Telemedicine Technology Is Being Used to Educate Doctors Around The World

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At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, doctor Thomas C. Lee, a pediatric retina surgeon, is using telemedicine to educate Armenian doctors on surgical procedures for premature infants suffering from retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). ROP occurs three times as often in Armania in comparison to the USA and causes permanent blindness in both eyes. Surgery can prevent blindness for these infants but the operation must be performed within two days of the child’s birth.

The Armenian Eyecare Project approached Lee in 2009 and has been working with him since, using telemedicine tools to provide a cost effective educational program. This educational program teaches Armenian surgeons how to diagnose ROP and perform vision saving procedures. In 2017, Lee has been using telemedicine video monitoring to mentor and teach surgeons in the operating room. To date, 4,437 infants have been screened for ROP and 309 procedures have been done to treat ROP.

Since 2016 Lee has been using Microsoft technology which has reduced lag time and buffering greatly. Lee believes that this technology can be used in remote cities throughout the US as well as in third world countries all over the world. This would improve the quality of care in such areas. Telehealth communication is an extremely efficient way to educate doctors in rural areas.

Clocktree believes that healthcare should be accessible no matter where you are. Providers like you are joining the telehealth sector everyday, and providing virtual healthcare options for your patients. If you are interested in offering telehealth services as part of your practice do not hesitate to give us a call at 302-990-8935 or send us an email at info@clocktree.com.

An Inside Perspective on Teletherapy & Entering the World of Telehealth

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Melissa Stringer, LMHC, DCC, and NCC, certified therapist in Sunnyvale, Texas explains her new found knowledge as a therapist using teletherapy. When she first entered teletherapy Stringer was looking for a more flexible work schedule so she could spend time with her newborns at home. Teletherapy was the perfect solution.

Before she started virtual sessions, she had many questions and concerns on how teletherapy would compare to an in person session. She found that becoming Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) certified gave her much more guidance and reassurance when entering this field. Melissa recommends it for anyone entering the world teletherapy.

As she gained a client base she found that her past fears had been washed away. She was worried that she wouldn’t be able to read body language or facial expressions but discovered her fear to be completely unfounded. Stringer believes people are often even more natural over these virtual sessions because they are from the comfort of their own home. She even had clients tell her the online experience was better than their previous face-to-face sessions. 

In her virtual experimenting Stringer did find a few downsides. Dropped calls, poor connections, or frozen screens due to internet strength and weather did not prove conducive to teletherapy. However, she also found her no show rate dropped immensely due to the accessibility of teletherapy sessions.

Melissa recommends to any potential teletherapy clients to do research on platforms and make sure that they are HIPAA compliant and the providers have the proper credentials. If teletherapy is something you are looking to add to your mental health practice check out our website, contact us at 302-990-8935 or send us an email at info@clocktree.com to learn more.

Patients Are Realizing the Value of Telemedicine

Relaxing on a sofaPatients are starting to realize the value of telemedicine. The convenience of having a virtual visit from home, as well as the overall lower cost, is becoming increasingly appealing to them, particularly for those under 50. According to a survey performed by Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) 54% of patients preferred virtual visits to in office visits.

Although many patients are interested in virtual healthcare, a rather small number of providers supply this service. Providers have not been rapidly adopting telemedicine due to a number of reasons, one being the lack of reimbursement options. However, all 50 of the US States have some sort of telehealth coverage within their medicaid plans, and this trend toward telehealth coverage is continuing forward. FierceHealthCare states physicians can net $25 more per virtual visit than in-office visit. Providing some evidence that adding telemedicine to your practice would not only benefit your patients but also increase your profit.

Patients are gaining interest and physicians are seeing an increase of coverage for this up-and-coming healthcare technology. The time to adopt telemedicine is now, are you as a provider ready to see how telehealth fits best into your practice?

If you’re interested in learning more about the world of telehealth and the benefits it can bring to you and your patients check out our other blog articles!

3 Reasons Telemedicine Will Continue to Grow in 2017

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Clocktree wants to help your practice reach its full potential. Telehealth is becoming increasingly useful in the world of healthcare and Clocktree is ready to provide you with a secure space to communicate and work with patients.

In an article from the Modern Medicine Network, they state three reasons on why telemedicine will grow in 2017. This is a brief overview of the opportunities telemedicine is taking advantage of.

1) Increasing consumer demand for alternative health care access.

Patients are looking into ways to schedule appointments more easily and flexibly into their busy schedules which is leading to a change in the face of healthcare. By allowing them to have access to online healthcare, a provider’s consumer base shall continue to grow because of telemedicine’s convenience.

2) Strategic pricing options.

Modern Medicine Network believes as healthcare reform of the ACA continues it is likely to increase the number of uninsured patients in the US. It is also likely for those covered under employer-provided health insurance to have high deductible healthcare plans in the future. Telemedicine offers a less expensive and more accessible alternative to the typical health care system particularly in comparison to unnecessary and costly emergency room visits.

3) Telemedicine will help providers meet MACRA guidelines.

(MACRA is the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act and replaces the current medicare reimbursement using a pay-for-performance motto, focusing on the quality of care.)

Since MACRA was passed in 2016 there has been an increase of technology in a provider’s medical practice. With this increased use of technology, telemedicine will become increasingly useful and relevant to both patients and providers.

If telemedicine is something your practice wants to take advantage of please try our free starter package of up to ten hours of video usage per month. If you have any other questions about adding Clocktree to your practice don’t hesitate to give us a call at 302-990-8935 or send us an email at info@clocktree.com.