August 2016

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Shortage of Healthcare Workforce in Rural American Can Be Mitigated by "Information Technologists"

TeleQuality's CEO recently spoke at the 43rd Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference & 11th Annual Performance Improvement Summit held in Flagstaff. Read his commentary on a potential solution to healthcare workforce deficits through healthcare information technology and telemedicine. Read more
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Inc. 5000 Press Release

TeleQuality has made the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America again! Read more to find out details on our placement this year, ranking criteria, our growth rate and more! Read more
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HHS Grants Move to Support Rural Doctors through Telehealth Training Program

The Obama Administration is committing $9 million to rural health officials in three states that are testing the waters of telemedicine as they try to stem the rising tide of overdose deaths. Oklahoma, Colorado and Pennsylvania have committed to using a telemedicine-style training program to help expand treatment in areas that have been historically underserved by healthcare providers. Read more

USDA Continues Major Telemedicine Training Push

To help connect such rural communities with medical specialists and educational programs in other parts of the country, the Department of Agriculture is awarding $23.4 million in grants to fund 45 distance learning and 36 telemedicine projects in 32 states. The funding will expand access to healthcare, training centers, substance abuse treatment and advanced educational opportunities and resources. USDA Rural Development has provided $213 million for 634 distance learning and telemedicine projects in rural areas nationwide since 2009. Read more



Veterans Health Administration Prepares for Greater Telehealth Delivery Straight into Veteran's Homes  

Until recently home telehealth, remote patient monitoring programs and mobile apps were managed as separate programs at the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Now, they're all organized under the Office of Connected Care. This effort is working towards using mobile technology to connect veterans to friends and family for social weight loss or nutrition interventions, or even to do group therapy for PTSD with members of the same unit, who could work through shared experiences together.  Read more

HHS Announces $16 Million in Additional Funding Support for Rural Healthcare

Health and Human Services funding will be divided into four grant programs that will support 60 rural communities in 32 states, along with seven Rural Health Research Centers.  The funding will expand the use of telehealth technology for both veterans and other patients, while helping to provide policy-oriented research to better understand the needs and challenges facing rural communities. Read more



Schools: Telehealth's Next Frontier?  

The nation's second largest school district is launching an innovative telehealth program this fall, and it won't cost the district a penny. In what could be a model for other cash-straped school systems, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is placing telemedicine carts in five schools in a deal with Florida-based LifeMD. The fully-equipped carts, which include videoconferencing capabilities and integration with EHR platforms and cost anywhere from $25,000-$60,000, will enable students with minor health concerns to meet with a pediatrician within minutes. LifeMD sealed the deal with LAUSD by picking up the tab for the technologyRead more

Lessons from Banner Health's large-scale Cybersecurity Breach

Last week, Arizona-based Banner Health reported it had been the victim of a cybersecurity attack, potentially compromising 3.7 million records in the process.  The incident was discovered on July 7, but Banner stated that the attack first took place on June 17. The hackers were able to gain unauthorized access to patient information, health plan member and beneficiary information, as well as information about physician and healthcare providers, according to data security expert Bill Kleyman. Read more


Conference News

Come see us at the following conference in September! 

NVPCA Region IX Conference

Lake Tahoe, NV
September 7-9, 2016

2016 MCCBH Annual Conference

St. Louis, MO
September 14-16, 2016

APHCA Annual Conference & Trade Show

Mobile, AL 
September 20-22, 2016

2016 MPCA Annual Clinical & Quality Conference

Branson, MO
September 22-24, 2016

2016 OACHC Fall Conference

Columbus, OH 
September 26-28, 2016

PHCA Annual Convention & Trade Show

Lancaster, PA 
September 27-29, 2016

UHCA 2016 Fall Convention & Expo

Sandy, UT
September 27-29, 2016

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Customer Announcements

New TQ Customers: Welcome!

Clinico Rural Health Clinic - Beggs, OK

Customers in the News

Memorial Hospital at Craig - Memorial Hospital at Craig Names New CEO

Long Valley Health Center Medocino Coast Clinics - Community Health Centers Celebrate 2016 National Health Center Week

North Mississippi Health Services - State Earns High Marks for Behavioral Telemedicine

North Mississippi Health Services - Four Stars for Four Northeast Mississippi Hospitals

Quality of Life Health Services - Quality of Life Health Services Receives $300,000 Rural Health Grant

Jefferson Comprehensive CenterJefferson Comprehensive Center Receives Grant to Combat Disease

North Country Health Care - Library Opens Literacy Center at North Country Healthcare

La Paz Regional Hospital - Arizona Health Collaborative Saves Hospitals Money

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