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Newly approved telehealth guideline causes a stir
The Federation of State Medical Boards approved a model telehealth policy this weekend that's made some providers of these services happy and others, well, not so much, because of its emphasis on using video rather than audio technology for a first patient visit.
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Healthcare Social Networks: New Choices For Doctors, Patients
Like most people, healthcare professionals use mainstream social media networks to connect with friends and family. But almost one-third of them also join social networks focused exclusively on healthcare.
Within these communities, providers find medical advice and best-practices, job openings and career tips, research and product information, as well as the opportunity to securely communicate with peers.
Health agencies track outbreaks on social media
by:+By Kathleen Miller
WASHINGTON — Whooping cough first sickened the Illinois high school cheerleaders. Then it struck the football players, the cross-country team, and the band. As it spread within the Chicago suburb of McHenry County in late 2011, another outbreak took place — on social media. A small business called Sickweather LLC said it detected the online flare-up on Twitter and Facebook postings in early October that year. That’s about two weeks before local health officials issued a public statement.
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Americans’ View of Obamacare Remains Mixed
by:+BRIAN M. KALISH
Despite the Affordable Care Act exceeding its enrollment goals, Americans’ view on the law remains unchanged and a majority believe enrollment fell short of expectations.
A monthly tracking poll of 1,504 adults conducted April 15-21 — after open enrollment closed — by Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found that 54% believe enrollment fell short of the government’s expectations, while 21% believe it met expectations. Further, just 43% were able to identify that almost 8 million people have signed up for coverage.
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