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UC Riverside Testing Telemedicine Visits for MS Patients

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers have been using telemedicine to connect with patients at home who suffer from debilitating chronic conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.  Now the University of California Riverside is testing...

DTC Telehealth Prompts Use of Medical Services, Not Savings

by Thomas Beaton

A new study from RAND found that 12 percent of telehealth use replaced office and emergency room visits while 88 percent represented new use of medical services. The team of RAND policy researchers examined claims information from 300,000 beneficiaries...

Telehealth: A Vital Tool in the Home Healthcare Space

by Eric Wicklund

A North Carolina-based health system is one of several using telehealth to improve its home healthcare services – a critical move in light of expected cuts in home health reimbursements from Medicare. FirstHealth of the Carolinas, a five-hospital...

Health Systems Use mHealth Education to Cut Readmissions, Boost Compliance

by Eric Wicklund

A West Virginia health system is using smart TVs and apps to better educate people with congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease about their health. As a result, they’re seeing those patients less often in the...

Washington May Let Consumers Choose Their Telemedicine Site

by Eric Wicklund

Washington lawmakers are considering a pair of bills that would, among other things, give the consumer the freedom to choose where to access telemedicine services. In 2015, the state established healthcare locations – hospitals, medical...

Could an mHealth Program Help Cut Billions in Chronic Care Costs?

by Eric Wicklund

A digital health program launched by Humana has proven successful in getting overweight seniors to lose weight – and could help Medicare shed billions of dollars in chronic care management costs. The Louisville, Ky.-based insurer’s...

Flu Season Turns the Spotlight on mHealth, Telehealth Advances

by Eric Wicklund

Just in time for flu season, researchers at the University of Texas in Arlington are reportedly developing an mHealth device that would specifically test for the flu virus. The device is similar to a breathalyzer, reports Perena Gouma, a professor...

UVA Telemedicine Project Offers Mobile Screening for Bladder Cancer

by Eric Wicklund

The University of Virginia has launched a first-of-its-kind study into the use of telemedicine to detect bladder cancer in underserved parts of the state. A mobile health van in Wise, Va., is using a telemedicine hookup with the UVA in Charlottesville...

Trinity Health Invests in Telehealth for Home Care

by Eric Wicklund

Trinity Health is adding an mHealth platform to its home healthcare ministry, which serves thousands of people across the country in an effort to keep them in their homes and out of the hospital. The 22-state, Michigan-based health system has...

New Jersey Boosts Telehealth Access for Veterans

by Eric Wicklund

New Jersey’s Virtua Health is getting almost $300,000 to enhance its telehealth platform for veterans. The health system, consisting of four hospitals, dozens of clinics and care facilities, a fleet of mobile intensive care units and a...

Utah Moves to Restrict Abortions by Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

Utah lawmakers are mulling new telehealth regulations that would, among other things, prevent clinicians from dispensing abortion-causing medications through a virtual visit. HB 154, an amendment to various state rules that cover telehealth services,...

Northwell Health Takes Telehealth to the Next Level

by Eric Wicklund

A recent Harris Poll found that one of every five consumers would switch healthcare providers if their doctor didn’t use telehealth. Northwell Health is making sure that won’t happen. The New York-based health system, comprising some...

Telemedicine Study Cites Tele-ICU’s Positive Impact on Patients

by Eric Wicklund

A year-long study of telemedicine programs at 17 hospital ICUs around the country has found that the tele-ICU concept has a direct impact on patient health. Presenting at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 46th Critical Care Congress...

Idaho to End Telehealth Restrictions for Abortions

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth advocates are cheering the end of a legal battle in Idaho over whether healthcare providers could use virtual visits to treat women seeking an abortion. Planned Parenthood has announced the settlement of a lawsuit filed against the...

Banner Health’s Telehealth Program Cuts Hospitalizations and Costs

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth platform serving some of Banner Health’s most complex patients has helped cut costs, reduced rehospitalizations and the length of hospital stays, and even slashed in half the number of patients requiring hospitalization. The...

How One School District Aces the Telehealth Test

by Eric Wicklund

For proof that Tennessee’s Sevier County School System is making the most out of its eight-year-old telehealth program, Don Best looks at student report cards. Best, coordinator of school health for one of Tennessee’s largest and...

Community Paramedicine Brings mHealth Right to the Patient

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking to remotely monitor chronic care patients and those recently released from the hospital are finding a mobile health resource in local EMS providers. Dubbed community paramedicine or mobile integrated health, the concept...

Small Hospitals Turn to Telemedicine for ER Services

by Eric Wicklund

A small hospital on Prince Edward Island may turn to telemedicine to keep its emergency department open 24 hours a day. Officials with Health PEI, Prince Edward Island’s island-wide health system, are discussing a virtual visit platform...

mHealth Programs Aim to Reach Patients Before they Need the ER

by Eric Wicklund

Mobile health platforms, be they kiosks, consumer-facing telehealth portals or virtual care stations, are often seen as an antidote to the overcrowded Emergency Department. Now a Seattle health system is using mobile care coordination teams to...

Mobile Telestroke Units to Hit the Road in Chicago

by Eric Wicklund

Chicago is taking telestroke directly to the patient, with the deployment over the next few months of two specially equipped mobile vans. Northwest Medicine Central DuPage Hospital is scheduled to launch the first vehicle this month, and Rush...

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