Category Archives: TeleMedicine

telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health status

South Carolina sued over telemedicine eye exam ban

A company that wants to provide online eye examinations is suing South Carolina after the legislature overwhelmingly voted to ban the practice in the state.

The suit, filed in the South Carolina Court of Common Pleas, accuses lawmakers of siding with traditional storefront businesses to stifle telemedicine that benefits consumers.

Chicago-based Opternative, backed by the Virginia-based Institute for Justice (IJ), litigates on behalf of others to limit the scope of government. It wants the courts to overturn the ban.

Palmetto Business Daily

Putting telemedicine behind bars

Inmates can spend six to eight hours shackled in holding pens and sitting in traffic as they travel to NYC Health & Hospitals’ Bellevue campus for five minutes with a doctor. “That was frustrating for the patient because they went through this tremendous effort to get there and they could only have this very, very limited time to get their concerns addressed,” Pham said.

Modern Healthcare

More Than Half of Kaiser Permanente’s Patient Visits Are Done Virtually

With the rise of mobile technology and online communications, the hospital chain has been increasingly using technology to cut down on the need for patients to trek to their doctor’s office. Last year, in fact, more interactions between Kaiser’s patients and health care providers were done virtually than through an in-person visit, CEO Bernard J. Tyson said on Thursday.

Fortune

The Boom in Telemental Health

Telemental health seems to be emerging, even booming.  Also referred to as telebehaviorial health, e-counseling, e-therapy, online therapy, cybercounseling, or online counseling, for purposes of this post, I will define telemental health as the provision of remote mental health care services (usually via an audio/video secure platform) by psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists.  Most services involve assessment, therapy, and/or diagnosis.   Over the last few years, I have seen a wider variety of care models—from hospitals establishing telepsychiatric assessment programs in their emergency departments to virtual networks of mental health professionals providing telemental health services to underserved areas to remote substance abuse counseling being provided to inmates in state prisons.

TechHealth Perspectives