Telehealth Makes Every Home a Hospital

hosThe shrink’s couch has now moved to your living room. Researchers at the University of Zurich have found that online psychotherapy is as good as or even more successful than in-person psychotherapy at reducing symptoms like depression. Kurzweil News:

“In both groups, the depression values fell significantly,” Continue reading

With Telemedicine as Bridge, No Hospital Is an Island

When Sarah Cohen’s acne drove her to visit a dermatologist in July, that’s what she figured she’d be doing — visiting a dermatologist. But at the hospital on Nantucket, where her family spends summers, Ms. Cohen, 19, was perplexed.

“I thought I was going to see a regular doctor,” she said, but instead she saw “this giant screen.” Continue reading

Hospital to Start Testing Tele-Medicine Equipment

tcTo allow more time to be sure everything works well, the South Lyon Medical Center is delaying implementation of its new tele-medicine program until after testing next month.

Kim Crandell, administrator/CEO of SLMC, told the South Lyon County Hospital District Board of Trustees at its Aug. 22 meeting that the use of the tele-medicine cart equipment on actual patients wouldn’t occur until September.

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Analysis Tracks How Health Care Value Has Changed Over 200 Years

Mass. General Hospital records reflect changes in costs, patient mortality

No one questions whether or not health care costs have risen, and risen dramatically, in recent decades. But beyond questions of cost alone is a bigger question: how has the value of health care changed or, in other words, is the health care system getting what it pays for in terms of improved patient health?

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Discharged ER Patients often Miss Instructions

People who are discharged from emergency departments are often unable to tell what symptoms should raise alarms and make them return to the hospital, a review suggests.

Dr. Stephen Porter, head of emergency medicine at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, led a review of more than 50 studies on the subject. The papers examined the content, delivery and comprehension of discharge instructions for both adults and children.

In the hectic and distracting environment of an emergency department, key instructions to patients can be lost. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

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Patience Can Prevent Needless Exposure to Children from Cancer Linked Radiation

Are you a parent? Here’s a simple question to ask yourself: if your youngster receives a bump on the head, would you rather keep an eye on your child for 4 to 6 hours to make sure he or she suffered no serious trauma — or would you prefer that doctors zap your child’s brain with ionizing radiation from costly computed tomography (CT) scans just to make you feel better immediately?

Most moms and dads would probably prefer the simple “watchful waiting” approach if they thought there was little chance their offspring had serious head trauma. And it turns out, according to a huge study of more than 40,000 kids with blunt head trauma just published online in the journal Pediatrics, simple observation is the best approach and also the healthiest — because it doesn’t expose children to ionizing radiation.

So why do about half of all US children taken to hospital emergency departments (EDs) for a head injury receive a head CT scan? Remarkably, the scientists behind the new research claim it is “often to ease worried parents’ concerns”. Simply put, parents are blamed for the outrageously common practice of exposing children needlessly to radiation for a bump on the head. Continue reading