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NCTRC Webinar – ETHAN: Emergency Telehealth and Navigation

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Hosted by: TexLa Telehealth Resource Center

Presented by:

Michael G. Gonzalez, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

Description:

ETHAN Overview
In December of 2014 HFD EMS launched an innovative program called ETHAN (Emergency Telehealth and Navigation Program) that utilizes advanced video/audio conferencing technologies. The video conferencing application connects the patient with an emergency physician for patient assessment and evaluation analogous within a hospital emergency room. While the encounter is taking place, the field crew remains on-scene to assist the physician with any additional patient information. This community-based mobile integrated healthcare system provides individuals who call 911 with low-acuity complaints to be triaged by telehealth emergency physicians for non-ambulance (taxi-cab, self-transport) and/or non-ED destinations (primary care clinic, home care) based on individual depositions. ETHAN has successfully increased efficiency and reduced the cost of emergency care by minimizing the use of EMS and ED’s. Here are highlights of ETHAN:

• Surpassed 20,000 patients within the City of Houston
• Diverts 9 out of 10 patients off of Houston Fire Department ambulances
• Reduces each EMS run by 44 minutes
• Generally, 15% of patients avoid the Emergency Room
• Physician/Patient/Medic talk approximately 5 minutes
• JEMS Article: https://www.jems.com/articles/print/volume-40/issue-11/features/houston-ems-advances-mobile-integrated-healthcare-through-the-ethan-program.html
• Youtube Video: https://youtu.be/5uXX8sQX214

School-Based Telemedicine Program Shown to Reduce ED Visits and Improve Morbidity for Children with Asthma

By | Center for Connected Health Policy

Original Source: Center for Connected Health Policy

 

An article published recently in JAMA Pediatrics examined associations between a school-based telehealth program and all-cause emergency department visits made by Medicaid enrolled children. Researchers analyzed 2,443,405 child-months of Medicaid claims data, comprised by 23,198 children aged 3 to 17 years living in Williamsburg county, South Carolina. The data was categorized into pre- and post-intervention, with pre-intervention data spanning 2012 to 2014 and post-intervention data between 2015 and 2017. In addition to overall claims data, the research included a subsample of children with asthma, intended to capture associations between children with asthma and the same school-based telehealth program.
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NCTRC Webinar – PATH & Healthcare Transformation: Advancing Robotics & AI in Healthcare

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Hosted by: Southwest Telehealth Resource Center

Presented by:

Jonathan Linkous

Description:

AI and related innovations have enabled industries such as banking, aviation, and entertainment to grow faster, provide higher-quality products, and allow consumers greater choice. With spiraling costs, increased need and decreasing resources, and rapidly advancing new technologies and participants, healthcare lags significantly behind. PATH is a membership-based, mission-driven alliance to ensure the integration of automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI) into the many components that comprise global healthcare. Healthcare Transformation: Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and Robotics, is a new journal dedicated to transforming healthcare, by bringing together high-quality peer-reviewed research and impactful content dedicated to the advancement of artificial intelligence, automation, and robotics in healthcare, healthcare delivery, education, technology, innovation, and discovery. Mr. Linkous will summarize PATH’s and the journal’s mission and goals and how the field interacts with telemedicine.

Telemedicine Adds Value to an Orthopedic Bundled Payment Plan

By | Recent Telehealth News

Article Author: Eric Wicklund

Source: mHealth Intelligence

For orthopedic practices looking to improve post-acute care, a bundled payment plan that incorporates telemedicine can reduce expenses and improve patient outcomes. But it takes careful planning to create a good bundle.

“You’ve got to know the business,” says Stephen Lucey, MD, an orthopedic surging with Greensboro, N.C.-based Delta Joint Management. “Telehealth offers tons of opportunity for improving care, but you need to know how to fit it in.”

United States Census Bureau to Track Telemedicine Visits

By | Center for Connected Health Policy

Original Source: Center for Connected Health Policy

The U.S. Census Bureau recently announced that it will submit a proposal for changes to the Service Annual Survey to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Within the announcement, the Census Bureau estimates that mental health professionals have been increasing their use of telemedicine during the current opioid crisis and expects more providers to deliver services via telemedicine as insurance coverage for telemedicine delivered  services increases. Therefore, they propose to begin measuring telemedicine as part of a yearly questionnaire administered to service businesses.
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Medicare’s New Virtual Care Codes: A Monumental Change and Validation of Asynchronous Telemedicine

By | Recent Telehealth News

Article Author: Nathaniel M. Lacktman

Source: The National Law Review

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services just issued a proposed rule introducing monumental changes to the physician fee schedule, paving the way for asynchronous telemedicine and new technologies through a new set of virtual care codes. CMS explained the impetus for the bold changes, declaring:

“We now recognize that advances in communication technology have changed patients’ and practitioners’ expectations regarding the quantity and quality of information that can be conveyed via communication technology. From the ubiquity of synchronous, audio/video applications to the increased use of patient-facing health portals, a broader range of services can be furnished by health care professionals via communication technology as compared to 20 years ago.”

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FCC Eyes Support for Telehealth, RPM Projects Serving Rural America

By | Recent Telehealth News

Article Author: Erick Wicklund

Source: mHealth Intelligence

 – Federal authorities are proposing to launch a $100 million program to support telehealth and telemedicine programs for underserved populations, including remote patient monitoring programs that have shown past success in treating rural patients with diabetes and veterans.

The Connected Care Pilot Program, announced by Federal Communications Commission member Brendan Carr and Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker in a July 11 op-ed piece in the Clarion Ledger, would focus on projects for low-income Americans, particularly veterans and those in rural areas. It would also support certain projects over the next two to three years that measure and verify the value of connected care programs in reducing costs, increasing savings and improving clinical outcomes.

The FCC will vote on a Notice of Inquiry at its August meeting to support the program.

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