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Telehealth Services

Mercy Virtual Aims for a National Telemedicine Network

by Eric Wicklund

Mercy Health’s new virtual healthcare program has announced its first big partnership, the first cog in what might someday be a nationwide (or even global) telemedicine network. The deal, announced earlier this month, will have Mercy Virtual...

Study: Telemedicine Works Fine in Diagnosing Sick Children

by Eric Wicklund

A new study has found that telemedicine can be used to assess the severity of a child’s illness as well as an in-person examination. Supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics and published in the Feb. 5 issue of Pediatrics, the Yale...

DoD Expands Telemedicine Access for Military, Families

by Eric Wicklund

The Military Health System is adding telemedicine to its arsenal of healthcare services for the nation’s military members and their families. In a memorandum issued earlier this month, Jonathan Woodson, MD, the Assistant Secretary of Defense...

Mississippi Scales Up Its Telehealth Network

by Eric Wicklund

The success of Mississippi’s telehealth-based diabetes program is prompting its parent health system to expand to other states – and other chronic disease groups. The Diabetes Telehealth Network, a statewide remote care management...

Telemedicine Used By Both Sides in Abortion Debate

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine is wading into the hotly contested abortion debate once again. Kentucky lawmakers this week approved legislation that would enable doctors to counsel women via real-time video link to fulfill the commonwealth’s “informed...

Telemedicine Survey Shows Strong Support From ICU Nurses

by Eric Wicklund

A survey of some 1,200 nurses around the country who work in tele-ICU or eICU environments finds strong support for the remote clinical care platform. The largest barrier to tele-ICU expansion? Negative attitudes within healthcare. According...

Telehealth Takes the Lead in Addiction Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

With payers looking for new ways to prove the value of addiction treatment, a national network behavioral healthcare providers is ramping up its telehealth efforts. Austin. Texas-based MAP Health Management is adding 1,200 counselors to its national...

New Telehealth Services Cater to Mobile Employees

by Eric Wicklund

A Pennsylvania college's Social Enterprise Institute has launched a network of health and wellness centers for truckers. Graduate students of Elizabethtown College and the SEI, also based at the college, are converting nine mobile chapels...

Pharmacies Look to Telehealth Partnerships to Keep Clinics Running

by Eric Wicklund

An announcement out of Chicago today might signal a new trend in retail healthcare. Advocate Health Care, one of the Midwest’s largest health systems, has announced that it will take over 56 retail clinics in Walgreens locations in and...

Making Telehealth a Priority: Congress Mulls Changes to Medicare

by Eric Wicklund

The Senate Finance Committee is mulling a number of policy changes that would make telehealth a key component of chronic care management for Medicare beneficiaries. The changes are contained in a policy document created last month by the Bipartisan...

Turning to Telehealth For a Good Night’s Sleep

by Eric Wicklund

The latest trend in telehealth? Using IT to catch some Zs. The advent of remote monitoring platforms has pushed sleep therapy out of the lab and into the bedroom, where specialists or even primary care providers can keep tabs on a patient’s...

Using Telehealth to Care for the Caregiver

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth clinic housed at the University of Southern California is using a $100,000 grant to expand its services to caregivers. The program at USC Telehealth is designed to help those who care for children and adult family members with special...

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...

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