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Executive Order Expands Telemedicine and Eases Burden on Rural Providers

On August 3, 2020, President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at expanding access to care through two avenues: telemedicine and eased financial burdens on rural providers. The executive order builds on President Trump’s original expansion of coverage for telemedicine services in early March 2020, an order which was praised by the American Telehealth Association (ATA) and American Medical Association (AMA) for swiftly responding to the growing healthcare crisis. This Health Capital Topics article will discuss the executive rule and the subsequent agency actions on these fronts. (Read more…)

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Historical Digital Health and Tele-Medicine?

Digital Health & Tele-Medicine are NOT 21st Century Concepts!

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Fritz Kahn, a physician, author, and illustrator imagined the future of medicine nearly 100 years ago!

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This 1926 illustration shows “The Doctor of the Future” providing patient care remotely using a telecommunication system & medical devices that track various physiological & health information (electrocardiogram – ECG, X-ray images, temperature, respiratory function, blood pressure).

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About Guardian24/7 Premium Global Concierge Medical Care

What it is – How it works

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According to their website and TV infomercials, the principals of www.Guardian247.com developed the medical systems and protocols for the President of the United States [POTUS], senior White House officials and members of the President’s cabinet to ensure the best possible medical care anywhere in the world.

Today, the convergence of telemedicine technologies and reliable telecommunications has enabled a business model for this same level of service to be brought to the private sector – for the first time.

Telemedicine Enabled

Utilizing state of the art telemedicine broadband capability, and pre-positioned medical equipment, a team of former White House physicians administer services that are purportedly nearly as effectively as if they were on location, saving hours of time and anxiety for routine medical needs – and possibly saving a life in an emergency situation.

Like an Emergency Room

The company favors a core concept known as A ReadyRoom™ that is an installation of medical equipment, supplies and medications pre-placed and installed in a client’s primary residence and/or remote vacation home, jet or yacht. Custom-tailored to the needs and the client and his/her family and location, the ReadyRoom’s™ state of the art technology allows Guardian’s physicians to direct the proper use of the medicine, supplies and equipment either via telephonic or through advanced video teleconferencing links. The model is reminiscent of an emergency room; always on-call, available for use and expensive.  

Assessment

For those who recognize that their most important asset – is their health –  this company has a serious concierge medicine type solution that is not available to the masses. As CEO of Guardian 24/7, Jonathan Frye leads the company’s efforts to provide presidential-level medical care to clients; anywhere and anytime.

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Physician Use Growing Slowly

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Handheld personal digital assistants (PDAs), such as Palm Pilot M130, 500 or 515, Sony Clie, Visor Prism or Pro, Psion, RIM Blackberry, Zaurus, iPhone, Zune and other comparable PDA OS platforms, have revolutionized the communication world this past decade. PDAs and their future counterparts are becoming the catalyst for physicians to use information technology, are becoming the intro for physicians into the world of the electronic medical record software, and becoming the virtual office tool, enabling providers to communicate away from the desktop as well as away from his office practice. The reasons for increased utilization with physicians are portability, pocket-size, provides easy access to information at point of care and regardless of location, improves practice efficiency and workflow, improves drug related decisions and decreases adverse drug events.  

PDA Components

The common uses of PDAs by physician practices are:

 

  • Personal applications such as scheduling, telephone directories, dictionary, “to-do lists” and others
  • Drug databases
  • Clinic suite that ties into the hospital information system
  • Charge and procedure capture
  • Communications, from provider to provider, provider to hospital, provider to office, and vice versa

Palm Operating System

Palm OS still represents the standard in handheld computing, assisting individuals to manage and access information at any time, at any location.  Handhelds are easy to use.  Physicians are using the Palm OS and/or compatible PDAs to access their office schedules, receive downloads of clinical information on their patients, and enter clinical services and charges when performing services at remote locations.

PDA Selection

In selecting not only the PDA but also the software, the physician needs to answer the following questions:

 

  • What would you like to use the PDA for – clinical reference data, patient information, non-clinical applications, personal data, etc.?
  • What information do you need to know about the patient that the PDA can simplify?
  • What is the connection route between the hospital, managed care, or lab and your practice? In other words, how do you get access to the data?
  • What are your price considerations?
  • Do you need a color or black and white screen?
  • What is the system support and warranty?
  • How do you plan to connect to the office or hospital? 
  • Do you want to go wireless or obtain information via a telephone connection?
  • Do you plan to render care outside of your office practice, such as in the home, a clinic, hospital setting, etc?  If so, what would you like included on the PDA that would improve communication with the office and save time at point-of-service in documentation?

HIPAA

HIPAA regulations do not specifically address the specific term PDA, but the regulations do include guidelines for protecting patient information and transmission of this data that can impact the use of PDAs.  Physicians are utilizing handheld digital assistants whether they contain clinical information; or just resource data, may be or not are password protected, and may or may not be officially supported by hospitals or clinics.  Providers as they prepare for future applications and usage of PDAs involving patient information must understand the scope of the new HIPAA regulations as it impacts on patient data collected, stored or transmitted.  Any application involving patient identifiable data must be HIPAA compliant.  The key issues are how to protect the patient information stored on the device, i.e., if lost or stolen, and second how to protect patient information transmitted during a synchronization or wireless transaction.  Probably the most vulnerable aspect is the loss rate with recent studies indicating at least 30%.

Security

Most providers using PDAs for patient data utilize a user ID or password level of security. To maintain security, the provider should be required to re-enter their user ID or password every time they enter the application. Likewise, each PDA should have a “time out” feature, requiring a provider to re-enter his ID or password again. This feature will not prevent individuals with technical skills from accessing this information – the only mechanism is encryption.

Synchronization versus Wireless Applications

1. Synchronization transfers information from the enterprise database to the PDA, i.e., hospital lab or x-ray results, patient demographics, consultative notes, and others.  It is important that the hospital or hospital system authorize and approve the physician for using and transmitting this information and in turn, the provider authenticates and validates his agreement with the hospital before data is transmitted.  In addition for protection, an audit trail of who synchronized and what data was transmitted should be maintained by the hospital system.

2. Wireless providers have immediate real time access to patient data; however this process of transmission is more vulnerable than synchronization.  Wireless solutions can utilize a public or private network. HIPAA require encryption for the transmission of data over the public networks – Encryption is optional for others. Sharing data from a wireless over the Internet represents potential security issues; however, more and more technical firms and providers are using a wireless VPN that allows PDA users to connect securely from remote locations just as laptop users do today.

Other Issues

The other issues are who owns the PDA. If the provider does, he or she should be responsible for the security; however if the hospital does, the hospital should be responsible.  More current applications of Palm OS will include built-in modems for easier wireless communication, improved secure transactions, and ability of greater resolution for graphics, and other Web-based services. In addition, current and future applications will include refined voice dictation.  As an example, MDEverywhere’s package called Everynote allows the provider to digitally record notes and in turn links with MDEverywhere’s coded patient encounter.

The Blackberry

A very versatile product is the Blackberry.  It has web browsing capabilities, embedded wireless modem and can (1) write, send receive and respond to messages right from the unit, (2) access web information, (3) has nationwide coverage with no roaming fees, (4) has voice mail message capabilities, and (5) can be the size of a pager or PDA. The next feature with Blackberry will be its text messages to cell telephones.  New units start around $150-$300 with monthly service charges of $20-$50 depending on the plan.  The wireless Internet connection can be accomplished through Go.Web. 

Assessment

The typical cost for a PDA averages between $300 and $600 – depending on color or black and white – plus the cost of additional software and accessories.  For wireless connectivity, the physician will need to connect with a communication partner. Reference sites for PDAs are: www.handheldmed.com (for clinical, reviews, and news), www.pdamd.com (PDA resources), www.freewarepalm.com (free software programs), www.palmpilot.com, www.handspring.com.  The active shopper can refer to www.zdnet.com or www.palmblvd.com

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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.

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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.

Assessment

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.

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UPDATE 2015

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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