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Telepsychiatry Relieves Shortage in Idaho

Thanks to an ongoing shortage of psychiatrists in Idaho, patients are often unable to seek help for mental or behavioral health issues until the condition has become severe enough to require hospitalization. In an effort to provide relief, Saint Alphonsus Health System has partnered with the University of Washington to create a telepsychiatry program, bringing psychiatric residents virtually to rural Idaho and Oregon. 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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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

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mHealth and Being On-Call Go Hand in Hand

When you think of telemedicine, what comes to mind—a doctor performing a video consult on a computer screen, perhaps? That’s certainly part of telemedicine, but thanks to mobile technology and software with low bandwidth requirements, physicians can now connect with their clinics and patients from nearly anywhere. Read more

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Telemedicine Pilot Program Successful for Parkinson’s Patients

Patients with Parkinson’s disease are used to devoting an entire day and driving long miles to be seen by a specialist. That doesn’t mean it’s easy. Thanks to telemedicine, though, this could soon change. Last fall, Rush University Medical Center launched a telemedicine pilot program that allows patients to visit their physicians virtually, from the comfort of their own homes. Read more

Debunking Common Myths with Telemedicine Facts

Although telemedicine is a rapidly growing field, some physicians remain resistant—perhaps due to misconceptions about the technology. While we can’t help you overcome the inertia of trying something new, we can help you debunk the most common myths with the following telemedicine facts. Read more

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Telemedicine 101: 5 Key Things to Know

The growing acceptance of telemedicine is bringing changes in the way medical care is delivered. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned expert, below are a few intriguing facts you might not know, courtesy of Becker’s Hospital Review. Read more

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Using Telemedicine for Diabetes Care

According to a recent article in Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, managing diabetes at home is about to become easier. Many types of data—such as blood glucose levels, food intake, and exercise patterns—can be measured, transmitted securely, and analyzed. So far, studies suggest that telemedicine for diabetes care can lead to better outcomes at lower costs. Read more

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Astia Health Brings Medical Care To You

Remember when doctors used to make house calls routinely? The days of personalized, in-home medical care are returning, but with a twist. Thanks to video medicine technology, Wisconsin company Astia Health can connect you with a physician, no matter where you are, and deliver treatment to your doorstep. Read more

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Telemedicine Cost Savings Proven Empirically

Telemedicine advocates have long been expounding the savings of reduced or eliminated travel for patients, and a new study has proven that these savings are real. Read more