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TCMS Tackles Telemedicine at Forum

[MMA News Now, Aug. 14, 2014] More than 40 physicians and other interested providers gathered in St. Paul at an Aug. 6 forum to discuss the future of telemedicine. The event was co-sponsored by the Twin Cities Medical Society and Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center.

Bryan Burke, M.D., a general pediatrician and professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital, discussed the benefits of adopting a tele-education, tele-consultation, tele-practice and tele-research program at clinical practices.

Burke, who also serves as pediatric liaison between the American Telemedicine Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, described the successful state-wide telemedicine program implemented at the University of Arkansas including a weekly “tele-peds” CME program in which pediatricians throughout the state and around the country receive real-time information on current patient cases and new therapies.  

He encouraged all physicians to embrace the opportunity to allow patients and their families to receive their medical care in their own communities through telemedicine technology.

A similar discussion will take place at the MMA’s Annual Conference in September with a forum on telehealth and its associated regulatory, legal, coverage and payment issues. For more information on the forum and the Sept. 19- 20 Annual Conference, visit the MMA website.

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