A new Kansas partnership hopes to improve access to care in rural Kansas

Last month, the University of Kansas Hospital announced a partnership with Hays Medical Center (HaysMed). Although the two hospitals have worked together several times previously, this is the first time they have signed a letter of intent to form an official partnership. This new partnership will benefit both organizations in several ways. Hays Medical Center […]

KanTel meeting

Right: Kirsten Angell discusses telenutrition reimbursement at October KanTel meeting. During the October meeting of KanTel, the board agreed to recommend to the Kansas Behavioral Science and Regulatory Board that they consider expanding the use of telesupervision in licensing mental health professionals. One of the licensing requirements of mental health professionals is supervision by another […]

Skilled nursing facilities soon eligible for Universal Service Fund

In June President Obama signed legislation that added skilled nursing facilities (SNF) to the Rural Health Care Program (RHC) as an eligible healthcare provider. This means that SNFs can begin applying for funding from the Universal Service Fund on January 1, 2017. Among other things, the program helps subsidizes Internet access to make telehealth services […]

HTRC Director to serve on The National Quality Forum

Heartland Telehealth Resource Center Director Eve-Lynn Nelson, Ph.D, was recently asked to serve on the National Quality Forum (NQF). The NQF is reviewing research to “identify existing and potential telehealth metrics to identify gaps and develop a measure framework, prioritized list of measure concepts, and guiding principles for future telehealth measurement.” The committee will focus […]

HTRC says “goodbye” to Oklahoma director

Though HTRC Oklahoma Director Cynthia Scheideman-Miller has moved on to new endeavors, her telehealth legacy in Oklahoma won’t soon be forgotten. Cynthia has been a dedicated telehealth advocate in the state of Oklahoma for over 20 years. In addition to her years of service to HTRC, Cynthia served as Executive Director of the Telehealth Alliance […]

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 […]