According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, telehealth is often used to refer to a broader scope of remote healthcare services than the term telemedicine. Telemedicine is the remote delivery of clinical healthcare services and information using telecommunications technology. Telehealth includes remote non-clinical services, such as provider training, administrative meetings, and continuing medical education, in addition to clinical services. Although telehealth is broader in scope, the American Telemedicine Association and many other organizations use the terms
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It’s easy to get swept up in the holiday cheer. The combination of religious and national celebrations can help keep the winter blues away, but sometimes not the pounds. The feasts and parties that make the holiday season so special with friends and family can tax the arteries and strain the waistline. By eating just 200 extra calories a day you could pack on two to three pounds over this five- to six-week period! The average weight gain over the season is 7 to 10 pounds! No thank you…. Here are some tips toward a more mindful approach to navigate holiday feasting like a boss:
HCI is the only company of its kind to be named 2017 Modern Healthcare’s “Best Places to Work.”
Congratulations to the whole team. This recognition is for you!!
The week prior to Hurricane Irma’s land fall was a very busy week for many Floridians. When your home office is in South Florida and you have diagnostic laboratories in Tampa, Gainesville, Starke, Live Oak, and Daytona, HCI gets even busier. To demonstrate our commitment to our patients, business partners, and employees we have put together a brief timeline of what exactly goes into preparing for a natural disaster like Hurricane Irma, as well as what it takes to get sites up and running again within a timely manner.
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HCI remained in constant contact with each site administrator and each employee stationed at each site throughout the entire emergency response process to instill confidence that their respective diagnostic laboratories are in capable hands. At HCI it is our endeavor to anticipate the needs of each of our business partners before they have the time to even consider writing us an email or calling us. It is our pleasure to hear them say, ‘Wow, you’ve thought of everything. Thank you for making my life that much easier.’
In 2016 nearly 60 million people, or 20% of the American population live in rural areas. While roughly 10% of the countries physicians practice in these areas. With fewer doctors, better technology and updated equipment we can keep rural areas from falling behind. Diagnostic imaging is important to mobilize rural healthcare and the expansion of care.
This equipment can be used to predict and treat conditions before they become serious medical issues requiring more care and more resources. These imaging machines need to be reliable. Ease in operation is important, given the low number of physicians available to oversee procedures in rural America. High quality images are also key to the success of rural imaging, as they give a more accurate view of conditions that need to be treated.
Heartcare Imaging (HCI) has been in the industry for almost 20 years and is dedicated to rural health care. Rural residents have greater transportation difficulties reaching health care providers, often traveling great distances to reach a doctor or hospital. It is vital that most hospitals have these imaging modalities to keep patients close to home.
‘Critical’ – everyone reading this probably realizes that when we hear the word critical we associate it with something being important. Therefore, calling designated small hospitals in rural areas ‘Critical Access Hospitals’ is suitable. Located in rural America, they serve patients that are not close to Regional Medical Centers. But distance does not make these American’s healthcare any less important. Critical Access Hospitals, ensure that these citizens have quality healthcare available in a timely manner.
CAH facilities are there for emergencies, where patients can be treated and then released or stabilized and moved to an institution that can provide the necessary care. Having the local emergency staff saves lives daily.
It is often said that prevention is the best medicine… having rural healthcare available allows patients to see their physician for regular visits where disease can be diagnosed early. Without these facilities, patients would most likely forego traveling hours for these routine check-ups. Missing these simple but important visits means when the patients do look for care they tend to be more dire cases that require an elevated level of care. The availability of these hospitals and providers locally not only benefits the patient’s health, but is a financial win for both the patient and our healthcare system.
HeartCare Imaging, INC (HCI) is dedicated to working with CAH and other rural hospitals to serve patients while enhancing the facilities viability. At HCI, many of our senior manager are from rural America, we understand and love working with our neighbors!
Senate Bill Seeks to Reduce Restrictions on Telemedicine.
“The bill, the Evidence-Based Telehealth Expansion Act of 2017, was introduced late last week and would give the Health and Human Services secretary the authority to waive Medicare restrictions on the kinds of telemedicine it covers — as long as the actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services concludes it would indeed save money.”
To read more about this exciting legislation visit:
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This is their 10th year honoring workplaces throughout the healthcare industry that empowers employees to provide patients and customers with the best possible care, products and services.
We will be attending the Sept 28th awards dinner in Las Vegas during Modern Healthcare’s
annual Workplace of the Future conference.
Did you know your heart is about the same size as a pear? Your heart pumps blood through the body, supplying oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and removing carbon dioxide and other types waste. You want the best for your heart.
A heart attack is a very serious medical condition that affects not only you but your entire family. This is why we advise you to step up and take control. Here are some healthy changes to help prevent a heart attack: