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Red Cross Turns to Telehealth for Emergency Care

by Eric Wicklund

The Red Cross is taking on a telehealth partner in an effort to expand access to healthcare during emergencies. The organization is partnering with Texas-based Teladoc to make the company’s phone- and web-based services available to victims...

Study: Telehealth Helps Dementia Patients Recover ‘Lost’ Words

by Eric Wicklund

A Northwestern University study has found that a telehealth platform can help dementia patients maintain and even improve their ability to remember and communicate by giving them access to specialists. Researchers used the Communication Bridge...

Telemedicine Closes the Gap in Specialty Referrals

by Eric Wicklund

A San Diego-based health system is expanding its telemedicine platform after a four-month pilot showed that more than 60 percent of patient visits requiring a specialist consult could be done virtually, without the need for an extra visit. North...

WorldClinic Founder: Telehealth Needs a New Revenue Model

by Eric Wicklund

Why is telehealth struggling to find its footing? Dan Carlin blames the billing code. “We’re still in an age where the vast majority of healthcare still exists in billing codes,” says the founder and CEO of WorldClinic, a New...

Using Telehealth, mHealth to Advance Value-Based Care

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare’s march toward value-based care is complicated. And with roughly three-quarters of the industry still focused on volume, it’s safe to say the revolution isn’t happening overnight. But some forward-thinking health...

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...

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