Popularized by TV shows like “Deadliest Catch,” fishing in the northern Pacific and the Bering Sea has been shown to be a dangerous occupation. Even worse, traditionally there has been no access to healthcare while at sea; anyone with medical issues had to either wait until the ship returns to port or summon a costly emergency extraction by helicopter in unforgiving weather conditions. However, with the advent of telemedicine and mHealth, things are changing; as long as they can hold a good Internet connection, they have instant access to physicians who can direct those on board in giving care and support to start treatment and improve triage. Recently, Alaska Maritime Physicians (AMP) partnered with DrChrono to do just that. Read more
Industry Experts in Public Safety Can Now Market, Promote and Co-Sell FirstNet Services
LEXINGTON, Massachusetts, Oct. 5, 2018 – swyMed, a provider of industry leading telemedicine and connectivity solutions, through its relationship with Two Way Direct, is joining AT&T’s FirstNet Dealer Program. As part of its relationship with Two Way Direct, swyMed can now sell FirstNet services to eligible current and future public safety customers.
In support of AT&T’s efforts to deliver FirstNet services to first responders under its contract with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), AT&T has engaged a group of dealers and solution providers with deep knowledge of public safety. This FirstNet Dealer Program will help get FirstNet’s game-changing technology into the hands of first responders throughout the U.S.
“We are very pleased to join the Two Way Direct and FirstNet family. We believe in the ability of FirstNet services to change the communications landscape for first responders and its promise of dramatic positive change for all citizens during and after a devastating emergency,” stated Stefano Migliorisi, CEO for swyMed.
FirstNet is the nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders. Being built with AT&T, in public-private partnership with the FirstNet Authority, FirstNet is bringing public safety a much-needed technology upgrade to help them connect to the critical information they need. Every day. And in every emergency.
“Enabling swyMed, through its relationship with Two Way Direct, to equip first responders with FirstNet service is a great way to meet public safety where they are,” said Stacy Schwartz, vice president, AT&T Public Safety & FirstNet. “The FirstNet Dealer Program makes it easy for public safety agencies to work with the solution providers they know and trust – like swyMed – to sign up for FirstNet service.”
AT&T closely regulates which indirect sellers are approved to promote, market and co-sell FirstNet. swyMed was selected for its focus on industry leading telemedicine and connectivity solutions for healthcare, EMS, and Emergency Services Clients.
To learn more about swyMed, go to http://swymed.com. To learn more about FirstNet, go to FirstNet.com.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
Just this week, at the World of Health Care 2018 (WoHC), conference delegates voted swyMed as the winner of the Smart Solutions Award due to our DOT Telemedicine Backpack’s innovations in tackling challenges to modernize, optimize, and increase the quality, affordability, and accessibility of healthcare. Read more
Veterans Health Administration (VA) hospitals are refusing to be held back by a shortage of Infectious Disease (ID) specialists. A pilot program, described this month in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, paired staff at two rural VA hospitals lacking ID specialists with ID experts at larger health systems for weekly meetings through a connected care platform. Infectious disease telemedicine looks promising: During the study, rural providers followed more than two-thirds of the specialists’ recommendations and became more confident in their ability to determine the best way to use antibiotics. Read more
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
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
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
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 !
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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