Mobile health, or mHealth, is the newest craze in healthcare, bringing 21st century healthcare to your fingertips on your smartphone, tablet or computer. From using Apple watches and Fitbits to track your personal fitness journey, to using Amazon Alexa and Google Echo to deliver telehealth care to senior communities, the mHealth market is booming and there’s no end in sight. Why has mHealth rapidly grown and how does it play in the future of digital healthcare delivery? Let’s explore this trending topic in our monthly blog post below.Read More
Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced nearly $105 million has been awarded to 1,333 health centers in all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia. These funds will help “further improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of the health care delivered to the communities they serve.” Health centers are receiving these funds to continue improving their services based upon high levels of performance in one or more of the following categories: Improving Quality of Care, Increasing Access to Care, Enhancing Delivery of High Value Health Care, Addressing Health Disparities, and Achieving Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition.
TeleQuality is thrilled to announce and recognize many of our health center customers who are recipients of these funds!! Click our blog post to find out who the recipients are.Read More
Every time you turn it seems the healthcare industry has created a new “buzzword”, making it more and more difficult to keep up on the latest definitions and industry trends. One of those buzzwords is population health. You’ve probably been hearing this term more and more over the past few years, but what exactly is population health and why should your healthcare organization take note?
Let’s dive deep into this healthcare trend and discover if population health management is right for your organization.Read More
Everybody knows the struggle. Perhaps you’ve moved to a new city or changed insurance plans, but once again you’re having to change a majority, if not all, of your healthcare providers. Switching providers can be nerve-wracking enough especially after developing relationships with your previous providers, but now your new providers are requesting your medical records and history. A seemingly innocent and simple task is actually much more complicated than most realize. If your previous providers didn’t have patient portals, you’re stuck with either digging up all your printed medical documents at home (that you hopefully stored and filed), make copies and carry files appointment to appointment, or you must pay your previous physician’s office to print copies of your medical records, many times paying per printed page. Then, the next physician’s office must take your papers and somehow manage putting that information into their electronic health records (EHR) system. In general, the process is extremely cumbersome on the patient, which leads to patient frustration and lack of participation, and ultimately less information for a physician to make sound medical decisions.
Why can’t providers easily share data between each other? Why is it so difficult to share information in an age of EHRs and engaging patient portals? Shouldn’t the healthcare industry have figured this out by now? With other industries including banking and retail sharing information seamlessly, it’s hard to understand why healthcare is so far behind. Let’s break down the history behind EHRs, digital health and health information technology (HIT) below and discover some solutions in our blog post.Read More
Health care reform is currently sweeping the nation but many don’t stop to take rural America into consideration when talking about healthcare policy issues facing our country. Rural communities face an entire set of unique factors and healthcare in these areas is drastically different than healthcare in urban or suburban cities.
What are the top issues affecting rural healthcare care in America right now? Let’s break them down in this blog post.Read More
At TeleQuality, we talk a lot about telemedicine. We know telemedicine can change healthcare systems and save lives when executed properly. But with so many factors surrounding and clouding the telemedicine market, what does the state of telemedicine look like in 2017? Let’s break down some trends and hurdles we are seeing to telehealth implementation in this post.Read More
With fiber experiencing its highest demand ever, community broadband initiatives are popping up all over the country in an effort to bring the highest-speed broadband to communities that need it most. And while many large cities have already been chosen by the major players such as Google Fiber for expansion, smaller communities in rural areas face unique challenges when trying to get fiber out to the rural heartland of America. But for many rural Americans, terms like broadband, fiber, bandwidth and telecom are a foreign jumble of high-tech jargon that can be confusing. What is fiber and why is it so valuable? Why can’t fiber be easily deployed to rural America?
In this post, we’ll break down the different methods of deliver for Internet broadband, common hurdles faced when physically deploying fiber, the need for high-speed Internet in rural America and solutions for getting fiber out to rural America.Read More
While separately, these two words may pose no anxiety to the average person, when placed together they can be a daunting and overwhelming task to tackle for information technology (IT) departments across the country. In a world where the Internet of Things (IoT) has virtually every sector and industry connected via the Internet, the importance and criticalness of cyber security means more today than it ever has before.Read More
Last month we tackled how important managing and monitoring is for the health of your IT networks and infrastructure. But what happens if you don’t have the people, means or resources available to truly support that network? We'll break down this scenario in this post.Read More
The healthcare industry has gone through rapid transformation in the past two decades. The introduction of computers, the Internet and digital data into the healthcare sphere has forever transformed the way healthcare organizations are managed and run. Paper records are now electronic. Data is now stored on the Cloud. Interoperability between systems is growing. Computers, tablets, mobile devices, medical devices and printers are all inter-connected on the local area network (LAN) and critical to delivering patient care. All of these devices, combined with the telecommunications technology, host all of the data that makes healthcare organizations function, run and effectively serve the needs of patients. The LAN is the heart of healthcare communications infrastructure; therefore, it is critical that it’s being proactively managed, monitored, supported and secured. In this blog post, we’ll tackle why the first two- managing and monitoring- are so vital to the health of your IT network.Read More
During the holiday season, it is important to take time to show gratitude by giving back to the community and to those in need; therefore, TeleQuality Communications was honored to sponsor three military and veteran families this holiday season through the Soldiers’ Angels Adopt-A-Family Program.Read More
Chronic diseases are a national epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic diseases and conditions- such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity and arthritis- are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, and yet that are among the most common, costly and preventable of all health problems. In fact, as of 2012 half of all adults (117 million people) have one or more chronic health conditions, and 1 in 4 adults have 2 or more chronic health conditions, as do 1 in 15 children. As a healthcare provider, chronic conditions play a massive role in your organization’s daily patient care and yet it has quickly become the most expensive sector in the industry, accounting for approximately 86% of total healthcare spending.Read More
Are you a skilled nursing facility (SNF) looking to apply for Universal Service Funding for the upcoming year under the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program? SNFs are eligible to apply for the RHC Program and file forms 465 or 461, the first step in the funding process, on January 1, 2017. At TeleQuality Communications, we have over 15 years of experience in providing quality telecommunications and technology solutions to healthcare providers and assisting them through the RHC program. We have learned extensively over the years while navigating the program with our healthcare client and want to share with you a few tips we have under our belt.
While any service provider can technically provide services for your network, there are three key factors that can influence that amount of funding you receive from the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) who administers the USF funding:
- Form Guidance
- Network Design
- Invoicing USAC
TeleQuality Communications had a blast celebrating the Grand Opening of our new headquarters building in San Antonio! Thank you to all who came out and celebrated “Oktoberfest” with us and received a tour of our new building! See pictures from the Oktoberfest party below!
All we do is win! That’s right, TeleQuality Communications competed in the 2016 Company FIT Challenge held in San Antonio and won 1st place for the small sized company division. We are so proud of all of our employees who worked and trained together to compete in the challenge and ultimately have fun while being healthy! The Fit Company Challenge promotes fitness and health in the business community by honoring and challenging those companies and leaders that lead by example, and inspiring others to follow! Check out some awesome photos below of our team "Bandwidth and Chill" rockin’ the FIT challenge! (All photos courtesy of Fit Company Challenge)
With the phenomenal increase and advancement in healthcare technologies over the past few decades, many would like to think technology has the power to fix many if not all of the problems facing healthcare; however, upon deeper inspection there are complicated problems impacting the activities outside the four walls of a healthcare organization. Outside those four walls are communities of patients that sometimes struggle just getting to the front door. Access to health care services in the U.S. continues to be a problem plaguing everyone from inner-city urban areas to remote rural areas. Some key challenges that we have found from research and customer feedback that contribute to this problem are:
- Lack of patient transportation
- No or limited health insurance
- Language barriers
TeleQuality Communications is very excited and grateful to announce we were one of a handful of companies to receive an award and recognition from AT&T at their 2016 Partner Exchange Summit (APEX) in Dallas on October 12th. TeleQuality won the Market Mover award that signifies the highest mix of revenue and sales for an AT&T solutions provider. At TeleQuality, we always work to find the best combination of telecommunications products and services to best serve our customers and we are thrilled to be able to provide many of those solutions through AT&T.