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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...

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...

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