Oklahoma Congressman tours telehealth sites

U.S. Congressman Markwayne Mullin visited Salisaw, Okla. recently to learn more about telehealth and the services provided within his district in eastern Oklahoma. HTRC Oklahoma Director Cynthia Scheideman-Miller helped coordinate the visit. The visit began at the Health and Wellness Center in Sallisaw, which is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). This part of the […]

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) report recommends changes to Medicare coverage

A new DHHS report recommends changes to Medicare’s telehealth coverage. The report outlines the DHHS’s current legislative proposal to be included in the President’s budget request for the 2017 Fiscal Year. The proposal aims to address many of the existing challenges associated with telemedicine by revamping Medicare’s telehealth coverage. Currently Medicare’s fee-for-service program only covers […]

Show-Me ECHO teams kick off fall season

The Missouri Project ECHO program kicked off the fall season this month with the start of their asthma and endocrinology ECHO programs. The Impact Asthma and Endocrinology ECHO programs meet each Tuesday. The asthma ECHO is from 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. and the endocrinology ECHO runs from 12 noon – 1 p.m. See the full […]

Telehealth is coming to a Missouri school near you

Over the past couple years, Missouri has made big strides toward embracing the benefits of telehealth. Legislators have passed bipartisan bills in support of expanding telehealth access, and Missouri became one of the first states to receive state funding for Project ECHO. However, up until recently, schools have struggled to fully implement telemedicine due to […]

Augmented and virtual reality, the next medium for telemedicine

You’ve likely heard of Pokemon GO by now. The gaming phenomenon quickly rose to the top of the mobile game charts last month. One thing you may be unaware of is that the game is one of the first mainstream products to utilize augmented reality (AR). This same technology, along with virtual reality (VR), is […]

The heartland leads the way in telemental health

Last month the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) released a state policy report card for telemental health services. The report, titled “State Telemedicine Gaps Analysis: Psychologist Clinical Practice Standards & Licensure,” focused on the barriers that impede the use of behavioral health services through telemedicine. Each state was assigned a letter grade from A-F signifying their […]

Kansas looks to expand their Project ECHO offerings

The Kansas Project ECHO, led by the University of Kansas Medical Center, will soon expand their ECHO offerings to include asthma and chronic pain. Project ECHO is a case-based model that uses videoconferencing to connect primary care providers (PCP) to teams of specialists so PCPs can improve their “specialty skills” for a particular chronic condition. […]

The Cherokee Nation recognizes the benefits of ECHO

We have previously covered the success stories of Project ECHO in Missouri and Kansas. Now, recent research has demonstrated Project ECHO to be effective for reducing Hepatitis C virus (HCV) rates among the Cherokee Nation population in Oklahoma. HCV is a silent but deadly disease and the majority of Americans with HCV are not aware that […]

AMA taking steps to ensure quality of telemedicine

During last month’s annual American Medical Association (AMA) meeting, CEO James L. Madara, M.D. focused much of his keynote speech on emerging healthcare technologies and telemedicine. “Today we have really remarkable tools – robotic surgery, new forms of radiation treatment, targeted biologics, and we live in a time of rapid development in the digital world – […]

Introducing KanTel, telehealth advisory board in Kansas

Kansas telehealth has a new champion – a newly formed advisory group striving to make telehealth more accessible to residents and providers in the state. The advisory board, known as KanTel, grew out of a need for telehealth experts and legislatures to work together towards improving telehealth adoption in Kansas. The group hopes to serve as […]

Expansion of Telehealth to Allied Health Practices in Oklahoma

Allied health professionals like speech language pathologists (SLP); occupational and physical therapists; and dietitians are increasingly incorporating telehealth into their practice. Last month, the Telehealth Alliance of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Chapter of HIMSS held an allied health forum to discuss the current status and barriers influencing telehealth adoption among these professionals. “There are a […]

mHealth’s role in the war on melanoma

Melanoma is a deadly disease, but detecting it early saves lives. If treated early, melanoma has a 5-year survival rate of 95%. Unfortunately, many people lack access to a dermatologist, making the early detection of melanoma challenging, but mHealth offers a solution. Programs such as Show-Me-ECHO are making progress by using dermatology specialists to remotely train and […]

Missouri’s war on melanoma

Summer is in full swing with many Missourians working and playing in the sun. Unfortunately, living far from a dermatologist, as many rural Missourians do, can delay the detection of the melanomas the summer sun can cause. In fact, according to research published in JAMA Dermatology, the further a person lives from a dermatologist, the greater his […]

Kiosks poised to improve mental health in central Kansas

Earlier this year HTRC reported on Pawnee County Health Department’s plan to purchase kiosks to assist individuals with mental health assessments. In total, Pawnee County in collaboration with The Center for Counseling & Consultation purchased 11 mental health screening kiosks. The kiosks can anonymously screen for depression, generalized anxiety, bipolar, post-traumatic stress and eating and alcohol-use disorders in as little as two minutes. After completing […]