Tele-Medicine is Growing

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[By Staff Reporters]

radar1According to its website, SwiftMD isn’t just better telemedicine; it’s better medicine because of its physicians’ quality. Patient telephone calls are usually returned within 30 minutes, any time of the day or night. They employ a powerful eHR that is secure, HIPAA-compliant and keeps patients informed about their care. And, it is all done at an affordable price.



Here is the prioritized way in which the telemedicine service is said to work:

  • Request – Call 1-877-WWW-SWIFT or request a consultation online.
  • Assess – No emergencies are accepted.
  • Response – A physician calls back, day or night, usually within 30 minutes.
  • Consult – The doctor discusses your condition, consults your eHR, diagnoses and recommends treatment.
  • Record – A SwiftMD health record is also available 24/7 for updated references.


According to SwiftMD, the service is easy to us; no more driving across town; or sitting in waiting rooms. Just high-quality medical care when and where needed. Group, individual and family plans are available.



Why Teladoc Needs Medical Attention
The Wall Street Journal, October 4, 2015

Only 45% of Diabetes Patients Use Mobile Health Tools
mHealth Intelligence, October 2, 2015

AAFP Still Searching for Right Stance on Telemedicine
MedPage Today, October 2, 2015

Walgreens Expanding Telemedicine on Its App in the Next Month
MedCity News, October 1, 2015

Mobile Health Apps Fall Short in Protecting Data Privacy
Medscape, September 29, 2015

Mental-Health Apps Make Inroads With Consumers and Therapists
The Wall Street Journal, September 27, 2015


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10 Responses

  1. According to the Associated Press, March 25, 2009, US hospitals have a long way to go to join the digital age.

    Fewer than 2 percent have abandoned paper medical charts and completely switched to electronic health records, a new national survey found. Another 8 to 11 percent of hospitals have basic electronic systems in place where at least one department has converted to digital.

    The sobering findings come as the Obama administration plans to spend $19 billion to help modernize medical-record keeping systems.

    Isn’t this ironic, in light of the above post?



  2. CMS Wants to Streamline Telemedicine Credentialing

    A proposed CMS rule would streamline the credentialing and privileging process for hospitals wishing to contract with doctors and other practitioners for telemedicine services.

    Under current CMS rules, hospitals are required to undergo a credentialing and privileging process for each practitioner contracted to provide telemedicine services, even though the practitioner has already undergone a duplicative review at their base hospital. The process, according to CMS officials, creates an undue burden on hospitals, especially small, rural providers.

    The proposed rule, recently published in the Federal Register, would allow hospitals to accept the credentialing and privileging decision of the distant-site facility with which it contracts to provide telemedicine services. The agreement must specify that the distant-site hospital is responsible for meeting the credentialing requirements.

    The proposed rule also stipulates that a distant-site hospital offering physicians for telemedicine services be a Medicare-participating hospital, that the doctors being offered to provide telemedicine services have privileges at the distant-site facility, and that the doctors be licensed in the state where the distant-site hospital is located.

    Source: Shawn Rhea, Health IT Strategist [5/26/10]


  3. E-mail Medicine

    Over the past year, I have experienced a significant increase in known patients contacting me by e-mail for medical advice regarding their conditions. At first, I did not mind the communications as the questions were along the lines of “when did you say I can play golf again?” I now regularly receive photos of wounds with questions like “does this look infected,” or “should I be worried?” Patients do not understand the position that they put us in with these communications. I try to be diplomatic and explain that it is not in their best interest for me to make a clinical decision based on a 1 megapixel smartphone picture taken in a poorly lit room.

    For example, I recently told a patient not to e-mail me with such photos and discussed my reasons. He continues to do so and says that he is now sending “high quality” photos. He missed the point. I don’t do telemedicine! I am not suggesting that there is no place for real telemedicine applications, but patients these days are trying to avoid a co-pay on an office visit, or they are too busy to make an appointment. I am interested in the experiences of others in this area.

    How do my colleagues handle this? I don’t want to seem like a jerk to my patients, but this is not good medical practice on many levels. By the way, I do print and scan ALL e-mail communications from patients into their electronic charts.

    Source: Podiatry Management #4,144 via Dr. Will Parker, Conway, SC


  4. New telemedicine rule draws fire

    Maybe not growing so much in Georgia!

    Dr. Redneck


  5. Video Is About to Become the Way We All Visit the Doctor

    The country’s largest health insurer is putting telemedicine on par with a regular trip to the doctor’s office, effectively saying a video visit is as good as brick-and-mortar medicine.



  6. Interstate Medical License Compact Becoming a Reality

    Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley may have helped advance the cause of telemedicine Tuesday by signing a bill that enters Alabama into an interstate compact that will make it easier for physicians to have licenses in multiple states. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton also signed his own state’s bill on Tuesday.

    Seven states were needed to bring the compact to life, and Alabama and Minnesota joined Idaho, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming whose state legislatures had already passed bills to be on the compact roster. The states passed versions of model legislation drafted by the Federation of State Medical Boards, which has a policy stating that the practice of telemedicine occurs in the state where the patient—not the doctor—is located.

    Source: Andis Robeznieks, Modern Healthcare [5/20/15]


  7. Ways to Beat Telemedicine at Its Own Game
    [Understand that convenience trumps great care]

    We live in a convenience-driven society where consumers (aka patients) prioritize accessibility over quality; sorry to burst your bubble. Think about take-out Chinese food. If you can pick up decent food on the way home rather than driving an extra 10 minutes for great food, which one do you pick?

    To retain and attract patients, think like a consumer.

    Source: Lucien W. Roberts, Physicians Practice [9/16/15]


  8. Tele-Medicine

    “If telemedicine really saved money, payers would be falling over themselves paying for this stuff, right? Because it would actually benefit their bottom line. What tends to happen is that it tends to be an addition. You do the telemedicine, it leads to more tests. It leads to more follow-up visits. And over time, when you look at the data, it turns out that telemedicine overall is not necessarily a big cost saver.”

    Dr. Ashish Jha
    [Director, Harvard Global Health Institute]
    Harvard University
    via Ann Miller RNMHA


  9. What are the top 5 telemedicine trends?

    1. New payment models
    2. EMR integration
    3. Direct-to-consumer and retail telehealth
    4. Artificial intelligence and analytics
    5. The evolution from hardware to software and outsourced services.

    Source: mHealth Intelligence


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