ATA Telemedicine News Brief
April 22, 2010

ATA 2010: Industry Executive Roundtables feature top executives discussing future of telemedicine
American Telemedicine Association
Hear from the top executives in the industry as they discuss the future of telemedicine from a corporate perspective. The past 12 months have seen unprecedented growth and change among the corporations that supply telemedicine products and services. Sustaining that trend depends, in part, on how well the entire telemedicine community works together to overcome hurdles that continue to stand in the way of the rapid deployment of telemedicine. In the Industry Executive Roundtables, corporate executives share what they have seen during the past year and discuss what they are doing to address critical issues for the future.More

Hospital ER wait time via text messaging
The Medical News
The first wave of Spring Breakers has hit the sugar white sands of Panama City Beach, Fla. While most don't plan on a trip to the emergency department while they're on vacation, some end up there. And when they need emergency care, Gulf Coast Medical Center has made it easy for vacationers to find out how long they may have to wait for treatment before they leave for the hospital.More

Word spreading about benefits of telehealth
Atlanta Business Chronicle
From lowering health care costs to expanding the reach of doctors and specialists into underserved areas, telemedicine has numerous benefits for both patients and health care professionals. For this reason, organizations such as the Medical Association of Georgia and the Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth Inc. are working to support and spread the message on how telemedicine can improve patient care.More

New York hospital transforms TV into care tool
Healthcare IT News
The Children's Hospital at Montefiore will deploy new technology to provide interactive patient care throughout the 130-bed facility. Automated patient education is an integral component of the new service, said hospital executives, and nurses will be able to order education programs specific to each patient and track their completion all from existing electronic health record system. The new service also provides entertainment and tracks bed turnover rates.More

Hawaii insurer to adopt new service for remote specialist consultations
iHealthBeat
The Hawaii Medical Service Association, the state's BlueCross BlueShield plan, will be the first insurer to offer a new service that allows primary care physicians to connect remotely with specialists during patient consultations, Healthcare IT News reports. Boston-based software vendor American Well developed the application, called Online Care Team Edition.More



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iRegulate: Should medical apps face government oversight?
Scientific American
When John Allen Reilly visits his hospice patients, he always takes along his iPhone. One of the applications he uses is A2Z of Dermatology, which helps him to classify skin conditions and to show photographs to his patients for comparison. Similar apps for health care professionals include Skyscape's Medical Bag, which contains a host of treatment guidelines, and On Call Notes, a basic notepad.More

With the iPad, Apple may just revolutionize medicine
The Washington Post
Steve Jobs got a new liver, the rest of us got an easier way to watch Hulu in bed, and the health care industry just may have gotten the big break it needed to launch into the 21st century. It's easy to imagine the colossus of Cupertino, Calif., after his hush-hush surgery last spring staring at the ceiling tiles in his hospital room and wishing for a way to hop online without having to bother with a laptop.More

AT&T nabs contract to help support California Telehealth Network
iHealthBeat
The University of California has selected AT&T for a three-year, $27 million contract to build a telecommunications system for the California Telehealth Network, the Sacramento Bee reports. The telehealth network was established in 2007 as part of a $22 million pilot project funded by the Federal Communications Commission. The project aims to improve health care access in rural and underserved areas.More