CEP America Joins Telehealth Failures & Secrets To Success

Telehealth expert Dr Prentice Tom

Prentice Tom, MD

Don’t miss the Chief Medical Officer of CEP America, Prentice Tom, MD, speak on  “Creating the Enterprise Culture Necessary for Success” at the Telehealth Failures & Secrets To Success Conference, Dec. 2-4, 2016 in San Jose, CA.

His keynote presentation takes place at 9:15 AM on December 3, 2016 at the Sheraton, San Jose Airport.

Dr. Tom will join with nationally known healthcare innovators, telemedicine strategists, and technology experts from Microsoft, Intel, Dell, Qualcomm, Avizia, DaVita, US Oncology/McKesson, as they lead 30+ sessions to gain insights into telemedicine implementation, profitability, and user adoption. Telehealth and telemedicine have been touted as healthcare’s savior for years. Market analysis has predicted a $34B telehealth market by 2020. The healthcare marketplace is often described as complex and fragmented.  It is not surprising that many health tech companies have found it frustrating to negotiate the healthcare industry.

In his talk, Dr. Tom will provide a broad view of the enterprise skills necessary for success. Many are familiar with the oft repeated phrase, “culture eats strategy”.  Dr. Tom will provide an informative, humorous view of the type of company culture new start-ups as well as long-term players in the health tech industry will need to adopt if they are to survive the long-cycle business development that characterizes the health care industry.

With over 70% C-Level attendees including Stanford Medicine, Texas Medical Center, UNC Health, GE, ViaSat, and Zipnosis, you don’t want to miss out on this executive education event!

Seating is limited. Visit the official event page to register now! Get 15% discount with code: web150

Get Full Medicare Reimbursement in the Skilled Nursing Facility

skilled nursing facility

Every skilled nursing facility must abide by rules set by Medicare, particularly when it comes to Potentially Avoidable Hospitalizations, or PAHs. In fact, Medicare will soon be changing its reimbursement policy so that if a patient is readmitted to a hospital after a short stay in skilled nursing, the facility is penalized with less reimbursement money through the Medicare program. These changes don’t go into effect until 2019, but skilled nursing facilities are already receiving feedback reports on their performance. More and more, the skilled nursing facility is discovering that telemedicine provides a viable solution for monitoring, assessing, evaluating, and diagnosing patients on site without transferring them out of the facility for care – thus avoiding getting dinged by Medicare in the process.Continue Reading…

How Telepsychiatry Will Revolutionize the Emergency Room

telepsychiatry - Psychiatrists see patients by video


Most ERs do not have a psychiatrist on staff, and yet one-eighth of all hospital emergency visits require mental health diagnoses. Most emergency rooms are set up to deal with physical emergencies, traumatic injuries, and acute conditions. They’re not so ready to deal with psychiatric emergencies such as bipolar or schizophrenic episodes, although these cases are finding their way into emergency departments across the nation in record numbers. Many emergency rooms don’t have a psychiatrist on staff, let alone a mental health professional manning the ER around the clock. The solution is telepsychiatry: patch in qualified mental health providers remotely via video.Continue Reading…

Building Telemedicine Infrastructure in Iraqi Kurdistan

I had the privilege of traveling to Iraq Kurdistan twice in the past two years to help bring much needed telemedicine infrastructure and surgical services to refugees and the local inhabitants. For this I have to thank the work of  renowned hepatic surgeon Dr. Gazi Zibari.

 Dr Zibari builds telemedicine infrastructure in KurdistanContinue Reading…

Is Emergency Telemedicine Failing Because We’re Using the Wrong Technology?

This post was contributed by Richard Fury, a longtime health expert, formerly of Kaiser Permanente. Mr. Fury shared his take on why ambulatory doctors should adopt emergency telemedicine. — the editors

Telemedicine is the low hanging fruit in the quest for affordable healthcare. There are valid reasons why ambulatory doctors must adopt emergency telemedicine.

Surveys show a high percentage of patients accept remote care. For physicians and payers, it is obvious that video visits provide value for ambulatory patients and avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency room. Consider the high cost of bricks and mortar and support staff necessary for traditional visits. So, why haven’t we moved forward with wide adoption?Continue Reading…

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