In this week’s Health IT News Roundup, telemedicine continues to grow across the United States as it gains traction in the state of Texas and city of Philadelphia, but roadblocks remain. There is no doubt that the benefits of telemedicine are staggering and patient demand for telemedicine is high but what’s holding back the expansion of telemedicine are a set of antiquated regulations. Continue reading for more.
Telemedicine: An Emerging Health Care Trend
Advances in science and technology have led to creative new health care offerings such as telemedicine services, a speaker at the Health and Welfare Benefit Plans National Institute in Washington, D.C., said earlier this month. But there isn’t much regulation or guidance on telemedicine. “We are always driven to look for new trends in health care, sometimes because of cost savings and other times because we think it will improve the quality of care,” said Christine Keller, an attorney with Groom Law Group. She noted that using technology to provide remote clinical services could reduce costs and increase access to patients in rural areas. Continue reading to find out more.
Telemedicine’s Time Has Come
The Texas Association of Business recently surveyed 600 registered Texas voters and found 70 percent of them favor the use of telemedicine to diagnose common medical conditions. The association also surveyed 159 member companies, the majority of them small businesses; 77 percent favor the use of telemedicine to diagnose common medical conditions. So what is holding telemedicine back? Read more here.
CHOP exploring telemedicine deal for Native Americans
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Indian Health Service, a unit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, are exploring the creation of a telehealth program for American Indians and Alaska Native children, the two organizations said Tuesday. Find out more about the Indian Health Service’s telemedicine plan here.
9 Roadblocks to Telemedicine from the Physician & Patient Perspective
Telemedicine is growing in the United States, but there are several perceived roadblocks that remain. According to a recent study the perceived roadblocks for physicians varied by practice location. Urban physicians are most concerned about malpractice liability while rural physicians concerns are around about technical problems with the technology. You can find out what the major roadblocks are according to the Medscape “Physician and Patient Attitudes Toward Technology in Medicine” here.