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The Benefits and Challenges of Telehealth for Specialists

Telehealth’s potential has always revolved around bringing the doctor to the patient, no matter where each are located. While the concept most often applies to acute or primary care providers, its success is often more visibly demonstrated in specialty care. By definition, specialists offer more advanced care than primary care doctors. Not uncoincidentally, their numbers are also a lot...


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Factors Behind the Adoption of School-based Telehealth

Telehealth is changing how schools deliver healthcare services for both students and staff. Gone are the days when the school nurse would sit in a tiny room near the principal’s office, administering Band-Aids and aspirin and babysitting...

Telehealth Reimbursement and Its Interstate Licensure Problem

Telehealth’s great promise lies in allowing a doctor to treat a patient no matter where each are located. One of the biggest challenges to that platform is licensing. A clinician must apply for a license in each state in which he or she...

Potential for Healthcare Kiosks in Improving Care Delivery

Kiosks are all the rage in retail and service industries, but can healthcare kiosks make a difference for providers and patients? The simple answer is yes, if done right. They give healthcare providers a chance to collect data and automate tasks...

How Nighttime Telehealth Services Can Improve Overnight Care

In hospitals across the country, the image of the solitary doctor making midnight rounds is changing, thanks to telemedicine. That doctor now sits in front of a tablet, laptop or desktop computer, perhaps at home or even in another country. And...

The Impact of BYOD on Healthcare Providers and Hospitals

While BYOD was thought to have begun around the same time that patients started bringing their smartphones into the hospital, its relevance is driven by doctors who have their own preference for devices. Back in the “good old days,”...

Is There a Difference between Telemedicine and Telehealth?

Today’s healthcare ecosystem is filled with references to and examples of telemedicine and telehealth – in some cases, the two terms are used interchangeably. Whether they mean the same thing is a topic of considerable debate. In...

Finding a Place for Real Time Location Systems in Healthcare

Roughly ten years ago, PeaceHealth installed a real time location system (RTLS) platform to help track nurses and equipment in the three-state Pacific Northwest health system. Since then, officials say, the health system has cut its “doctor...

Physician Perspectives on Benefits of mHealth Adoption, Use

Whereas the bigger networks and health systems may have the resources for mHealth adoption, those in a much smaller environment have to make do with less — or be more creative. To try to understand how independent and small practice doctors...

Exploring Two-Sided Financial Risk in Alternative Payment Models

RevCycleIntelligence As value-based care becomes the name of the game in healthcare, public and private payers are pushing providers to take on more financial accountability for their services through alternative payment models. In a fee-for-service world, providers...

21st Century Cures Act Rekindles Information Blocking Debate

HealthITAnalytics While primarily billed as a much-needed influx of funding for precision medicine, the 21st Century Cures Act is poised to do much more for healthcare than it appears on the surface. In addition to adjusting drug development rules for pharmaceutical...

How Payers Can Improve HEDIS Quality Measure Performance

HealthPayerIntelligence HEDIS quality measures have a significant role in the healthcare industry regarding closing gaps in care and decreasing the use of costly acute care through preventive services. By placing a greater focus on value-based care and quality improvement...

Balancing Patient Portal Privacy and Access for Pediatric Care

PatientEngagementHIT Patient portals are an important regulatory requirement, with industry professionals touting their ability to better engage the patient and help all participating parties manage patient health. While pediatric and adult patients tend to use the...

State Data Breach Notification Laws Critical to Healthcare Orgs

HealthITSecurity The HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Data Breach Notification Rules require covered entities and business associates to take great care with how PHI is handled, stored, and transferred. Should patient data become compromised, healthcare organizations...

Using Risk Scores, Stratification for Population Health Management

HealthITAnalytics Population health management requires providers to maintain a delicate balance between taking a long view of generalized patient trends and focusing personal attention on the individual and the distinctive circumstances that will influence her...

Why Application Programming Interfaces Are Key for Healthcare

HITInfrastructure Healthcare organizations seeking to create interoperability between internal apps, EHRs, and other data exchange tools, are increasingly turning to application programming interfaces (APIs) to manage the flow of information between disparate...

Key Steps for Payer Success in Accountable Care Organizations

HealthPayerIntelligence In recent years, healthcare reforms have set out to reduce constantly rising medical costs, improve coverage for the many Americans who lacked primary care access, and advance population health outcomes. Over the past few years, the accountable...

Top Revenue Cycle Management Vendors and How to Select One

RevCycleIntelligence As value-based reimbursement models, such as the upcoming Quality Payment Program, break down the walls between care quality and healthcare payments, more providers have set their sights on implementing vendor-sponsored revenue cycle management...

What Providers Should Know to Improve Patient Access to Healthcare

PatientEngagementHIT Patient engagement, consumer satisfaction, and patient access to healthcare are three of the most critical pieces of the value-based care puzzle. As outcomes, satisfaction, and patient loyalty become more important to financial security for healthcare...

Solutions for Addressing Health Information Exchange Challenges

HealthITInteroperability “Hospitals and physicians are now exchanging more electronic health information than ever before,” the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology told Congress in an annual report from early November....

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