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Telehealth Gains Support from Down Under

May 11, 2012 at 11:29 am PST

Earlier this year the Australian federal government announced it would provide up to $20.6 million, to fund telehealth programs from Australian health organizations, over the next two years in what will be referred to as the National Broadband Network (NBN) Enabled Telehealth Pilots Program.

The overall goal of the program is to enable better access to high quality healthcare services, including easier access to doctors and specialists, reduced travel expenses and less crowding. It will initially focus on aged care, palliative care and cancer care, providing patients health services from the comfort of their own homes.

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Ensuring Proper Healthcare for the Next Generation

Two out of three deaths among children under age five could be prevented with effective primary healthcare globally. It is a generally recognized fact that regular medical care is essential for early diagnosis and treatment of illness and chronic diseases. And poor health causes developmental delays, affecting learning ability and a child’s ability to reach full intellectual potential. Sick children exact a toll on families, resulting in lost income and an overall compromised quality of life.

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Cisco at ATA 2012: Telemedicine at the Center of Healthcare Transformation

Galloping technological change, encouraging economics, new partnerships, and rising consumer acceptance together poise telemedicine for widespread global adoption, according to Cisco and other experts at the 17th American Telemedicine Association meeting this week in San Jose.
“These next couple of years, I think, are critical,” said Dr. Danny Sands, Cisco Director of Medical Informatics. “I think this is the time. This is our time.” Read More »

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ATA 2012: Cisco Addresses Unique Needs of Nurses

May 1, 2012 at 5:57 pm PST

“What I often feel today is, nurses nurse technology rather than nurse their patients.”

So says Cisco Chief Nursing Officer Curtis Dikes, a registered nurse in his own right, whose job at Cisco is to change that.

At the American Telemedicine Association’s 2012 meeting in San Jose, Dikes was kept fully engaged by attendees newly curious about Cisco technology and the customer-oriented thinking behind it.

“It’s not about the technology,” said Dikes during a break. “Technology is a conduit – part of the equation that enables a better care process.”

Do nurses have unique workflow requirements that warrant special attention? Yes, said Dikes, past president of the American Nursing Informatics Association. “Nursing has its specifics just like medicine.”

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Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Keynotes ATA 2012

May 1, 2012 at 5:48 pm PST

Thousands of ATA 2012 attendees heard Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak wax enthusiastic about the future of telemedicine in his Tuesday morning keynote event.

“I love the fact that telemedicine fits into this category of people trying to do good things for those that don’t have access. I love that,” said Wozniak to applause.

”It’s kind of cool for a general doctor to get in touch with a couple of specialists this way.”

In a wide-ranging conversation onstage with ATA President Dr. Bernard Harris Jr., Wozniak predicted that computer intelligence will soon rival human intelligence – with profound implications for health care.

“Computers are getting closer to acting like humans. Your phone knows when you’re touching it now…  and I think eventually they will be listening and looking with their cameras and microphones… You can make devices that see better than a human.

“Once a computer gets smarter than a human, then the company that uses computers will come out ahead economically.” Read More »

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