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Telemedicine Boosts ER Care For Kids In Rural Areas

New research shows that rural emergency room physicians are increasingly using videoconferences to gain access to specialty care. 

Reuters: Telemedicine Improves Care For Kids Seen In Rural ERs
Telemedicine consults can help rural emergency room doctors provide better care to seriously ill or injured young patients, new research confirms. Rural hospitals and doctors' offices are increasingly using telemedicine -- essentially, videoconferencing with another doctor from a remote location -- to gain access to specialty care, Dr. James Marcin of the University of California Davis Children's Hospital in Sacramento, the senior author of the new study, told Reuters Health (Harding, 8/19).

Also, the Food and Drug Administration published a guide for wireless health care devices -

Modern Healthcare: FDA Offers Guide On Wireless Healthcare Devices
The Food and Drug Administration has published a guide to the use of wireless healthcare devices in healthcare settings. For providers, one key issue covered is data security, including a recommendation that encryption technologies on the devices, if available, should be activated and used (Conn, 8/19).

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