National Maternal and Infant Nutrition Intensive Course

HTRC Director Eve-Lynn Nelson, Ph.D., recently presented for the HRSA-funded, National Maternal and Infant Nutrition Intensive Course to highlight telehealth programs for pregnant and postpartum women. Nelson overviewed the MomHealth Pilot, an effort to improve outcomes for teen mothers and their children. This innovative intervention augments “traditional” telemental health visits and telesupport groups with iPads preloaded […]

State telehealth regulation quick reference guides

Looking for a quick, easy-to-digest summary of telehealth regulations by state? HTRC maintains state-by-state quick reference guides for Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. These guides are meant to serve as a starting point for reimbursement and regulations, but please contact HTRC for more detailed information at 877-643-HTRC.              

Kansas connects community to free mental health and substance use checkups

A Central Kansas partnership will soon use telehealth kiosks to connect adults and adolescents with substance abuse or mental health issues to providers. Additionally, the project will connect law enforcement and local mental health centers for real-time psychiatric screenings. The Centene Foundation for Quality Healthcare, in collaboration with Cenpatico awarded $110,000 to the Pawnee County […]

Telehealth Straight Talk: Implementation tips from rural hospital COO LeRoy Dickenson

Implementing telehealth services can seem like a daunting task. With all the factors to consider, hospital administrators and providers often are unsure of where or how to start. In this episode of Telehealth Straight Talk, Chief Operations Officer LeRoy Dickenson from Cloud County Health Center in Concordia, Kan., shares his top tips and experience in successful telehealth […]

Rule changes would increase access to speech and language audiology services

The Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology has new proposed rules involving telehealth that are currently open for comment. The new rules would change the definition of “telepractice,” currently defined as “the application of telecommunications technology to deliver professional services at a distance by linking clinician to patient/client or clinician to clinician […]

Kansas pediatric conference

HTRC recently exhibited at the Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics annual conference to provide resources for and better understand the needs of pediatricians. According to HTRC director Janine Gracy, one of the biggest barriers to pediatric practices’ implementation of telehealth is that they are simply very, very busy. “We have received inquiries […]

Mercy taking telehealth to the limit

  This month Mercy opened the first freestanding telemedicine center that will exclusively see patients remotely. With a staff of 330, the new $54 million complex houses specialists who can monitor and diagnose patients, as well as mid-level providers who will use state-of-the-art technologies to care for a growing number of patients. Though based in […]

TRCs address needs of rural users with vendors at mHealth Summit

The annual mHealth Summit regularly features mind-blowing health technologies, bringing together vendors, clinicians and administrators from across the country. But asTelehealth Resource Centers (TRCs), we frequently work with rural organizations with lower-tech and lower-cost telehealth needs. At the November 8-11 Summit, HTRC’s Janine Gracy and other regional TRC representatives met with vendors who wanted to learn more about rural health […]

Five promising technologies from CES2015

The top innovators in consumer technologies met in Las Vegas recently for the International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES®). The CES is frequently used as a launch pad for new technologies and projects from global tech giants to the hottest venture-capital start-ups. HTRC’s Cynthia Scheideman-Miller and Candace Shaw were there and spent time with many […]

MTN telederm app

Missouri Telehealth Network Assistant Director Mirna Becevic recently designed and implemented a pilot study to test a dermatology app built by the University of Missouri team. The teleMDID (Mizzou Dermatology Image Database) makes clinical photos immediately available to be viewed on clinicians’ iPads so that they do not have to wait on the far site […]

New iPhone, new mHealth potential

Are you ready for an iPhone upgrade? So far buzz about the iPhone 5S has been muted in comparison to the glee generated by previous releases. But in the mHealth world, there is reason to be excited, according to Eric Wicklund at Healthcare IT News. New technology and an additional processor allow the phone’s compass, […]

iPads support patients with severe digestive disorders

For patients with severe digestive disorders, receiving nutrition intravenously through a central line can be a lifesaver. Also called home parenteral nutrition (HPN), these IV lines can improve patients’ physical health, as well as the quality of life. But despite modern advancements in pump technology that allow more patients to be treated at home, there […]

HIPAA-compliant texting in Kansas

The new HIPAA law is an expansive, 600-page tome of rules and regulations designed to protect patient privacy. But one side effect of the new Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is the burden of responsibility it places on tech start up companies. Under the new rule, businesses that contract with hospitals for technology […]

Pairing Preemies and Parents with an iPad: Novel telemedicine plan helps families of low-birth weight babies stay connected

Babies born prematurely often spend significant time in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). For parents and family members, especially those who do not live near a NICU, this separation from a new baby can be a heartrending and stressful time. But HTRC’s partner, Missouri Telehealth Network (MTN), is working with the University of Missouri’s […]