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TeleMED now serves mental health service provider

Canadian Addiction Treatment Centres (CATC) is the largest independent addiction treatment provider in Canada.  Based in Ontario, it operates a network of over 70 treatment centres.  CATC’s Methadone Maintenance Therapy (MMT) program is one of the cornerstones of an all encompassing strategy to address opioid dependence, its consequences and its prevention. CATC’s best practices approach includes using ECG testing as a means of monitoring patients who have started the MMT program or who have had changes in their medication dosage.   However, CATC does not have the in-house, specialized IT and administrative resources it requires to support and expand an ongoing ECG testing program.  In order to improve efficiency, turnaround time on reports and patient care, CATC requires a specialized, customized ECG solution that includes interfacing to its EMR application. In order to achieve these objectives, CATC has turned to Telemed Diagnostic Management (TeleMED), a pioneer in supplying Canadian healthcare organizations with all-inclusive, integrated solutions for acquiring, interpreting, sharing and storing non-invasive diagnostic data.  TeleMED has entered into a multi-year agreement with CATC to provide the equipment, software and support services… Read more >

Sonic Healthcare – managing cardiology diagnostic data

Sonic Healthcare selects TeleMED for managing cardiology diagnostic data Sonic Healthcare is a global healthcare company with a reputation for excellence in laboratory medicine/pathology, radiology/diagnostic imaging and primary care medical services.  Headquartered in Australia, Sonic has grown to become one of the world’s leading healthcare providers with operations in Australia, the USA, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand. Operations in Sonic’s Australian Pathology Labs include offering ECG, Holter and Ambulatory Blood Pressure diagnostic services at many of its Collection Sites.  Historically, Sonic has used a “single vendor” approach to select the brand of devices that it uses for these services and it currently uses a LAN-based data management solution to manage most of the clinical data that it acquires in rendering these services.   In employing this solution, Sonic has encountered a number of limitations related to interoperability, compatibility, flexibility and scalability.  More and more, the current solution is being viewed as outdated technology. In order to escape these limitations and to set the stage for growing its cardiology testing services, Sonic has recently entered into a… Read more >

Remote hypertension management study

TeleMED selected again for remote hypertension management study Feasibility and reimbursement model to be examined Alberta Innovates, through its Accelerating Innovations into CarE program (AICE), has accepted the funding application made by the University of Alberta and partners that include Telemed Diagnostic Management Inc. (TeleMED). AIberta Innovates (AI) is an Alberta-funded Corporation tasked with delivering on the research and innovation priorities of the Government of Alberta.  It focuses on the full research and innovation continuum, taking ideas from the lab to the marketplace. The approved application, titled Implementation of Blood Pressure Telemonitoring  and Case Management after a Cerebrovascular Event,  describes a multi-staged, collaborative initiative between University of Alberta researchers, the Alberta Health Services Strategic Clinical Network and TeleMED.  This first stage will assess if home blood pressure telemonitoring and case management for stroke victims can be implemented in Alberta.  The second stage of the project will be to develop an economic model of home blood pressure telemonitoring in Alberta.  This will be done to confirm that home blood pressure telemonitoring with case management is cost-effective and even cost-saving in Albertans… Read more >

DynaLIFE Dx extends existing contract with TeleMED

DynaLIFEDx provides community laboratory services in the province of Alberta through its partnership with the Alberta Health Services (AHS), an agency of the Alberta government, and through TeleMED Vitel sign Data Management technology and services. DynaLIFEDx provides high quality, cost-effective services to its patients’ to assist in the diagnosis and monitoring of their health. Their laboratories employ the newest technologies to ensure that patients receive the best possible services. The use of medical diagnostic services for the collecting and management of medical data provided through TeleMED technology is imperative to the success of the delivery of its’ services. “There is no doubt that cardiac care has improved for patients in Alberta since our partnership with DynaLIFEDx began”, says Asa Lebel, President of TeleMED. “Our successes have not only delivered benefits to the patients of our partner, they have also improved care in Alberta.  We are pleased to be able to continue to work with such an innovative partner.” TeleMED, an ISO 13485:2003 certified software developer, has been a pioneer in the development and deployment of powerful but easy to use, cloud based solutions… Read more >

TeleMED Technology Delivers 450% Improvement in Early ID of Critical Cardiac Conditions

Announcement: Priority Escalation Tool In the recent past, we have spoken to you about or showed you our Priority Escalation Tool.  Therefore, we felt that it was appropriate to tell you, through the attached article, about the benefit that this technology is bringing to patients in parts of Alberta.  In that province, Alberta Health Services has mandated a standardized process for handling community laboratory patients that present with acute critical ECG interpretations.  The Priority Escalation Tool automates the identification of such interpretations before the patient even leaves the examination room so that urgent treatment can begin immediately.  Data shows that the deployment of this Tool has improved the identification of such cases by over 450%, thereby dramatically increasing the number of opportunities for improving patient outcomes through early intervention. We are proud that this Tool is a unique feature that is only available through TeleMED.  However, we are even more proud that, through the Priority Escalation Tool and other innovations, TeleMED technology helps our partners to deliver the highest level of care to their patients. Learn more with this downloadable… Read more >

TeleMED Improves Accessibility Through Cross-Browser Compatibility

TeleMED Diagnostic Management (TeleMED) is pleased to announce that its signature cloud-based ViTELflo application is now cross-browser compatible with the full suite of widely-used browsers, including Windows Internet Explorer 7+/Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Opera.  As a result, Physicians and other key stakeholders can access the information they need, using any of these browsers, and be assured that the clinical data that they view is being displayed accurately, without distortion or error. TeleMED’s ViTELflo is a fully-scalable, cloud-based information platform for healthcare providers, designed for managing processes, content and cases/studies.   ViTELflo manages data from a variety of cardiopulmonary modalities including:  Resting ECG, Stress ECG, Holter monitoring, Loop/Event Monitor, Ambulatory Blood Pressure, Resting Blood Pressure, Spirometry and Electronic Weight Measurement.  It supports bi-directional communication with devices from most major manufacturers and with other clinical and business applications being used in your organization. By expanding the cross-browser compatibility of ViTELflo, TeleMED demonstrates its commitment to the experience of its users.  Stakeholders can make better decisions, more effectively and efficiently, because critical information is available to them, wherever they are,… Read more >

TeleMED and UofA Partner

TeleMED Partners with the University of Alberta for Hypertension in Seniors Trial Dr. Raj Padwal, of the University of Alberta, and his research team have selected TeleMED Diagnostic Management Inc. (TeleMED) as its Health Technology Partner in a study titled Telemonitoring and Protocolized Case Management for Hypertension in Seniors.  This study is funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the major federal agency for funding health research in Canada, and will be a randomized controlled trial to determine if telemonitoring is the optimal method for controlling blood pressure in Canadian seniors. According to study details, hypertension is highly prevalent in seniors with diabetes and substantially increases morbidity, mortality and health costs. However, treatment of hypertension in seniors with diabetes is a complex challenge.  The need for aggressive BP control in seniors with diabetes must be balanced against the very real risk of serious treatment-related complications.  Currently, office BP measurements are used to monitor the vast majority of Canadians with hypertension.  However, office measurements require patients to attend office appointments and represents a barrier for seniors with mobility or financial limitations. … Read more >

More Growth for Diagnostics for Doctors

More Growth for Diagnostics for Doctors: Spirometry Testing Up 100%, On-demand ECHO, Loop and Holter Monitoring Available Telemed Diagnostic Management Inc. (TeleMED) is pleased to announce that the volume of Spirometry tests that were performed and interpreted on its Diagnostics for Doctors platform in the month of July more than doubled the test volume in June. As well, ECHO diagnostic testing was recently introduced and has been received with great success.  This remarkable growth provides further evidence of the value that Diagnostics for Doctors delivers to Family Physicians and the user-friendly nature of Diagnostics for Doctors. The Diagnostics for Doctors platform empowers a Family Physician to perform an array of diagnostic tests on their patients in their office instead of sending their patients to another clinic or hospital for testing.  Tests take minutes to perform and the Physician can choose to interpret a test or send it electronically to a Specialist and receive an interpretation within 24 hours.  Patient’s benefit by being tested in a familiar and comfortable environment and by receiving the result of their tests in a timely… Read more >

DynaLIFEDx Extends Service With TeleMED: ECG Testing on Mobile Devices

In September of 2015, DynaLIFEDx (DynaLIFE) will be upgrading its Laboratory Home Collection Service by introducing an electronic Mobile ECG solution from Telemed Diagnostic Management Inc. (TeleMED).   The addition of 24 mobile devices allows DynaLIFE to deliver the same operation efficiency and high quality of care to those patients who are unable to leave their residence for an appointment as with their patient care center. Since 2007 DynaLIFE has been using the customizable software by TeleMED to process the diagnostic tests it has conducted at its patient care centres where the collection of ECG data had been paper based. Now, with tablets loaded with the TeleMED vital sign management solution, technicians are able to travel to patient homes and nursing homes to continue delivering ECG testing in the Northern Alberta region. The test results are automatically transmitted and stored by DynaLIFEs internal medical records application Sunquest LIS, where the system is fully complinace with all PIA regulation, and distributed to  the patient circle of care. The results are then electronically transferred to Netcare the Alberta-wide Electronic Health Record management system. TeleMED,… Read more >

Spirometry Test is Underutilized in Ontario

According to recent article by Reuters, 18.2% of the Ontario population have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and this number is rising. The article continues by stating that in 2014 in Ontario 11.4 per cent of people over the age of 35 have COPD, which is a 3.3 per cent increase over the 2011 figure. The appropriate use of spirometry test can be used to diagnose respiratory issues in their early stages when many may not even be aware they have a problem. If respiratory issues are detected early they can be treated the costly use of unnecessary inhalers and visits to the hospital can be prevented. Spirometry is a simple and cost effective test that can be used by doctors to test the function of the lungs and diagnose COPD. According to the Lung Association of Ontario, this underutilized test can be given to: those over 40 and smoke (or use to); those who cough regularly; those who experience shortness of breath or wheezing during mild exertion; those that get colds that last longer than others. Telemed Diagnostic Management… Read more >