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Telepsychiatry Extends Services Across Maine ERs

In recent years, increasing percentages of emergency department visits have required a psychiatric consult, but the number of psychiatric beds in emergency rooms has dropped. Amidst such a shortage, patients often end up with longer ER stays or are released without being treated. In Maine, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center added emergency telepsychiatry services to their renovated ED in 2010; this allows them to link patients with a mental health professional around the clock. Read more

swyMed Developing Hands-Free, Remote Patient Evaluation (RPE) System Using Glass

swyMed is currently deploying a telemedicine solution that will enable remote providers to perform patient evaluations with the assistance of a patient-side caregiver using Glass Enterprise Edition as their “workstation.” The swyMed video telemedicine system, using Glass’ lightweight, wearable technology, allows patient-side caregivers to keep their hands free and thus remain fully engaged with the patient while simultaneously bringing the skills and experience of a remote physician to the situation. Read more

swyMed Uses Glass Enterprise Edition to Deliver Hands-Free Telemedicine for Patients and Providers Anytime, Anywhere

Initiative Addresses Physician Shortages and Advances Patient-Centered Virtual Visits

LEXINGTON, MA, July 18, 2017swyMed announced today that as a Glass Partner, it is deploying its industry-leading video telemedicine solution on Glass Enterprise Edition to deliver hands-free, remote evaluations of patients from anywhere in real time.

The healthcare industry recognizes the enhanced value that can be gained from remote patient evaluations including improved patient outcomes, efficient use of the increasingly limited number of physicians, reduced readmissions and time saved by reducing in-person follow-ups. Collectively these benefits translate into reduced medical costs, improved patient convenience and improved outcomes.

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Tele-ICU May Improve Outcomes Both During and After ICU Stays

Thanks to telemedicine, ICU patients may soon have more timely access to specialists and more specialty care after discharge from the ICU environment. At Hawaii’s North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH), patients who need critical care are enjoying the benefits of the tele-ICU system that allows patients to receive state-of-the-art care without the treatment delays caused by inter-island transfers to the main facility on Oahu. Meanwhile, at Indiana University, researchers are currently conducting trials for elderly patients who experienced delirium during their ICU visits to determine whether training and exercises delivered via telemedicine can improve the patients’ quality of life. Read more

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Keeping Telemedicine HIPAA-Compliant

Two rising trends are on a collision course: telemedicine and healthcare data breaches. As increasing numbers of healthcare organizations implement or expand telemedicine programs, and as more patients rely on text messages, email, or video to communicate with providers, personal health information (PHI) is at more risk than ever before. Now considered worth 10 times more than credit card information, as reported by Reuters, PHI is an attractive target for unscrupulous hackers. Thus, it is imperative that healthcare organizations and vendors prioritize security and compliance measures and keep telemedicine HIPAA-compliant. Read more

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Sci-Fi No More: Telemedicine Drones Are a Reality

Thanks to telemedicine, medical drones are one giant step closer to reality. A research team in Mississippi has created three prototypes of a medical drone that can fly to the site of a natural or man-made disaster while carrying audiovisual equipment and medical supplies. Once the telemedicine drone arrives, a remote doctor can see the patient’s condition through the webcam and provide first aid directions. Read more

swyMed CEO Stefano Migliorisi to Speak on ‘Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring’ Panel at NVTC’s 2017 Capital Health Tech Summit

WHO: Stefano Migliorisi is the CEO and founder of swyMed. Leveraging its patented technology, swyMed expands telemedicine care to places where it was previously unavailable, powering truly mobile exceptional-quality live video encounters, at the lowest bandwidths. The company’s video telemedicine solutions, including the DOT Telemedicine Backpack, give care providers the ability to connect to doctors for real-time video telemedicine – anytime, anywhere.

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Telemedicine Diabetes Program Improves Outcomes

Among adults with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes, a telemedicine diabetes regimen leads to better outcomes than routine care: greater reductions in body weight, HbA1c, and number of antidiabetes medications. As described in Diabetes Care, the interventional study was conducted in Germany against a backdrop of rising rates of type 2 diabetes and growing costs of antidiabetes medicines. Read more