Entries by John Robinson

Polycom Pushing Tax Inversions?

Huh. Tax inversions are pretty unpopular with the general public, and they aren’t core to Polycom’s operations, sooooo…..  What is their angle here? Maybe: “Do a tax inversion and use Polycom to communicate with your new headquarters!” That’s one way to spend those tax savings.

swyMe takes the Stage at Partners Symposium

These institutions would be comfortable using swyMe, a HIPAA-compliant telemedicine system that allows doctors to interview patients over everyday mobile devices and perhaps avoid a trip to the hospital. swyMe can also transmit audio and video from devices that EMTs can connect up to the phone. (Not many devices with the necessary hardware connectors are on the market, though.)

Britain’s NHS is Best! US is worst of 11…

Congratulations Britain!  You’re the best…and the second least expensive. There was a recent study by the Commonwealth Fund which looked at 11 developed western nations: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the US. They were compared on the following criteria: Quality Care (Effective Care, Safe Care, Coordinated […]

Hackers and Telemedicine Security – Thoughts?

Today’s reporting (and here, here, and many other places) that Community Health Systems hospital network was hacked for personal information is alarming.  Although no credit card–and NO CARE INFORMATION–was taken, social security, birthdays, and addresses all were.  That is, everything necessary to open bank accounts, sign up for credit cards, and nearly anything else that counts […]

Bikers and Teddy Bears: 9th Annual Teddy Bear Ride

Starting at 2 p.m. this Saturday, children in the pediatric center of Covenant Healthcare in Saginaw, MI, which is a customer using HitCast, an earlier release of what has become our swyMed solution, will be receiving between 200 and 400 teddy bears courtesy of the Great Lakes Harley Davidson and Tri-County Michigan Hogs. This is a […]

iPods and Raising Telemedicine Adoption

Our industry has focused too much on cost benefits and administrative/IT buy-in, and not enough on educating, advocating for, and, well, marketing to the doctors, nurses, clinicians, technicians, assistants, and patients. They are the drivers of this change as the end users. The easier we make life for the doctors, they will push decision makers to implement this tech that is making things better for them.

Telemedicine Reimbursement vs. Decreased Readmissions

Telemedicine, by enabling self-care, diagnostics that can be done at home but read at the hospital, and even in-person (via video) consultations with patients, the costs of patient follow-ups goes down as does the number of readmissions. This holds up in study after study: For instance, in one study, chronic heart failure patients using “home-based telemanagement” had 36% fewer readmissions over the course of a year than those without. The mean cost of the readmissions for those using telehealth was also about 35% less. In another, the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs, which has been a leader in telemedicine due largely to how many veterans live in rural and inaccessible areas, reports admissions reductions of 35%–an almost identical result. As more data comes in, 35-36% may become a benchmark number by which to test program effectiveness.