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Broadband Problems Derail Montana’s Telemedicine Legislation

April 12, 2017 - 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 standards in one of the nation’s most rural states, was shot down by a 38-12 vote in the Senate, despite support from both the state’s Board...


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Broadband Problems Derail Montana’s Telemedicine Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

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...

Alaska Lawmakers Link Telehealth Growth to Better Broadband

by Eric Wicklund

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...

Broadband Offers a Telehealth Lifeline to Rural Hospitals

by Eric Wicklund

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...

VA Tests Telemedicine-based Collaborative Care for Rural Vets

by Eric Wicklund

The Veterans Administration is testing a telemedicine-based collaborative care model on rural veterans in two states who are diagnosed with HIV. It builds on an earlier attempt to use the Project ECHO telemedicine model to improve access to care...

Telemedicine Gives Rural Children a Lifeline to Specialist Care

by Eric Wicklund

In America’s heartland, large cities and health systems are few and far between. So if a child needs a healthcare specialist, telemedicine may be a literal life-saver. At Children’s Mercy Kansas City, 26 of the hospital’s 47...

Telemedicine Backpack Gives Providers a New Mobile Health Tool

by Eric Wicklund

EMS providers in the rugged mountains of western North Carolina will soon be using a telemedicine backpack to help hard-to-reach residents with health issues. And the EMS director says it won’t take long for that backpack to pay for itself....

How Project ECHO Will Advance Rural Health through Telehealth

by Sheri Stoltenberg

As we leave 2016 behind and celebrate the New Year, we are seeing continued progress for telehealth and rural health initiatives. One of the biggest milestones is Congress’ passing of the bipartisan, bicameral bill S. 2873 (the counterpart...

Study: Telehealth Can Add to Providers’ Workflows if Not Properly Planned

by Eric Wicklund

A new study suggests that telehealth may add to the burden on local healthcare providers if not properly planned. As reported in Health Affairs, the study found that a telehealth program can increase the workload for specialists and healthcare...

Telehealth Can Work for Veterans Dealing With Depression

by Eric Wicklund

Veterans dealing with depression can be treated just as well with telehealth as with in-person care, according to a recent study. Studying more than 200 senior-aged veterans for one year between 2007 and 2011, researchers from the Medical University...

Study: Telemedicine Helps Small Hospitals Reduce NICU Transports

by Eric Wicklund

In yet another example of how telemedicine helps small hospitals hold onto their patients, a Mayo Clinic study found that online access to specialists helped one of every three complicated births avoid a transfer to a larger hospital with an...

Telemedicine Helps Link Children, Mental Health Specialists in ER Cases

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine access to mental health experts can significantly improve outcomes for pediatric cases in an ER or urgent care clinic, a new study has found. In a report presented at the recent American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference...

Telemedicine Platform to Link Native American Docs to Pediatric Specialists

by Eric Wicklund

A pilot telehealth program being launched in the Southwest aims to give doctors in remote Navajo communities access to pediatric specialists in Philadelphia. If the tele-consult program succeeds, it could become a standard of care for remote,...

Telehealth Helps Rural Hospitals Keep Their ER Patients (And Revenues)

by Eric Wicklund

The University of Mississippi Medical Center is the only level 1 trauma center in Mississippi. This means the hospital sees many patients transferred from rural hospitals who don’t have the rescources to treat them. The Jackson-based hospital...

Taking Telehealth to Rural America

by Eric Wicklund

In a remote part of Georgia where healthcare is only found in the local ambulance service or community center, a new telehealth project is looking to take hold. The Hancock County Healthcare Access Initiative aims to equip staff at the Community...

USDA Announces Funding for 7 New Telemedicine Projects

by Eric Wicklund

Seven more telemedicine programs are receiving grant funding from the US Department of Agriculture, continuing a federal effort to bring much-needed healthcare services to rural regions beset by access issues and struggling with opioid abuse....

Patient Engagement May Open the Door for Telehealth in Chronic Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

A six-month study on children with asthma is adding to the growing list of research that telehealth platforms can improve the lives of patients with chronic conditions. The study, conducted by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology...

New Survey Shows Growing Support for Telemedicine in Texas

by Nathan Boroyan

A new telemedicine survey by the Texas Association of Business (TAB) that state employers and healthcare consumers are interested in increased access to remote interactions with their providers. According to the survey, consumers want immediate...

HRSA Grants Target Telehealth for Veterans, Schools, Chronic Care

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers in Alaska, Missouri and South Carolina are getting federal grants of almost $1 million apiece to push telehealth resources out to veterans living in rural areas. The grants are part of an ambitious effort by the Health Resources...

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