Pursuant to New York State (NYS) Public Health Law (PHL) Article 29-G, as recently amended, and Social Services Law (SSL) Section 367-u, NYS Medicaid has expanded coverage of telehealth services to include: 1. additional originating and distant sites; 2. additional telehealth applications (store-and-forward technology, and remote patient monitoring); and 3. additional practitioner types
Rising use of telemedicine takes different forms.
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Many groups see google glass as an opportunity to provide the clinician an additional channel to review patient information, however, a greater benefit is adding a remote physician into the room with the patient. It might be the new telemedicine disrupter.
While the “Dangers of do-it yourself telemedicine” are not really dangers (article below), they should be considered challenges to building a reliable system. When starting a new project (or upgrading an old) it is always advisable to bring in outside talent to assist with reviewing the options.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has decided to try some “disruptive technology” in their ED by using Google Glass as a telepresence platform. This might be a better way for multiple clinicians to interact with the patient. Trying to maneuver around robots, carts, and cameras can be “disruptive” to practicing medicine.
iRobot is offering a new “drivable cart” as a high-end telepresence option. At close to $70k you can either buy (or lease for $2.5k/month) one of these, or 10 carts from DoubleRobotics or VGo).
Not unexpected – Apple is joining the rush into health tracking.
A Rhode Island Hospital has started using Google Glass in the ED