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  • Telemedicine Shows Promise in Parkinson’s Disease Care

    News Medical

    Like countless other patients, Ann Johnson, a retired veterinarian, has been willing to travel long distances and devote an entire day to be treated by a specialist at Rush University Medical Center. But a recent appointment lasted less than 30 minutes, and the only travel was to her living room. Diagnosed nine years ago with Parkinson's disease, Johnson and a family member would drive regularly more than 130 miles from Champaign to be treated by Christopher Goetz, MD, a leading expert on movement disorders and director of the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center at Rush. Then earlier this year, she began participating in a telemedicine pilot project that, if fully developed, would allow about every other of her visits to be conducted via secure, live-streaming video from her home. "As a medical professional, I know the importance of developing innovative approaches," Johnson says. "When you see your vital signs right on the screen, it's really quite neat." The potential of telemedicine — the delivery of health services using communication technologies such as telephone or the Internet — has been discussed for years, but improved technology and lower broadband costs are making that promise very real for patients like Johnson.

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  • How Telemedicine Is Transforming Health Care

    The Wall Street Journal

    After years of big promises, telemedicine is finally living up to its potential. Driven by faster internet connections, ubiquitous smartphones and changing insurance standards, more health providers are turning to electronic communications to do their jobs—and it’s upending the delivery of health care. Doctors are linking up with patients by phone, email and webcam. They’re also consulting with each other electronically—sometimes to make split-second decisions on heart attacks and strokes. Patients, meanwhile, are using new devices to relay their blood pressure, heart rate and other vital signs to their doctors so they can manage chronic conditions at home. Telemedicine also allows for better care in places where medical expertise is hard to come by. Five to 10 times a day, Doctors Without Borders relays questions about tough cases from its physicians in Niger, South Sudan and elsewhere to its network of 280 experts around the world, and back again via the internet.

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  • Payers, Telehealth Vendors Getting Value Out of Partnerships

    Healthcare DIVE

    Health insurers are increasingly looking to telemedicine to ease provider shortages, expand access to care, increase patient satisfaction and lower costs. With advances in data sharing, payers and telehealth companies are also making strides in managing patient populations to improve outcomes. Teladoc, the nation’s largest telehealth provider, is currently working with 28 health plans, including Aetna, Oscar and Blue Shield of California. Others, like RelayHealth and Cirrus MD, are also partnering with insurers. Sharing gaps-in-care data identified through claims data with telehealth providers can help to improve health and outcomes, says Nirmal Patel, CMO at Teladoc, the nation’s largest telemedicine provider. The Dallas-based firm has invested in technology to ensure flow of information between its virtual providers and a patient’s physical doctors and health plan. Today, 48 states and the District of Columbia provide some form of Medicaid payment for telehealth services, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Thirty-two states and D.C. offer some kind of private insurance policy.

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