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ATA’s Practice Guidelines Target Telestroke, Telemental Health

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The American Telemedicine Association has launched two practice guidelines to help healthcare providers launching telemedicine services. The practice guidelines for telestroke and child and adolescent telemental health “advance the science...

Broadband Problems Derail Montana’s Telemedicine Legislation

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Proposed telemedicine legislation in Montana has stalled, reportedly because legislators are concerned the bill won’t help rural residents access the telehealth services they need. House Bill 389, which seeks to set telemedicine practice...

Store-and-Forward Telehealth Service Replaces the Office Visit

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Rush University Medical Center has launched a store-and-forward telemedicine platform for non-emergency cases, giving patients an effective alternative to the doctor’s office or retail clinic visit. Rush SmartExam is the Chicago-based hospital’s...

Amazon Alexa Challenge Envisions an mHealth Care Management Tool

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Amazon and Merck are joining forces in a challenge designed to turn Alexa into an mHealth care management tool for people with type 2 diabetes. The Alexa Diabetes Challenge offers a $125,000 prize to the mHealth innovator who can best develop...

83% of Healthcare Orgs to Invest in Telehealth, mHealth Tools

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Eighty-three percent of healthcare organizations responding to a American Telemedicine Association (ATA) poll said they are highly likely to invest in telehealth with operational efficiency and convenience in mind. Of the 171 healthcare executives...

Telehealth Licensing Compact Goes Live in 7 Member States

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Members of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact are now accepting applications from physicians interested in practicing telehealth across state lines. The Federation of State Medical Boards has announced that the compact went live on Thursday,...

Congress to Revisit Telehealth for Chronic Care Legislation

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Congress will get another crack at expanding telehealth for chronic care with the return of a Senate bill seeking better Medciare coverage of remote patient monitoring and telehealth programs. The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary...

Alaska Lawmakers Link Telehealth Growth to Better Broadband

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Alaska legislators are asking for federal help in expanding the state’s broadband network to support more telemedicine and telehealth services. House Joint Resolution 14, which passed by a 33-6 vote this week, calls on the Federal Communications...

Telemedicine-based ICU Care Boosts Outcomes, Saves Millions

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Emory Healthcare has saved roughly $4.6 million in Medicare costs by deploying a telemedicine platform in its intensive care unit. The results come from a three-year audit of the Atlanta-based health system’s eICU program, which has served...

AMIA: mHealth Tools are Vital to Bridge the ‘Health IT Chasm’

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mHealth tools and platforms could go a long way toward bridging the “health IT chasm” that exists between healthcare providers and their patients. Digital and connected health tools play a big part in two policy documents unveiled...

Montana Bill Seeks to Establish Telemedicine Practice Standards

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The latest state to consider telemedicine practice standards also happens to be one of the nation’s largest and least populated. Montana Rep. Kirk Wagoner (R-Montana City) has introduced legislation to “put sideboards on the...

Telemedicine Gets a Passing Grade in School Concussion Study

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A telemedicine platform works just as well as a physical trainer in diagnosing concussions during a sporting event, according to a long-awaited study. In a two-year project conducted on the sidelines of Northern Arizona University football games,...

Bill Seeks Medicare Reimbursement for New Telehealth Programs

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Congress will revisit a bill that seeks to expand telehealth across the nation by improving Medicare reimbursements. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) have re-introduced the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act, after...

Telemedicine Success Linked to Workflow, Rather Than Technology

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Telemedicine is proving its value not because of new technology, but because of better workflows and collaboration. A program that placed telemedicine platforms into 15 primary care clinics at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services...

Telemedicine Abortion Debate Surfaces in West Virginia Senate

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West Virginia has become the latest state to consider banning telemedicine abortions. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Republican Senator Patricia Rucker introduced an amendment this week to House Bill 2509 that prohibits “the...

Ohio Board Relaxes Telemedicine Policies to Allow Prescribing

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Ohio physicians can use telemedicine to prescribe both non-controlled and controlled drugs – as long as they meet a long list of guidelines. The two rules passed earlier this month by the Ohio Medical Board, 4731-11-09 and 4731-11-01, enable...

Lyft Expands Smartphone-Based Medical Ridesharing to 42 States

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Popular ridesharing company Lyft has announced a new partnership with American Medical Response (AMR) that will bring smartphone-based ridesharing for non-emergency and ambulatory medical appointments to patients in 42 states. Through medical...

Broadband Offers a Telehealth Lifeline to Rural Hospitals

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Telehealth can save a rural hospital more than $100,000 a year in healthcare and community costs, according to a new report from a collection of rural broadband providers. Compiled by NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, “Anticipating...

mHealth Devices Get A.I. Support for Mobile Telestroke Units

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mHealth devices used in acute care will soon be integrated with an artificial intelligence platform, giving first responders and other clinicians real-time clinical decision support tools during emergencies. The partnership announced between...

mHealth Study Proves Remote Monitoring Beats In-Person Visits

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An mHealth platform for post-operative care helped patients collaborate better and more often with their doctors and reduced follow-up visits to the doctor’s office. In addition, more than half of those using the mobile health platform,...

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