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Examining the Rocky Road to Telehealth Parity

Telehealth advocates have long argued that online and digital healthcare should be treated the same as in-person healthcare. But the call for parity isn’t so simple. Parity in telehealth is approached on two levels: Service and payment. If a telehealth service exists that can match an in-person service – say, primary care, specialty care or emergency care – it should be made...


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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...

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...

Improving Clinical Data Integrity through EHR Documentation

EHRIntelligence Findings from a recent EHR usability study conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) once brought to the fore the problem of clinical documentation in the digital age of healthcare. The study of EHR use, particularly...

Implementing Cybersecurity Frameworks in Healthcare Settings

HealthITSecurity Cybersecurity is no longer a topic that healthcare organizations can ignore, especially with covered entities working toward interoperability, implementing connected medical devices, and utilizing EHRs. There are several cybersecurity frameworks...

Judy Faulkner: Epic is Changing the Big Data, Interoperability Game

HealthITAnalytics In the flashy, crowded, dizzyingly large vendor halls at the annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition, attendees tend to find their way around by using some of the biggest, tallest, or most unique booths as a compass.  A left at Cerner; a...

How Do Patient Portals and Personal Health Records Differ?

PatientEngagementHIT Patient portals and personal health records (PHRs) have both received considerable praise for their role in increasing patient engagement. However, distinguishing between the two forms of health IT tools can often be difficult, due to nebulous...

Considerations for Deploying Healthcare Wireless Networks

HITInfrastructure Wireless networks are the lifeblood health IT infrastructure, but developing and deploying reliable WiFi to support present and future IT initiatives can be a challenge.   Clinicians and staff are becoming dependent on mobile and connected...

How FDA Medical Device Cybersecurity Guidance Affects Providers

HealthITSecurity With the continued push for interoperability and integration of EHRs into daily use, connected medical devices are quickly becoming more common tools for healthcare providers. However, similar to the way computer networks and systems can become...

Health Information Governance Strategies for Unstructured Data

HealthITAnalytics While electronic health records still have the potential to standardize care by enabling advanced analytics and informing clinical decision-making, much of the data held within these systems – and a large proportion of the data used in...

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...

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