Search Results for chronic traumatic encephalopathy

Equivocal long term telemonitoring studies released by Telemonitoring NI, U. of Wisconsin

...The HSC Public Health Agency for Northern Ireland and Queen’s University Belfast have released an evaluation of the six-year (2011 – 2017) Remote Telemonitoring Service for Northern Ireland (RTNI). The Centre for Connected Health and Social Care (CCHSC) launched the Telemonitoring NI project in 2011, which enrolled over 3,900 patients with COPD, diabetes, weight management, stroke, heart failure and kidney problems in both telehealth (vital sign) and telecare (behavioral) monitoring. The study period was through 2015, but the program continues to be implemented by all five NI Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts across a range of chronic conditions.... Continue Reading

Weekend Big Read: will telemedicine do to retail healthcare what Amazon did to retail?

...because present digital capabilities will not be future capabilities, and the shift to virtual will be a gradual process Telemedicine will address doctor shortages and grow into coordinated care platforms embedding expertise (via connected diagnostics, analytics, machine learning, AI) and care teams Telemedicine will eventually go up-market and directly compete with large providers in urban areas, displacing a significant amount of in-person care with virtual care Telemedicine will start to incorporate continuous feedback loops to further optimize their services and move into virtual health coaching and chronic care management Telemedicine platforms are also sub-specializing into stroke response, pediatrics, and neurology... Continue Reading

Tunstall pairing with Inhealthcare digital health for NHS remote monitoring

...click to enlarge A digital link of hope for Tunstall’s future? Announced at The King’s Fund Digital Health & Care Conference but oddly not receiving much notice was the UK collaboration of Tunstall Healthcare and Inhealthcare. Inhealthcare builds infrastructure for digital health services, and currently works extensively with multiple NHS regions and programs, such as the North of England Regional Back Pain Programme, NHS England’s Sheffield City Region Test Bed and the Darlington Healthy New Town project. Their services include telehealth monitoring for INR, COPD, medication reminders, a smartphone app platform, chronic pain management, and a surprising one... Continue Reading

CTE found in 99% of former, deceased NFL players’ brains: JAMA study (updated)

...click to enlarge Updated for additional information and analysis at conclusion. In the largest-ever case study published of CTE–chronic traumatic encephalopathy—VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS) and the Boston University School of Medicine’s CTE Center found mild to severe CTE pathology in nearly all of the brains of former football players studied. Jesse Mez, MD, BU Medical assistant professor of neurology and lead author on the JAMA study, said that “The data suggest that there is very likely a relationship between exposure to football and risk of developing [CTE].” The CTE is marked by defective tau (stained red in... Continue Reading

‘Let me die at home’. The human and financial cost of ending telehealth (Cornwall UK)-update

...advance to the telehealth user’s GP, and will provide community services or getting a helper to manage their condition. From this article, Mrs. Diggett is 1) an exception to their findings and 2) the handoff appears to have been dropped. Mrs. Diggett has five serious chronic conditions. She is on oxygen. Last December, she was in hospital for three weeks. Post-discharge, she was given telecare and telehealth monitoring of her vital signs (weight, blood oxygen, blood pressure), performed by her husband and sent to a care coordinator (a ‘medical expert’ in the article). There’s medical intervention if things trend poorly.... Continue Reading

Telemedicine reduced hospital readmissions by 40% in rural Virginia: UVA study

...In last week’s Senate subcommittee hearings on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s Universal Broadband Fund and Rural Healthcare (RHC) program, the University of Virginia’s Center for Telehealth chalked up some substantial results confirming the effectiveness of telemedicine in rural areas. In advocating further funding for an expansion of the program, they presented the following: A 40 percent reduction in 30-day same cause hospital readmissions for patients with heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, stroke, and joint replacement It enabled over 65,000 live interactive patient consultations and follow-up visits with high definition video within 60 different... Continue Reading

Ericsson report: will 5G close the healthcare gap from hospitals into the home?

...Ericsson, one of Europe’s leading telecom companies, earlier this month published its latest ConsumerLab report, “From Healthcare to Homecare” on the next generation of healthcare enabled by the greater speed and security of 5G–the fifth generation of wireless mobile. Their key findings among consumers and industry decision makers contained surprises: Growing frustration with hospital wait times. 39 percent prefer an online consult with a doctor versus waiting for the face-to-face. Wearables are perceived as better ways to monitor and even administer medication for chronic conditions–nearly two in three consumers want them. But medical grade wearables will be required. Yet... Continue Reading

76% of health systems to adopt consumer telemedicine by 2018: Teladoc survey

...mix of services under telehealth is evolving. Presently, the top three among current users are urgent care, primary care, and psychiatry/mental health. For new users, their priorities are ED/urgent care (45 percent), readmission prevention (42 percent), primary care, including internal medicine and pediatrics (42 percent), chronic condition management (41 percent). Nearly one in five (18 percent) plan to include cardiology services. As implemented by health systems, telehealth has run into problems that were totally predictable and will provoke the ‘Duh?’ response from our Readers. From the report: They didn’t measure patient or physician satisfaction with their telehealth programs, even though... Continue Reading

VA says goodbye to VistA, hello to Cerner for new EHR–and possible impacts (updated)

...over 1,700 sites of care, serving 8.76 million veterans. VA will be running a rapidly aging VistA along with developing and rolling out Cerner Millenium to 2022 or later. Who will be responsible for maintaining VistA over that time, if software isn’t a ‘core competency’ of VA? VA has, as acknowledged, different services than the DoD MHS and a far broader age range to serve with many more chronic and specialized needs. These modifications will take time, resources, and staff. VA will require additional funding from Congress to move to Cerner versus maintaining/updating VistA. DoD’s cost for Cerner and partners... Continue Reading

CBO finds as budget neutral telehealth in Senate CHRONIC Care Act

...Sneaking under the holiday week wire, when Congress high-tails it for home, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reviewed the telemedicine and telehealth provisions in the US Senate’s pending CHRONIC Care Act and found last week that they do not increase or decrease Medicare spending overall. Formally S.870 – Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017–and sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, this means that this bill developed by the Senate Finance Committee’s bipartisan Chronic Care Working Group has passed a key spending acceptability test, and is another step further towards passage.... Continue Reading