Earlier this week #Avizia and #AmWell merged. This marks a transition from technology to care delivery for the telehealth industry.
Tele-Stroke- It’s All About Building Relationships
Recent studies have expanded the window to treat strokes from 6 hours to 24 hours. With additional strain on local experts, telestroke is one possible option. Dr. Andrew Barbash, perhaps the busiest neurologist in the cloud discusses his practice. His conclusion, like the rest of medicine, telemedicine is all about building relationships.
Hospitals and the Open-door Transfer Policy: Can We Do a Better Job?
Several weeks ago I was presented with a CT scan on a new patient, a young woman with a severe headache who had been transferred overnight by air ambulance from another hospital. As a center that specializes in diseases of the nervous system, my facility, the Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI), routinely accepts people from around […]
Teleradiology as a Hub for Telemedicine
In the mid 1990’s radiologists began exploring tele radiology. Images were moved from one location, typically where the patient had the exam, to another for interpretation. This transfer allowed load balancing and subspecialty interpretation within a pool of radiologists. By having the right radiologist read the right case, outcomes improve while the cost of care […]
A Blue Ocean Strategy for the Medical Mall
Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, is one of my favorite books, and one that has become a global phenomenon. Given that the strategy it introduces is so powerful, I have wondered why healthcare has been so slow to adopt it. To recall the ocean metaphor at the heart of […]
Rebalancing Tech In Favor of Talk
The last great transition in American medicine occurred in 1965 when President Johnson signed Medicare Medicaid legislation into law. This bill established a safety net for many previously uninsured Americans. It’s worth reflecting on the psyche of our country at that time. We were in a space race with the Russians. Technology was all the […]