas may soon be able to access psychotherapy treatments privately from their homes or local medical clinics. Read more