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Tis The Season.. Flu Season

Protect Yourself During Flu Season
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 *Get vaccinated! Vaccination is the most important way to prevent the spread of the flu.
 *Stay at home if you are sick. The CDC recommends that workers who have a fever and respiratory symptoms stay at home until 24 hours after their fever ends (100 degrees Fahrenheit [37.8 degrees Celsius] or lower), without the use of medication. Not everyone who has the flu will have a fever. Other symptoms could include a runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, or vomiting
 *Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available.
 *Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
 *Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your upper sleeve(s). Throw tissues into a “no-touch” wastebasket.
 *Clean your hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
1. When using soap and water, rub soapy hands together for at least 20 seconds, rinse hands with water, and dry completely.
2. If soap and water are not available, use of an alcohol-based hand rub is a helpful interim measure until hand washing is possible. When using an alcohol-based hand rub, apply liquid to palm of hand, cover all surfaces of the hands with the liquid, and rub hands together until dry.
 Keep frequently touched common surfaces (e.g., telephones, computer equipment, etc.) clean.
 Try not to use a coworker’s phone, desk, office, computer, or other work tools and equipment. If you must use a coworker’s equipment, consider cleaning it first with a disinfectant.
 Avoid shaking hands or coming in close contact with coworkers and others who may be ill.
 Stay in shape. Eat a healthy diet. Get plenty of rest, exercise, and relaxation.
 Speak with your doctor and find out if you are in a high risk category for seasonal flu (e.g., elderly, pregnant women, small children, persons with asthma, etc.).
 Participate in any training offered by your employer. Make sure that you understand how to stay healthy at work.

Information about Flu Shot

Read what the CDC has to say about this year’s flu vaccine here: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm

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Blue Cross to Start Covering Telemedicine Services

Original article from Birmingham Business Journal by Alan Alexander.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama announced today that on Dec. 1 it will start providing coverage for telemedicine to meet the growing demand for health care services in rural parts of the state.

The new coverage will be geared toward telemedicine services within five categories of speciality care including cardiological conditions, behavioral health, dermatologic conditions, infectious disease and neurologic diseases.

“We are proud to support telemedicine because we want our members to have enhanced access to quality healthcare wherever they are in Alabama. With the innovative technology available today, we are now able to do just that,” saidDoug McIntyre, vice president of network operations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

McIntyre also said those five specialty care categories are more suited for telemedicine, often times due to the need for additional consulting from specialists located in other cities.

“An example of a very effective use of telemedicine would be for the treatment of stroke. If a patient shows up at a rural hospital with symptoms of a stroke, the (emergency room) physician can establish a telemedicine consult with a neurologist in an urban area who would be able to view and asses the patient, view CT scans digitally, and advise on the course of treatment. This often leads to lifesaving intervention when time is most critical,” he said.

Telehealth Worth $2.8B By 2022

Original article from Health IT Outcomes by Katie Wike.

The national market for telehealth is expected to reach nearly $3 billion over the next seven years.

The current telehealth market is worth roughly $572 million, but a Grand View Research report predicts that number could reach $2.8 billion by 2022. “Key drivers of the market include rising demand for centralization of healthcare administration and enhanced quality and safety by the applications,” explains the announcement. “Furthermore, enhancing demand of mobile technologies and internet by people along with rising adoption for home care by patients or reduction in hospital visits are expected to propel the growth over the forecast period.”

Fierce Health IT notes consumer demand is a key driver for the market increase. In one case, a North Carolina facility was able to double the number of patients it could see a week thanks to telemedicine. In another case, because of its success, one new facility, the Mercy Hospital’s virtual facility, is entirely built on telemedicine services. Telehealth related legislation is also driving growth, according to the report.

Software, hardware and services were the main segments of the telehealth market. Software, which owns currently 18 percent of market share, will grow to 20.2 percent by 2022. Additionally, the hardware segment is further classified into monitors and medical peripheral devices. Monitors alone are anticipated to witness growth at nearly 20 percent.

iHealth Beat explains that the biggest vendors in the industry include:

  • Bosch Healthcare
  • GE Healthcare
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • McKesson
  • Philips Healthcare