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We’ve seen enormous changes in the healthcare industry in recent years, mostly relating to the more efficient storage and usage of patient data through blockchain technology and the digitisation of patient files.

In the past two decades, the growing penetration of technology in the industry has yielded new medical devices, automated treatments, and improved diagnostic processes, giving doctors, scientists and patients renewed hope for the treatment of diseases some of which, until now, have been largely untreatable.

Using telehealth technology still requires good bedside manners - just call it your screenside or webside manners. So what do providers need to know that is different between an in-person encounter compared to a telehealth encounter?  The space involved with making that first impression via telehealth is significantly smaller than meeting in-person in a clinical setting.  Besides being two-dimensional, your space is limited to the size and quality of the monitor projecting your image on the other end of the connection.  You only get one chance to make a first impression – so make it good.

The United States Distance Learning Association, founded in historic Boston in 1987, has grown to become the nation’s leading distance-learning organization.

The USDLA’s members are talented professionals from around the world. They network and share best practices with literally every distance learning constituency, including telehealth; corporate training; basic and higher education; home schoolers; continuing education, government programs, advances in technology, and more. Members collaborate in person and from a distance, with all available modalities, with expertise in videoconferencing, webinars and online learning.  

If you read the morning paper or watch the evening news, you are likely to read or hear an update on the high costs of prescription drugs, emergency room visits and other healthcare essentials. The rising costs are not a new trend, but one that doctors and patients would like to see go away.

The good news is, it’s gradually going away around the country, thanks to another trend called integrated healthcare, established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  

Here’s how it’s been trending in Arizona.

In early November, the Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP) and the Southwest Telehealth Resource Center (SWTRC) partnered with Summit Healthcare to bring “Building Innovative and Successful Telehealth Programs: Improving Access and Enhancing Care” to Show Low, a rural community located on the Mogollon Rim in east central Arizona. We were so proud to jointly produce an all-day telehealth workshop for more than 50 healthcare professionals not only from this region but from multiple states. We also were honored to be the very first special event held in Summit’s newly opened educational conference room.

Yikes! Here we are again, heading into the holidays, that time of year when we rush to the store for the perfect turkey, knowing we’ll spend the next several weeks shopping for gifts, baking cookies, writing cards, and making sure we get to the post office on time.

And then we sit down and stop to think of all the people and things we are thankful for. And we are thankful to our friends and colleagues, who are willing to share their thanks with us.

The digital age has presented numerous benefits for a variety of economic sectors with the health industry among the biggest winners. From faster communication between patients and health professionals to better service delivery, health organizations have seen improvements in a variety of daily operations. Sadly, the digital age is a double-edged sword, and as more health organizations use the latest technology, there is the looming threat of poor data security.

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