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— Source: Department Of Health & Human Services,, Accessed 11/6/09
"Interoperable health IT can improve individual patient care in numerous ways, including ... Complete, accurate, and searchable health information, available at the point of diagnosis and care, allowing for more informed decision making to enhance the quality and reliability of health care delivery."


— Source: Department Of Health & Human Services,, Accessed 11/6/09
"Interoperable health IT can improve individual patient care in numerous ways, including ... More efficient and convenient delivery of care, without having to wait for the exchange of records or paperwork and without requiring unnecessary or repetitive tests or procedures."


— Source: Department Of Health & Human Services,, Accessed 11/6/09
Interoperable health IT can improve individual patient care in numerous ways, including ... Earlier diagnosis and characterization of disease, with the potential to thereby improve outcomes and reduce costs."


— Source: Department Of Health & Human Services,, Accessed 11/6/09
"Interoperable health IT can improve individual patient care in numerous ways, including ... Reductions in adverse events through an improved understanding of each patient's particular medical history, potential for drug-drug interactions, or (eventually) enhanced understanding of a patient's metabolism or even genetic profile and likelihood of a positive or potentially harmful response to a course of treatment."


— Source: Department Of Health & Human Services,, Accessed 11/6/09
"Interoperable health IT can improve individual patient care in numerous ways, including ... "Increased efficiencies related to administrative tasks, allowing for more interaction with and transfer of information to patients, caregivers, and clinical care coordinators, and monitoring of patient care."


— Source: Liv Osby, "Telemedicine Brings Doctor To Patient," The Greenville News, 3/17/09
The Medical University Of South Carolina Provides Remote Neurology Consultations For Patients At Lowcountry Hospitals - Saving Precious Time And Money. "MUSC has launched a program to provide remote neurology consultations for patients showing signs of stroke at Lowcountry hospitals, Garr said. 'Studies show the first three hours are critical,' he said. 'You link to the hospital using the telemedicine connection, and the physician can see the patient and review the studies to see if he is a candidate for clot busting medicine. And it doesn't require transferring the patient.' Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center is linking up with MUSC's stroke program, said Dr. Jerry Youkey, vice president for medical and academic services. He hopes it also can be used for other neurological conditions. Bon Secours St. Francis Health System also hopes to join the stroke network. 'The technology offers so many innovative concepts for patient care,' said chief nursing officer Teri Ficicchy. 'It's very exciting for St. Francis to be a partner in these pioneering projects.'"


— Source: Kim Painter, "Diagnosis By 'Telemedicine' Can Save Stroke Victims," USA Today, 2/15/09
A Phoenix Neurologist Was Able To Help A Stroke Victim 200 Miles Away Because Of Access To A "Telestroke" System. "Phoenix neurologist Bart Demaerschalk was enjoying Thanksgiving dessert at home when he got a message: A woman in an emergency room 200 miles away in Kingman had developed slurred speech and drooping facial muscles during her own holiday dinner. Within minutes, Demaerschalk was looking at the patient, asking her questions, going over her brain scan and confirming a diagnosis: stroke. Demaerschalk is no superhero. He made that 200-mile leap with the help of a two-way video and audio link set up just for such consultations. And it mattered. As a result of the 'telestroke' consultation, he and the woman's local doctors agreed she should be treated with a clot-busting drug that could restore normal blood flow in her brain and lessen her risk of lasting disability."


— Source: Ben Worthen, "Doctor, Can You See Me Now?" The Wall Street Journal, 10/13/09
Telemedicine/Video Connections Between Specialists In Urban Medical Centers And Smaller Local Hospitals Increases Timeliness Of Treatment And Decreases Transfer Rates And Associated Costs. "Experiences like Mr. Buirge's may become more common as hospitals increasingly install video technology to connect local and regional hospitals to large urban medical centers where most specialists practice. The video hookups, which usually include high-definition TVs, a camera, and Internet-connected medical equipment, provide a way for smaller hospitals to tap these specialists' expertise when necessary. That boosts the chances patients will receive timely treatment and lowers transfer rates. Video medicine is useful for diagnosing a range of ailments that rely heavily on visual inspection, advocates say. In addition to strokes, the systems can be used by faraway dermatologists to determine the severity of burns and other skin conditions, and by trauma specialists to assess the severity of a wound. Neonatal specialists are using video systems to figure out from afar whether a newborn needs intensive care."


— Drew Johnson, "Otterbox Cases Offer Robust Smartphone Protection,", 6/21/11
First Responders Are Becoming Increasingly Dependent On Smartphones To Do Their Jobs. "With each new iteration of the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry or Android phone, consumers are faced with the same question: 'How will I protect this device from the inevitable drops, falls, bangs, dings, and scratches that inevitably arise from daily use?' That is even more relevant for first responders who, with the ever-growing use of fire, EMS and police apps, are becoming increasingly dependent on these pocket-sized computers to do their jobs. For civilians, a broken smartphone means an interruption in their quest to defeat Angry Birds. For first responders, a broken smartphone could mean a lost life or a hamstrung investigation."


— Source: U.S. Chamber Of Commerce, "The Impact Of Broadband On Senior Citizens,", 12/08
U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Healthcare Benefits Highlights: – Broadband is enhancing senior wellness and preventive care. – Broadband is enabling lifesaving and life enhancing telemedicine services like in-home monitoring. – The potential for broadband-enabled healthcare services and applications is tremendous.

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