This recent study conducted by doctors at the Mayo clinic and published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery in early September is garnering attention in multiple fields including medicine, IT, and business. The researchers used “off-the-shelf” fitness monitors (Fitbits) to measure mobility in elderly patients recovering from cardiac surgery. Their findings show a significant relationship between steps taken and recovery time, and suggest information gathered from monitoring technologies may improve quality of care and post-discharge outcomes.
Catholic Health Initiatives is a Colorado-based health system with a plan to expand virtual services by moving them to a magnet subsidiary which will include telehealth, telemedicine, mobile, media, and gamification. The new subsidiary then plans to market its virtual services to employer groups and payers. Many details are still to come, but we are keeping out eyes on this innovative strategy as CHI’s reach continues to expand nationally.
Telehealth news and events we have been talking about around our office this week:
Telehealth coverage broadens through state legislature State legislatures are hearing a lot about telehealth these days. Missouri became the 19th state to mandate reimbursement by private insurers to healthcare providers for telehealth services. Kentucky has expanded telehealth reimbursement to Medicaid beneficiaries. Mississippi passed a private insurer reimbursement mandate. In the last 7 months, 12 states have introduced or enacted telehealth reimbursement legislation. Around the gpTRAC office, we are discussing ways to get Minnesota involved in doing the same!
Nurses use Google Hangout to collaborate on technology Google hangout isn’t just for teenagers and chatting with friends who are abroad anymore. These providers discuss the usefulness of media for healthcare collaboration in a 25 minute youtube video between nurses in Toronto and Australia.