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Report: Florida lawmakers eye telemedicine

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Lawmakers in Florida are looking into ways to ease regulatory limitations for telemedicine in an effort to increase access to care and create “a fertile ground” for the technology to be used, according to a local report.

Among the issues at hand, insurance companies in Florida are not required to reimburse doctors for telemedicine services, the Miami Herald reported. Also, many doctors don’t have the licenses to practice in other states or the credentials to practice at other hospitals.

The Senate Health Policy Committee heard a proposal by Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, that would require insurance providers to reimburse telemedicine services as if they were face-to-face encounters with doctors, the Miami Herald reported.

The bill also sought to establish standards of care and a process that would enable out-of-state telehealth providers to register in Florida.

After taking public comments, the Senate Health Policy Committee chairman delayed a vote on the proposal, saying the committee needed another week to revise the language, the article stated.

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New device aims to keep Rx drugs out of the ‘wrong hands’

BY Ryan Chavis

NOVATO, Calif. — 4ThoughtProducts has announced the release of Pill Pod, a new safety device that serves as a "keyless" drug lock box for use in the home.

“We want people to take a responsible and proactive step by safeguarding their medications,” company owner Steve Small said. "The product is intended to provide convenience and ease of use for the prescribed patient while at the same time keeps drugs out of the ‘wrong hands.’" 

Pill Pod uses a hinge-less design for its removable combination locking cover and comes with a pre-assigned, four-digit combination code. Its small size allows it to fit into standard medicine cabinets. The product also has the ability to store up to eight pill bottles as well as taller liquid bottles.

Pill Pod has a list price of $19.95 and is available on the company’s website at Pill-Pod.com. It will soon be available at pharmacies across the nation, according to the company.

 

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C.HOAG says:
Feb-18-2014 08:54 am

With over 60,000 young children ending up in the emergency room each year because they got in to medicine that wasn't locked away properly, this product has the potential to protect our kids. Unintentional ingestion of medicines and misuse of prescription medications is preventable. Other manufacturers should join with 4ThoughtProducts in designing and introducing products with the intention os simply and effectively preventing access to medicines.

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SmartRevenue selects Heuss to lead ethnographic research initiatives

BY Ryan Chavis

STAMFORD, Conn. — SmartRevenue, a provider of shopper-centric insights, strategies and solutions, has announced the promotion of Jennifer Heuss to VP global ethnographic insights. In her new role, Heuss will provide project leadership and will lead the expansion of the company’s global ethnographic research initiatives.

"We are excited to have Jennifer lead our global insights. Jennifer has been instrumental in building our qualitative product as well as our international capabilities. She has been one of SmartRevenue’s core intellectual entrepreneurs and thought leaders, meeting the unique research and business challenges posed by international research and working tirelessly both up front as well as behind the scenes to make sure what we do is exceptional," Dard Neuman, SmartRevenue president of insights, said.

Heuss, who is based in Geneva, Switzerland, has successfully directed projects in South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

"Jennifer’s promotion is well-deserved and comes at a time when SmartRevenue is rapidly building its global research capabilities and international field staff," John Dranow, SmartRevenue CEO, added. "Combined with Jennifer’s expertise in managing complex international projects and developing rich qualitative insights, we are truly able to meet clients’ global research needs."

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