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Telehealth Services

Shriners Hospitals to Test Telemedicine for Orthopedic Consults

by Eric Wicklund

Shriners hospitals in Philadelphia, Salt Lake City and Galveston, Texas, will launch a telemedicine pilot next year to connect children with orthopedic specialists. The three hospitals will serve as hubs in the traditional “hub and spoke”...

Video Visits Gaining Favor Among Providers and Patients

by Eric Wicklund

More than 80 percent of providers and patients are satisfied with video-based care as a means of reaching people in rural locations, according to a new survey. The University of Missouri School of Medicine survey, “User Satisfaction with...

Courts to Consider Telehealth for Mental Health Evaluations

by Eric Wicklund

South Dakota’s court system could turn to telehealth to ease its backlog of mental health evaluations. With the state’s court system ordering four times as many mental competency evaluations this year as its one mental health facility...

Using mHealth to Help Seniors Age in Place

by Eric Wicklund

A smart home project launched by the University of Missouri has found that seniors who have access to care coordination tools double their chances of living independently. And if they’re using sensors, those chances are doubled again. Marilyn...

Spectrum Health Takes its Telehealth Platform In-House

by Eric Wicklund

When Spectrum Health jumped into the virtual care arena in 2014, administrators realized they would need help developing the platform. They turned to MDLive, a Florida-based online care provider. A little more than a year later, they’re...

An Online High: Telehealth Opens New Doors for Medical Marijuana

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine is venturing into new territory in California, with the launch of two services designed to connect consumers with medical marijuana providers and their doctors. California legalized medical marijuana in 1996, and researchers estimate...

Telemental Healthcare Soars to the Top of the To-Do List

by Eric Wicklund

Health systems seeking an entry point to telehealth are increasingly looking at telemental health services. That’s what Houston’s Texas County Memorial Hospital is doing. Armed with a grant from the Ozarks Independent Hospital Alliance,...

The Long and Winding Path to Telemedicine Reimbursement

by Eric Wicklund

The push is on to increase reimbursement for telemedicine, with both the American Medical Association and American Telemedicine Association looking to create more CPT codes. ATA officials announced this week that they’ll be submitting suggestions...

Tackling Sepsis With Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

An Illinois health system is using a $750,000 federal grant to develop a telemedicine platform to reduce severe sepsis and septic shock at rural hospitals. Peoria-based OSF Healthcare is using the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)...

Mobile Healthcare Goes to College

by Eric Wicklund

America’s colleges and universities are taking a liking to mHealth. In Dallas, a healthcare startup is offering mHealth-enhanced house - er, dorm – calls to local college students. At the University of Southern Mississippi, meanwhile,...

Telemedicine Moves Primary Urgent Care Out of the ED and Into the Home

by Eric Wicklund

Close to 200 hospitals in 29 states are gaining access to one of the nation’s largest telehealth platforms, in a bid to move primary urgent care out of the ED and online. Boston-based American Well has announced a contract to extend its...

Is Telemedicine Better for Delivering Bad News?

by Eric Wicklund

Is a bad diagnosis best delivered in person or by telemedicine? According to researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the telephone may work better. Writing in the November issue of JAMA Oncology, Naveen Krishnan, BS, Angela Fagerlin,...

PTO Grants Teladoc Petition to Review American Well Patent

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The battle between telemedicine providers American Well and Teladoc is now headed for an official review of a contested patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). On September 14, the federal agency concluded that the patent...

American Well Suit Claims Teladoc Violated Telehealth Patent

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

After convincing the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas to grant a preliminary injunction against a rule that would have limited its provision of telehealth services in the state, Teladoc is now facing a patent lawsuit...

Preliminary Injunction Supports Telehealth Services in Texas

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Texas Medical Board has reached an impasse relating to its recent decision to implement a rule constraining the use of telehealth services in the state. The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas granted a preliminary...

#Cures2015 Bill to Require Reports on Telehealth Services

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

After receiving the unanimous support of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, the 21st Century Cures Act now awaits the consideration of the entire House of Representative, including its provisions for expanding use of telehealth services...

How Telehealth Legislation Creates Tension in Healthcare

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A multitude of regulatory factors and perspectives need to be taken into account for the use of telehealth services to expand and become more widespread across the United States. The sheer number of rules and regulations for the practice of telemedicine...

Conn. Telehealth Legislation to Set Use, Coverage Requirements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Connecticut General Assembly appears set to pave the way for telehealth adoption in the Constitution State in light of the progress a piece of telehealth legislation has made recently. First introduced in January 2015, the bill (the Substitute...

Two Telehealth Bills Could Be Reintroduced in Congress

by Ryan Mcaskill

Telehealth legislation is being debated across the country in state senates. A majority of these bills center on increasing reimbursement rates and better defining what services can and cannot be handled through a video meeting with a physician....

Audit of VA Telehealth Shows Shortfalls

by Ryan Mcaskill

The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is one of the major organizations that is embracing telehealth solutions. Over the last few months, there has been several news releases from the VA that show the expanded use of the technology to help treat...

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