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Telemedicine Holiday Wish List

I was recently asked what the “Reis Telemed Program” would look like, especially regarding Senior Care. Given the season, I present my Telemedicine Holiday Wish List. The package arrives in the mail just before your 65th birthday.  The package consists of a tablet (with a handle) and a peripheral device along the lines of an […]

Telemedicine and Controversy

I have had the privilege to be involved in telemedicine for forty years.    Then, and now I view this as mostly a very good thing.  The doctor with expertise does not have to be in the same geographic location to help a patient.  While Telemedicine has evolved in so many positive directions, it has been […]

License, Locums and Telehealth

One of the biggest challenges faced by healthcare providers in the post pandemic environment is in hiring and maintaining qualified staff. More than 30 percent of hospitals are reporting that they can’t locate enough candidates to fill open positions, and all are feeling the effects of staffing shortages.1 Staffing and Locum Companies have stepped up […]

Something Old, Something New – TeleFingerprinting

In ancient Babylonia and China, thumbprints and fingerprints were used on clay tablets and seals as signatures. The idea that fingerprints might be unique to individuals dates from the fourteenth century. Fingerprints weren’t used as a method for identifying criminals until the 19th century. In 1858, an Englishman named Sir William Herschel was working as […]

Telemedicine and the Ukraine

How Can I help? Almost two months into the crisis in the Ukraine with no end in sight, its somewhat comforting to see the telemedicine/telehealth community rallying to try and do what they can to provide remote medical support to those still in the Ukraine, and refugees crossing the borders.  Now, telehealth companies are offering […]

Next Big Things

I have been blessed to have a career at the leading (bleeding?) edge of several exciting technologies.  From the early days of electronic banking and the early experiments in telemedicine, I have seen several innovations become mainstream.  What’s Next?  My focus for the past 30+ years has been largely healthcare.  I asked some industry leaders, […]

Some Dark Clouds for Telehealth

  Warning Signs: As a 30+ year veteran of telemedicine (mostly teleradiology and teledentistry) I have always been one of its biggest fans.  I remain enthusiastic, but there are several warning signs that should be considered. Telehealth usage peaked in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic and has since stabilized.  The industry is guessing […]

How Do You Do Teledentistry? (Revisited)

Howard Reis, President, HEALTHePRACTICES When I first started working as the CEO of The TeleDentists up until today when I continue working with them as an advisor and Board member, I continue to get asked one common question.  “How do you do teledentistry?”  The question is a natural one as most of us think of […]

David and Goliath and Telehealth

Having worked with several successful telemedicine/telehealth startups, I have long been captivated with the question of, “How does an ambitious new entrant company successfully do business with a much larger, well entrenched company?” This question applies to all start-ups, but my experience in telehealth/telemedicine provides some insights which can be appreciated by all companies. Quick […]

3 Wishes for Telehealth

Thanks Seema Verma, then the CMS administrator, who in April 2020 declared, “the genie out of the bottle on this one”. 1 As a 30-year telemedicine veteran, now that the genie is out of the bottle, do I get my three wishes? Here’s what I would wish for. Interoperability – 40 years ago, I helped […]

TeleDentistry – After the Masks Come Off

I’m feeling pretty good. It’s two weeks past my second Covid-19 vaccine. It’s gotten me thinking. When will I no longer need to wear my mask in a crowd? And what will this mean for teledentistry? For the Patient According to Becker’s Hospital Review1 in March 2020, 19.5 percent of Americans had a telehealth appointment, […]

Tele-Dentistry – The State of The Union

Teledentistry is the union of dentistry and telehealth (or telemedicine). The State of the union is very strong. The Telehealth industry is booming. The Covid-19 virus changed everything. Research by McKinsey & Company reveals that while only 11 percent of consumers used telehealth in 2019, 46 percent were using these remote services by May of 2020 […]

Stress and Teledentistry

We live in unprecedented stressful times. There is a global pandemic with no announced cure. Unemployment in the U.S. is at historic levels. Working parents need to supervise remote learners while trying to do their own jobs remotely. Racial tensions have gripped the country. Adult children with parents in nursing homes may not be able […]

A New Dimension for Telehealth > E-Commerce

Telemedicine has been with us for sixty years.1 The Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 has brought this capability to the forefront as it is now an accepted component for the delivery of healthcare expertise. Where do we go from here? So many new opportunities. With Teladoc’s recent purchase of Livongo there will be more incorporation of […]

How Teledentistry Has Changed – In the Past 30 Days

What has changed for teledentistry since the onset of Covid 19? In a word, everything. For Patients Patients can no longer visit their dentists as most offices have closed or are only seeing emergency patients. Patients can no longer go the Emergency Room for dental pain as they are standing on long lines or getting […]

Would You Recommend the TeleDentists to a Friend or Family Member?

The TeleDentists stepped up during the Coronavirus pandemic providing an important service during a time of critical patient need. Dental offices closed, but patients continued to get toothaches. Patients found relief by looking for solutions on the Internet or were guided to our site by two major insurance companies, Cigna and Anthem. For most patients, […]

Telemedicine for Millennials

The Millennial generation is the biggest in US history—even bigger than the Baby Boomers.  They value (among other things) Innovation, Convenience and Experiences. Has telemedicine found the demographic group which will make this delivery system a ubiquitous component of medicine?    Several new service offerings suggest that perhaps it has. Slingshot – https://www.slingshothealth.com/ – Is a […]

How Do You Do Teledentistry?

When speaking to former colleagues in telecommunications, teleradiology, or telemedicine about my new opportunity in teledentistry, often the first question I get is, “How do you do teledentistry?” Good question. A prospective client recently asked, “What are things that can be treated with teledentistry” (and without entering the patient’s mouth). The TeleDentists (www.theteledentists.con) replied: Tooth […]

And Now, TeleDentistry

Teleradiology?  Main stream.1 Tele-Psychiatry – Common practice and being used for 50 years.2 Tele-Stroke and Tele- ICU have found their place in hospitals across the country.  And now the emergence of companies dedicated to sub-specialty telemedicine.  Teledermatology, Telecardiology, Tele-orthopedics, Telepathology, Tele-ophthalmology, Tele-obstetrics, Tele-pediatrics. And now, Teledentistry. Teledentistry is the use of information technology and telecommunications […]

Im-Patient Portals (and Im-Perfect EHRs)

I recently had a medical imaging exam.  The procedure went smoothly and the results (report and images) were soon available to me on the patient portal established by the radiology provider.  The referring physician, of course had their own portal with a separate log-in and user interface.  Fortunately, I know to request of a CD […]