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    Posted September 23, 2015 by

    Elly Kleinman about Telehealth, Telemedicine, eHealth

    In today’s modern society, technology has the potential to improve the quality of health care and to make it accessible to more people. Telehealth, the most rapidly growing sector in the health care industry is simply using digital information and telecommunication technologies, such as computers and mobile devices, to manage patients’ health and well-being. It helps eliminate distance barriers and improves access to medical services that would often not be consistently available in distant rural communities.
    With the use of this latest technologies and sophisticated algorithms, Elly Kleinman expects that Americare will improve the process of collecting data directly from patients, then providing them with diagnoses and prescriptions for treatment, equipment and products. This new medical devices illustrate the interplay between state professional practice laws and advanced technological devices.
    Telemedicine and e-Health practitioners must keep pace with the advances of modern technology, and offer medical centers and hospitals, new and innovative options for managing patient care, electronic records, and medical billing. From researching treatment options to emailing with the doctor, this type of delivery of health-related services and information gives patients tools to better manage their health.
    The mobile health care industry is affecting how the country is managing the health and wellness of its population in a variety of ways. But as an increasing number of devices change the dynamics between consumers, device companies and practitioners’ traditional areas of practice, state laws will need to respond to consumer demands for direct device delivery of certain health care services.
    Also many of these laws were enacted decades ago when most of the people had never even heard of using telecommunication and information technologies in order to provide clinical health care at a distance. Often, state professional licensing boards apply the laws to these innovative devices, even if the laws may not specifically address them. Therefore, many nation states have begun to enact laws requiring commercial health care plans to cover medical services provided via telehealth to the same extent they cover medical services provided in-person. These laws are intended to promote innovation and care delivery in the private sector by encouraging health care providers to invest and use the powerful technologies available in the marketplace.
    Currently, 29 states have enacted commercial payment statutes, and several states are in the process of developing similar bills. The Department of Health and Human Services has also included greater use of technology, in order to achieve their Healthy People 2020 objectives and thus improve the health of all American citizens. But meanwhile, until such laws that address these new technologies are passed, companies are advised to develop strategies that address professional practice law restrictions and incorporate licensed health care professionals into their business models.
    There are many factors that are favoring the growth and expansion of this market. With a virtual health platform, the geographic restrictions of clinical practices begin to lose their meaning. Health care providers, such as Americare, can offer services across state and national borders, but still be generally subjected to the state or national laws of the places where their patients are located. This powerful tool can also reduce barriers to accessing care, increase the convenience and likelihood that a patient will communicate with the doctor, offers inexpensive remote patient monitoring tools to give the provider a stream of health information, draws on data and makes a personal health record accessible to patients anytime, brings the doctor closer to the patient which is especially helpful for people in rural areas or those who don't have easy access to transportation. In addition telehealth technology is suited to alternative payment methodologies because it allows providers to better manage risk.
    Elly Kleinman of Americare has been following the progression of this technology for quite some now, and is convinced that the increased health information exchange will allow providers to better assess and treat patients’ health on a long-term horizon. These are a few ways to manage risk far better than traditional practices, and in that sense Americare has put quite an effort into studying, surveying and exploring possibilities for bringing this technology closer to the patients.
    This combination of high-tech tools with classic doctor-patient relationships offers improved patient care, increased doctor-patient contact, decreased inpatient length of stay, and reduced overall costs.
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