I found this wonderful commentary on the HealthyCal site which provides excellent insight into the continued development and growth of the telehealth industry and how it is affecting it’s target demographic:
Posted By Dan On July 10, 2011 @ 9:24 pm In California Health Report
By Matt Perry
Two generations of computer-savvy gamers and networkers have teased their parents and grandparents about a lack of technological skill, but the coming “silver tsunami” of aging Americans may claim ultimate victory by conjuring up the wizards of digital health.
In what is being called “connected independence,” more seniors are staying right where they want…
Although this article “sounds” encouraging from it’s title, CMS has a loooooong way to go:
When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in early May 2011 that is was streamlining the telemedicine physician-credentialing process, advocates for telehealth couldn’t have been happier. The new rules, which become effective in August 2011, will make it easier for hospitals to use telehealth services like video conferencing to connect rural patients with specialists based in metropolitan areas.
The old telehealth rules require that physicians and…
Telehealth can be a useful tool for health care providers to address issues related to access and quality of care, resource management and the growing costs of care, according to a report released on Monday by global business technology company CSC, NextGov‘s “Health IT Update” reports (Pulley, “Health IT Update,” NextGov, 6/6).
According to the report — titled “Telemedicine: An Essential Technology for Reformed Healthcare” — global health reform initiatives are changing how care is provided and creating new challenges that telehealth can help to resolve.
So many studies show how telemonitoring of CHF patients can improve their health outcomes. Here’s another as reported by InformationWeek.com:
Mobile Apps Help Ease Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms
A UCLA study suggests that linking mobile sensors that monitor
physiological functions and physical activities to smartphones may help reduce
the risk of rehospitalization.
By Neil Versel, June 20, 2011
Wireless sensors that monitor physiological functions and physical activities can help reduce symptoms of congestive heart failure and potentially prevent many hospital readmissions, a new study suggests.