Telemedicine may be able to significantly help healthcare access in the rural parts of the United States, according to a report by health care company UnitedHealth Group (Minnetonka, Minn., U.S.A.).
According to the report, there are only 65 primary care physicians per 100,000 rural Americans -- 40 less than the 105 per 100,000 urban and suburban Americans.
Telemedicine is technologically ready to meet the growing demand for access to health services in developing nations and remote areas around the world, say experts from IEEE (New York), a non-profit professional technical association. However, widespread use of telemedicine will require greater collaboration between technologists and clinicians according to the association.
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A fast-growing number of software applications offer doctors the chance to view X-rays or monitor heart rates from iPads or smartphones, prompting U.S. health officials on Tuesday to propose government oversight for some of the more complex health applications.
A portion of the apps perform tasks that mimic the work of medical devices and could cause harm if they failed to perform as promised, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials said.
Last week the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) submitted a letter to Julius Genachowski, chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), regarding the “poor administration of the Rural Healthcare program.”
The Rural Health Care Program is designed to provide discounts to eligible rural healthcare providers for telecommunication services and monthly internet service charges. It also aims to deploy telehealth services where immediate health services are not readily available.
The Western Australia government last week announced it will spend $36.5 million on telehealth services in six country hospitals located in inland Western Australia.
The initiative, funded under the Liberal-National Government’s Royalties for Regions Program, is the centerpiece of the State Government’s spending on health in the 2011-2012 State Budget and aims to reform and improve access to healthcare, according to a government statement.
NASA last Friday announced an experiment titled “Advanced Diagnositic Ultrasound in Microgravity,” which involves crewmembers onboard a space shuttle conducting ultrasound exams on one another as they are instructed from a radiologist on the ground.
According to the announcement, “Crews traveling beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO) need the telemedicine strategies this experiment investigates, should injury or illness occur in space. There are also widespread Earth applications for emergencies and rural care situations.”
A team of neonatologists at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles have published a research paper indicating that the use of a remote-controlled, robotic telemedicine system in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is feasible and safe.
This study conducted considered 304 patient encounters on 46 premature and full-term newborns in a level IIIa NICU, the unit caring for the most critically ill infants. During each patient encounter, the infant was evaluated by both an onsite and an off-site neonatologist.
On Tuesday it was announced that the New Zealand Telehealth Forum has been established to promote the use of telehealth in healthcare delivery and is timed to maximize the benefits of the Government’s broadband program.
The National Health IT Board has funded the establishment of the Forum. Members of board include practicing clinicians, senior DHB managers, researchers and consumer representatives. The CEOs of the Health IT Cluster and TUANZ (representing health ICT suppliers and telecommunications users) are also on the Forum Board.
The 2011 mHealth Summit will build on last year’s success by bringing a dedicated focus to the business, end-user, and policy perspectives of mHealth, fostering in-depth dialogue to identify and accelerate cross-cutting value chains and sustainable mHealth business models from around the globe.