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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...

Kaiser CEO: Telehealth Outpaced In-Person Visits Last Year

by Eric Wicklund

Kaiser Permanente is seeing more patients online than in person, according to its CEO. The California-based health network, one of the nation’s largest integrated health systems, saw some 110 million people last year, with some 59 million...

A Telehealth Primer: Start Small, Make Adjustments, Scale Up

by Eric Wicklund

Some of the best telehealth projects start small, prove their value, then scale up to make an even bigger impact on the community. Such is the case with Brookwood Baptist Health, a five-hospital system in central Alabama that launched a virtual...

In the Northeast, Telehealth Gets Creative - With Good Results

by Eric Wicklund

From a Maine clinic providing healthcare-by-boat to remote islanders to a health system in New York’s Finger Lakes region worried about travel costs and safety, telehealth comes in many ways, shapes and forms in the Northeast. In fact,...

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...

Avera Tabbed to Provide Telehealth to Indian Health Services Network

by Eric Wicklund

Avera Health has signed a contract to provide telehealth services to several rural Midwest health systems plagued by access issues and reports of substandard care. The one-year, $6.8 million contract will enable the South Dakota-based health...

Telehealth Providers Make a Play for Online Psychiatry Services

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth providers are targeting the nation’s growing mental health crisis with online platforms that allow providers to speak with patients in their own homes, where they’re more comfortable and likely to be more at ease speaking...

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....

Has Missouri Found a New Way to Boost Telehealth in Schools?

by Eric Wicklund

Missouri schools struggling to pay for special needs programs and teachers may get relief from an unexpected source: The state’s new telehealth law. The legislation, approved in June and taking effect this month, lays out the groundwork...

Telehealth Can Be a Useful Communication Tool in the ICU

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth link could be more beneficial to clinicians than a room full of family members in the ICU, according to a new study. Conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, the study finds that a videoconference link to family...

An mHealth Business Plan: From RPM to Home Health Monitoring

by Eric Wicklund

Remote patient monitoring programs are gaining favor with healthcare providers who want to cut down on adverse events at home and costly readmissions, but what happens when the program ends? Officials at the Rockford Health System are pinning...

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...

Digital Health Done Right at a ‘Most Wired’ Health System

by Eric Wicklund

One of the nation’s most wired health systems is actually trying to get rid of wires. The Christiana Care Health System, a Delaware-based network of two hospitals and a broad range of outpatient services and primary care offices, is moving...

Can Remote Monitoring Keep COPD Patients Out of the Hospital?

by Eric Wicklund

A New York-New Jersey health system is using a $1.5 million federal grant to study whether a remote monitoring program can boost outcomes for Hispanic patients diagnosed with COPD. The grant, issued by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute...

Abortion Study Touts Telemedicine as a Care Management Tool

by Eric Wicklund

A new study is reviving the ongoing debate of offering abortions by telemedicine, positioning the platform as a means of improving patient-centered care. As reported in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, a study conducted by researchers...

Big Business is Bullish on Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Almost every big business in the United States will make telehealth available to its employees within four years, according to a national survey. Whether those employees take advantage of that service is another matter. The much-anticipated Large...

Telehealth Program Connects African Cancer Clinic with U.S. Specialists

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth program linking cancer specialists across the U.S. with an African hospital will soon expand to several other countries, pushing cancer diagnosis into regions where there might be one pathologist per 1 million people. The program,...

Kaiser Study Shows the Value of Telestroke Care

by Eric Wicklund

One of the nation’s largest health networks is adding to the literature supporting the life-saving aspects of a telestroke program. California-based Kaiser Permanente has released the results of a study, involving more than 2,500 patients...

ADHD Study Ties mHealth Use to Clinical Improvements

by Eric Wicklund

Community pediatric practices who use mHealth technology to treat children with ADHD are seeing clinical improvements, according to a new study. The study, detailed in the online journal Pediatrics, finds that doctors can use online tools to...

Telehealth in the Spotlight as HHS Expands Bundled Payment Models

by Eric Wicklund

The proposed expansion of a bundled payment program may be a sign that federal officials are placing more confidence in telehealth as a standard of care. Health and Human Services Secrtary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced that a bundled payment...

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