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  • What Are the Effects of Telemedicine in a Safety Net setting?


    How well does telemedicine work in a safety net healthcare setting? Pretty well, it turns out. A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine analyzed the effect of a teleretinal diabetic retinopathy screening program on both screening wait times and screening rates in the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. The LAC DHS, which serves underinsured and uninsured patients, is “the largest publicly operated county safety net health care system in the United States,” the study points out. It serves more than 800,000 patients each year. Diabetic retinopathy, the top cause of working-age adult blindness in the United States, impacts more than 5.3 million Americans, according to a study in The Lancet. And it isn’t rare in the Los Angeles area — a study in Ophthalmology found the prevalence of DR among diabetic Latinos ages 40 and up in Los Angeles was just under 50 percent. The JAMA Internal Medicine study also notes that the retinal exam wait times for newly diagnosed diabetes patients in LAC DHS have been at least eight months, if not longer. 


  • Report: Telehealth’s Economic Impact Could Have Broad Reach in Rural Communities


    Telehealth could save hospitals in rural parts of the country an average of $81,000 annually. But that economic impact would likely spread throughout the community, cutting down on travel costs for patients and boosting revenues for other healthcare providers. The estimates were published in a report (PDF) by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, which used economic data from 24 rural hospitals in four states to calculate the potential costs savings of a telehealth program for community members and hospitals. Although hospitals would likely see costs decline after reducing the number of full-time providers and utilizing specialists in urban areas, patients would see dramatic reductions in travel costs and lost wages. Community members would save an average of $24,000 each year in travel costs, and recoup nearly $17,000 in lost wages for patients traveling farther to receive specialty care. 


  • Physicians Sour on States’ Telehealth Implementation Efforts

    mHealth Intelligence

    Some 44 percent of U.S. doctors say their state hasn’t done a good job implementing telehealth, while only 15 percent feel their state has done well or very well. The results come by way of the online physician community SERMO, which recently polled more than 1,650 U.S. physicians on their state’s efforts at supporting telemedicine and mobile health programs. A similar poll among 1,831 international physicians found 19 percent rating their country favorably in its telehealth implementation, while 43 percent had negative reviews. Doctors in most states opted for a middle-of-the-road evaluation of their state’s efforts, casting a vote for “fair.” Still, in almost every state, negative opinions outnumbered positive ones.