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Telemedicine Effective for Patients, Helps Providers Establish Important Relationships

More than 50 million Americans live in rural areas, and many have limited access to health care. For someone living far from an urban area, local specialty care for complex health issues is difficult, if not impossible, to obtain. For years, telemedicine programs across the country have connected rural patients to specialists in urban settings. Now, a study by University of Missouri School of Medicine researchers, including lead author Mirna Becevic, PhD, shows that patients and providers alike are satisfied with video-based health care. . . Read More

Missouri Telehealth Summit

MTN is hosting the Missouri Telehealth Summit to be held January 28, 2016 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Jefferson City.  The summit is free, but registration is required.  The objectives for this event are to foster understanding and awareness of telehealth and to create collaborative relationships and provide pathways.  To register and for more information go to  If you have questions, please contact Lindsey Beckmann at 573.882.3458 or  

Show-Me ECHO Mentoring Project Set to Begin in Missouri

A revolution is happening in rural community health, and HTRC’s Missouri Director, Rachel Mutrux, has been at the forefront of the effort for the Show-Me State. Project ECHO, which stands for Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, is the brainchild of New Mexico hematologist Dr. Sanjeev Arora, helps train primary care doctors to treat specific conditions while collaborating with an interdisciplinary team. Instead of linking specialists with one patient at a time, Project ECHO®, dubbed Show-Me ECHO in Missouri, enables specialists to . . . Read More

Mirna Becevic to Present at ATA 2014

Mirna Becevic, MHA, Assistant Director Missouri Telehealth Network and MUII PhD Student, will be speaking on “TeleMDID: Mobile Technology Applications for Interactive Diagnoses in Teledermatology” at American Telemedicine Association (ATA) 2014, just one of the many exciting topics that will be covered at this year’s Annual Meeting.

For 19 years, the ATA Annual International Meeting & Trade Show has been the premier forum for healthcare professionals and entrepreneurs in the telemedicine, telehealth and mHealth industry. This world-class, peer reviewed program includes:

• Approximately 500 scheduled presentations highlighting the latest innovations, applications and delivery models in telemedicine, including Plenary speakers:  Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, Global Humanitarian; Stephen Hemsley, President/CEO, UnitedHealth Group; Jonathan Woodson, MD, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs; Yulan Wang, PhD, President-Elect, ATA; Chairman & CEO, InTouch Health.

• 18 Pre-Meeting Certificate Courses with introductory, intermediate and advanced training in clinical, business and technical aspects of telemedicine

• A NEW presentation format for ePosters in a “Lightning Round”

• A wide range of specialty Member Group Meetings with ATA Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Discussion Groups (DGs) and Chapters

• Networking and Social Events

• The dynamic ATA Trade Show, filled with more than 250 companies exhibiting thousands of telemedicine and mHealth products and services.

iPads Help Parents Connect with Newborns in NICU

A Missouri Telehealth Network (MTN) program that allows families to view and talk to hospitalized newborns over an iPad, is growing says MTN Project Development Specialist Danny Myers.  When HTRC first reported on the program last March, the service was in its infancy but has now expanded to eight hospitals, with more soon to come.  Read More

MTN Team Wins First Place at 2013 MUII Informatics Symposium

A team from Missouri Telehealth Network won first place for their poster at the 2013 MUII Informatics Symposium for their work on TeleMDID (Missouri Dermatology Image Database). The study examined ways to adapt mobile applications from in-person clinical to telehealth settings, and evaluate and compare its usability, effectiveness, and changes in clinic flow. Read More

Make the Most of Needs Assessments

Every successful telehealth program starts with a needs assessment.  A needs assessment is a great way to begin to  identify the potential need for health services in your community. It can also help you determine if the demand is great enough to move to the next step in providing those services.  Read More

Over 5,300 Miles and a World of Similarities

After returning from a recent trip to Serbia to help set up the country’s first telehealth network, HTRC State Director Rachel Mutrux discussed the striking similarities Missouri and Serbia share. Mutrux, who is also the Director of Missouri Telehealth Network, said there were far more similarities than differences, most notably perhaps was the enthusiasm shared by rural providers about telemedicine.  Read More

Telemedicine Increasing Profits, Opportunities for St. Louis Hospital

Ask Nancy Nahlik what she thinks the possibilities for telemedicine might be at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and her list will go on and on.

The hospital business development manager envisions everything from increased physician consultations to services for people in their homes and outside the traditional hospital setting.  Read More

New Missouri Law Puts Telemedicine Firmly on the Map

It’s official!

On June 8, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 262 into law. The law mandates that private insurers cover telemedicine visits and prohibits them from charging higher rates or higher copays than “in-person” visits. HTRC Missouri Director Rachel Mutrux was instrumental in passing the bill, which garnered broad, bi-partisan support.  Read More

Broadband Speeds Health Care Access

In the age of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), how can technology best improve health and health outcomes? That was the theme of the Broadband Telemedicine Summit, held in St. Louis on May 20. Hosted by Broadband Illinois and MoBroadband Now, conference speakers addressed how Missouri, Illinois, and Arkansas use technology to make health care more accessible, efficient and cost-effective, and how these models can apply to the current and planned provisions of the ACA.  Read More

MU Teledermatology Clinic Makes an Impact:  Increasing Access and Adoption of Telemedicine

For people who live in rural areas, finding a primary care doctor can be difficult. Finding a dermatologist? That can be nearly impossible. Dermatologists make up just one percent of the total number of physicians in the U.S. Because of their limited numbers, dermatologists are beginning to use telehealth to reach out to more patients over greater distances.  Read More

Telemedicine Making a Splash on State and Federal Level

It’s been an exciting spring for telemedicine legislation, not just in our region, but nationally as well.

HTRC State Director, Rachel Mutrux recently testified before a Missouri Senate committee in favor of SB 262, which would mandate that private insurers cover telemedicine. The legislation has passed the House with revisions and has been kicked back to the Senate. The two sides must agree on final wording before the bill can be signed in to law. Missouri would be the 20th state to pass similar legislation, following Mississippi, New Mexico, Arizona and Montana which passed legislation earlier this year.  Read More

Missouri Legislation to Reimburse Telemedicine Reaches the House

Recently Missouri HTRC Director Rachel Mutrux testified before a Senate committee in support of Senate Bill 262, legislation that would mandate that private insurance companies cover telemedicine. After sailing through the Senate, the bill has reached the Missouri House. If passed Missouri will be the 20th state to pass similar legislation.  Read More

Telehealth as a Tool for Kids with Autism

Keeping an autistic child focused is not the easiest task. It can be even more complicated in a busy doctor’s office where there are often distractions like puzzles, games and televisions. But thanks to telehealth, what used to be a distraction can now be a tool for kids with autism to connect with their doctors. Read More

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