USDA offers $17.5 M for distance learning and telemedicine
The USDA is making available up to $17.5 million in grant funding to support distance learning and telemedicine efforts serving rural America. The program is designed to assist community facilities serving rural areas acquire distance learning and telemedicine technologies to link with other professionals to improve the services delivered to rural Americans. Each award will be between $50,000 and $500,000. Applications for this program are due by Aug. 12.
Alabama students participate in health studies program recognized by NRHA
The Rural Minority Health Scholars program introduces students from rural areas to college life and gives them an orientation to the need for health and medical professionals in communities like their own. The concept of the Rural Health Leaders Pipeline, which was recognized earlier this year with an Outstanding Rural Health Program Award from the National Rural Health Association, was developed as part of a strategy to recruit rural students into medical school.
HHS offers ACA webinar series
The HHS Partnership Center is hosting a series of webinars that include a question and answer session with HHS staff. “Health Care Law – Health Insurance Marketplace 101” will focus on main provisions in the Affordable Care Act and how to access care in your community at 4 p.m. EDT, Aug. 7. Topics include the health insurance marketplace, how to help enroll others in health insurance and how to receive updates on implementation of the law.
NRHA partner webinars on meaningful use audits and informed device purchases
NRHA partner Veragae will present a session on preparing for CMS meaningful use audits atnoon CDT, Aug. 7 to help attendees understand how to defend against being selected for audit, and if selected, against adverse results. The webinar “Never Hold a Beauty Contest in the Dark” will be presented by Rubbermaid at noon CDT, Aug. 8 to discuss best practices for saving time and money as well as getting the most valuable input from clinicians about device purchases.
Telemedicine clinics make inroads into primary care
The article says that the health IT expansion of the last five years seemed to have left behind videoconferencing for remote patient visits. While it would seem to be a no-brainer that potentially can save time for both patient and provider, telemedicine seems to have been reserved for high-demand specialists. The holy grail for telemedicine advocates has been primary care, which could make video physician visits an everyday occurrence on a much larger scale.
States with the least restrictive regulations experienced the largest increase in patients seen by nurse practitioners
The use of nurse practitioners is one way to address the shortage of physician primary care providers. NP training programs and the number of practicing NPs have increased in the past two decades. However, regulations limiting their scope of practice vary greatly by state.
Remote doctors, one answer to physician shortage in rural Minnesota
Minnesota Public Radio
When a man with a dislocated knee came to the emergency room in the small city of Appleton, Minn., he was treated by a doctor who had never worked on this particular condition. But the doctor was able to hit a button and consult on camera with a specialist in another location. “The eDoctor was able to help him and go step-by-step.”
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VA offers interactive courses on rural veteran outreach and more
The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Rural Health has partnered with the VA eHealth University, My VeHU, to deliver interactive live broadcasts of rural health specific content. Sponsored by ORH’s Rural Health Professions Institute, these courses cover post-deployment care integration, facilitating co-managed care, rural community collaborations and veteran outreach, cultural competence and more. MyVeHU trainings are recorded for viewing on-demand.
When mHealth and telehealth become ‘just health care’
Government Health IT
mHealth and telehealth: Two popular terms in the health care lexicon these days. And two whose days are numbered. “It’s connected health care — no ‘tele-,’ no ‘m-,'” said Jonah J. Czerwinski, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. “This is just health care.”