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 […]

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 […]

The VA announces plans to expand telemental health services around the country

The HTRC has previously reported on the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) commitment to implement telemedicine and their collaboration with the University of Kansas to utilize telemental health. At last month’s American Telemedicine Association annual conference (ATA) in Minneapolis, the VA announced plans to further expand their use of telemental health services across the country. When […]

Dietary consultations: Now available through telemedicine

The Salina Regional Medical Center (SRHC) has worked hard to position themselves at the forefront of telemedicine adoption. In August, 2014 they were recognized as one of HealthCare’s Most Wired Hospitals, and last fall they added a new telemedicine service to their repertoire, dietary consultations. By offering these consultations through telemedicine, patients are able to […]

Project ECHO is making waves on a national scale

People living in rural areas face many challenges when it comes to accessing healthcare, but a recent piece of legislation may bring a solution to this persistent problem. In April, Senators Orrin Hatch of Utah (R) and Brian Schatz of Hawaii (D) introduced a bipartisan bill to the United States Senate known as the Expanding […]

Compacts aim to increase telehealth practice in Kansas and Oklahoma

One of the many benefits of telehealth is that it knows no borders.  In theory, this allows any provider to see any patient, regardless of their location. Unfortunately, things get more convoluted in practice. The complexity of state licensing requirements is one of the biggest barriers impeding telehealth adoption among physicians and nurses. Currently if […]

Montana tackles diabetes head-on with the implementation of a state-wide Diabetes Prevention Program

Recognizing the need to address the growing rate of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the state, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (MDPHHS) piloted its Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)  in 2008. The program was an overwhelming success, with over 45 percent of participants meeting their weight loss goals.  But in Montana’s rural regions, diabetes […]

CoxHealth is making strides in reproductive care by incorporating telemedicine 

Missouri-based CoxHealth has been finding ways to utilize telemedicine for reproductive healthcare. They have recently developed mhealth and telemedicine services for expecting mothers, and women experiencing fertility issues. CoxHealth’s Baby Beginning app is a resource for expecting mothers. The free app provides information about pregnancy, labor, and newborn care, as well as videos and tools for […]

Update on Oklahoma optometry rule change

Last month, HTRC reported on SB1163, an Oklahoma State Senate bill proposing to expand the definition of optometry to include telehealth. On April 7, 2016, this bill was signed into a law by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. The law includes language to improve patient care by creating standards for telehealth practices. According to the Executive […]

KUMC’s TeleECHO program is partnering with rural Kansas communities to treat autism

The rural southeastern Kansas communities of Pittsburg, Coffeyville, and Baxter Springs are partnering with the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) as part of a three-year, grant-funded initiative to improve autism and other developmental disorder outcomes in the area. The initiative will use KUMC’s TeleECHO clinics to link autism specialists at the University with primary […]

Telehealth may expand Oklahoman’s access to optometrists

A bill to expand telehealth in the field of optometry is currently making its way through the Oklahoma State Senate. Senate Bill No. 1163 proposes the use of “…applications designed to be used on a computer or video conferencing via an Internet device either in person or in remote locations…” According to HTRC’s Cynthia Scheiderman-Miller […]