Friday, August 01, 2008

The Health Care Blog: Wal-Mart launches telemedicine business

The Health Care Blog: Wal-Mart launches telemedicine business: "Leave it to Wal-Mart to continue to grow its franchise in health through yet anotherWalmart_logo2 revenue center. This time it's telemedicine.

The company will pilot telemedicine through retail clinics in Houston, and will be trademarked as Walk-In Telemedicine Health Care. Wal-Mart will be partnering with My Healthy Access and NuPhysicia, the private company that comes out of the long-successful telemedicine program at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Telemedicine was been pioneered at U-T in Galveston over the past 10 years, and the program has global reach.

Instead of employing nurse practitioners, the medical model for this program will use paramedics working under the supervision of physicians via various scopes technologies -- electronic stethoscopes and beyond. NuPhysicia describes this process as, 'interactive physician visits.'"

2 comments:

  1. Peter Durkson10:22 PM

    We'd like to see these in Hawaii. Who can we contact to explore their use in our Connecting Care
    project? ( see www.mauiagewave.com)
    Thank you,
    peter@harvardclubofmaui.com

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  2. Interesting info. I believe this method has a very good prospects. difficulty of medical treatment is growing, but the number of specialist is still the same. but everybody wants the best treatment for himself. I am selling health insurance with life insurance in Canada and delayed care is our biggest problem. This can be solution, instead of infinite pouring money. And it can be also perfect for hospitals and medical centers operating in outback - air transport is not the best solution, both for patients and for health system...
    Lorne

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