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The American Telemedicine Association would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we continue to reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the ATA Telemedicine News Brief a look at the most accessed exclusive content articles from 2014. Our regular publication will resume next Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015.

An aging America: The future of healthcare depends on telehealth
By Karen R. Thomas
From Aug. 14, 2014: As a country, we are living longer and in greater numbers. The number of people over the age of 65 in America is predicted to rise to nearly 80 million by 2040, according to the Administration on Aging. When that happens, there will be more people living in our country who are over the age of 65 than at any point before in history, a fact that has many wondering if the U.S. healthcare system will have the resources, systems and integration to care for such a substantial older adult population.
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Just another day at the office?
By Dr. Howard Koseff
From Jan. 16, 2014: You know the usual morning drill: alarm, haul yourself out of bed, coffee, exercise, breakfast, news, and then it's the carbon-burning commute to work. The order in which we get the list done may vary, but this is essentially what the start of an average day looks like not only for family doctors but for most of the working public, too. Well, not for me. My family practice office is home-based thanks to telemedicine, and I've seen the last of the wasteful carbon-emitting commute that was my former life.
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Telehealth strategies for improving your healthcare business
By Karen R. Thomas
From Oct. 9, 2014: Telehealth is on its way to becoming a mainstream part of the healthcare industry. Telehealth statistics show that industries across the healthcare continuum — including home care, hospitals, accountable care organizations, behavioral health and more — are benefiting from using telehealth technology to support their clients, patients and employees. The big question for many companies, however, is whether telehealth is right for their organization. The following are some strategies to use when assessing how telehealth can improve a healthcare business.
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Why telemedicine is the future of healthcare
By Jessica Taylor
From May 29, 2014: Telemedicine is the hottest trend in the healthcare industry, and it is becoming more and more important to healthcare providers and patients around the world. According to medical professionals present at this year's ATA 2014 conference, telemedicine is the future of the healthcare industry. The trend is already backed by many hospitals and major health insurers, and the U.S. government recently endorsed telemedicine through Medicare and Medicaid.
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With the emergence of telemedicine, where do nurses fit in?
By Joan Spitrey
From Sept. 25, 2014: Remote medical monitoring is what most frequently think of in regard to telemedicine. If fact, the use of remote monitoring has been in place for more than 40 years, and has be highly effective in rural areas. But the overall concept of telemedicine is to bring a specialist's expertise to a facility "virtually," saving the patient being transported unnecessarily. So much has changed in the healthcare world with the advent of technology and the evolution of telemedicine. And telemedicine continues to evolve as technology becomes more advanced. So where do nurses fit into this changing landscape?
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The ER doctor in your living room
By Maria Frisch
From Jan. 9, 2014: Virtual emergency rooms benefit hospital-based locations by screening and treating low-urgency and common medical problems. This frees up both staff time and resources to focus on high-urgency, major medical concerns. Thus, no patients go without the level of care they require. For this reason, some local ERs have started to offer their own virtual service. Are virtual ERs the solution to common problems that have plagued ERs for decades? Time will tell.
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Telemedicine: Improving children's access to care
By Julie Bernhard
From May 22, 2014: Almost 900,000 Americans die each year from heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory disease and unintentional injuries. Up to 40 percent of these deaths could be avoided if individuals made lifestyle changes and attained increased access to healthcare. While the U.S. is expanding coverage through the Affordable Care Act, the law does not fully address the problem of access. Variability in accessibility is dependent upon several socioeconomic factors, and this issue was discussed at ATA 2014, the American Telemedicine Association's annual meeting and trade show.
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Text-to-911 availability has important mHealth implications
By Christina Thielst
From Aug. 21, 2014: The FCC has taken another step toward a 911 system that fits with how Americans are communicating. The new rules will make Text-to-911 more uniformly available by the end of 2014 — and this has important mHealth implications. The four largest wireless carriers already support Text-to-911, but the new rules establish a timeline for the remaining text messaging providers to be prepared to support Text-to-911.
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Impressive new smartphone apps in health and medicine
By Rosemary Sparacio
From May 1, 2014: Smartphones are just about everywhere. In the U.S. alone, more than 91 million Americans now use a smartphone. Of course, these devices are much more than just a phone. The fact that there are apps for many areas in personal health and medicine is a logical step to help individuals take better care of themselves and for researchers to find ways for individuals and physicians to do just that. Clearly, the ongoing research, development and availability of health apps is on the forefront of medicine and shows no signs of slowing down.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Does telemedicine work in 'hands-on' specialties? (Medscape)
Free videocast: This Month in Telemedicine (American Telemedicine Association)
Telehealth works wonders in Mississippi (Healthcare IT News)
Walgreen joins MDLive to access doctors via telemedicine (Forbes)
Video visits blocked despite doctor shortage (USA Today)

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