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News 12 NBC 26: Web Chat MD?

News 12 NBC 26 interviewed stroke survivor Myristine Colbert about her experience as a patient of the Augusta University Hospital's telestroke program. The interview also includes Dr. Jeffrey Switzer of August University, who talks about the the importance of rapid treatment for stroke patients and how telestroke can facilitate appropriate treatment:  watch the news story. Through the use of REACH technology, Augusta

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News 12 NBC 26: Augusta hospital using technology to save lives in rural counties

News 12 NBC 26 interviewed Angie Vickery, a nurse at Wills Memorial, about her father's experience as a patient of the Augusta University Hospital's telestroke program. In the article, Vickery discusses the life-saving treatment that was made available to her father through the use of telemedicine and the importance of rapid treatment for stroke. The REACH technology has facilitated the treatment with Alteplase of over 1,000 people in

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How to Alleviate ED Psychiatric Boarding: Implementing a Successful Telepsychiatry Program

Broadcast Date: October 23, 2017 View Recording Individuals with mental health complaints account for 7% - 10% of emergency department (ED) visits. These individuals are often “boarded” in the ED while waiting for an inpatient mental health bed, with the national average being a 7-hour wait following the decision to admit. In addition to causing more distress to the individuals, studies have shown ED psychiatric boarding can cost the

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2017 Telehealth Industry Trends

Broadcast Date and Time: Tuesday Aug. 15, 2017, 2-3 P.M. ET View Recording Each year, new telehealth industry trends emerge. While the Telemedicine industry is dynamic and growing, it is also complex. The markers for telehealth success vary depending on the intended use. Healthcare professionals have different questions and concerns based upon their roles. Both internal and external factors create challenges, and facilitating positive

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Report from US GAO – Telehealth Use in Medicare and Medicaid

According to a recent report by the US GAO, telehealth faces several barriers, including inconsistent Medicare and Medicaid policies for payment. On July 20, the U.S. GAO published a web page and document titled “Telehealth Use in Medicare and Medicaid.” The US GAO telehealth report included several findings that confirm what we’ve observed in our U.S. Telemedicine Industry Benchmark Survey. For example, the report noted that one

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Telemedicine Legislation: Likely 2017 Changes and What You Can Do

Broadcast Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017. View Recording   Healthcare organizations across the U.S. are looking for direction on the impact of potential changes in national health policy.  The American Health Care Act (AHCA) raises the possibility of deep cuts to Medicaid funding and reduced coverage in individual markets. Simultaneously, numerous bills have been introduced in Congress that propose expansion of and reimbursement

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Driving Population Health with Telehealth Tools

Broadcast Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 South Carolina is a leader in telemedicine, with a statewide approach that includes cooperation and resource sharing – even among competitive hospital systems. The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and its partners have developed numerous models for addressing essential public and population health initiatives. This webinar will examine two of these approaches. View Recording The South

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Enterprise Telemedicine Deployments on the Rise in U.S. Hospitals

Industry survey reveals key findings, including most desirable platform features As the telemedicine industry matures, U.S. hospitals are increasingly using an enterprise approach, according to the results from the REACH Health 2017 U.S. Telemedicine Industry Benchmark Survey. Forty percent of hospital respondents indicated their telemedicine initiatives are centrally managed (enterprise approach), and almost half of the others that began with

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AHA/​ASA Telestroke Guidelines: Key Takeaways for Your Program

Broadcast Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 In November 2016, the American Heart/Stroke Association published Telemedicine Quality and Outcomes in Stroke, a comprehensive set of telestroke guidelines created by a panel of the nation’s leading telestroke pioneers and thought leaders. These telestroke guidelines are likely to be incorporated into existing accreditation/certification standards for stroke centers. REACH Health has recruited some

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Best Practices for Telemedicine Program Promotion

Download this white paper to learn strategies for telemedicine program promotion. Telemedicine has demonstrated numerous patient care benefits in multiple settings and for multiple medical specialties. But telemedicine in clinical settings doesn’t generate the natural demand or awareness seen in direct‐to-consumer telehealth or concierge telemedicine offerings. Even patients who appreciate the convenience of virtual visits may not

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