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Telehealth Sees Success in Therapy

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth-based therapy programs for stroke survivors have helped increase cognitive and language skills and enabled patients to receive therapy five times more often, according to one company. The survey of more than 20 million therapy sessions...

Can Telehealth Solve the Indian Health Service’s Problems?

by Eric Wicklund

The Indian Health Service is turning to telehealth to improve access to more than 130,000 Native Americans spread out across the Great Plains states. The national health system has put out the call for telehealth proposals to serve a seven-hospital...

Telehealth Study Finds a Willing Market in ACA Enrollees

by Eric Wicklund

A RAND Health study has found that teledermatology can boost the number of people accessing dermatology services, both online and in person. That includes people who might not otherwise want – or need – to see a dermatologist. The...

Study: Video Therapy Can Help Cancer Patients

by Eric Wicklund

Video therapy may help the estimated half of all cancer patients who suffer some form of memory loss after chemotherapy. It’s the latest in a growing number of reports that tout the value of video visits in reaching rural and underserved...

Telemedicine Chemotherapy Program Sees Success Down Under

by Eric Wicklund

What better location to prove the value of telemedicine than the Australian Outback? Videoconferencing platforms have proven their value in the U.S. for diverse healthcare services like abortions, ER consults and behavioral health. Now a hospital...

Telehealth Cuts Treatment Costs, Improves Outcomes for Autistic Children and Their Families

by Eric Wicklund

A new study out of the University of Iowa finds that parents of children on the autism spectrum can greatly reduce their treatment costs by using telehealth. The platform could also improve a family’s ability to communicate with an autistic...

Abortion-by-Telemedicine Pilot Launches in 4 States

by Eric Wicklund

A first-of-its-kind telemedicine abortion pilot has begun in four states, giving women an opportunity to receive their medications by mail and speak with a doctor from their own home. The project, developed by New York-based Gynuity Health Services,...

Using mHealth to Create A ‘Panoramic View’ of Substance Abuse

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers often look at connected health technology as the key to enforcing behavior change, if they could just figure out how to use it. Nowhere is that more important than in addiction recovery, where behaviors can be life-threatening....

Retail Clinics Are Forcing Providers to Be Creative

by Eric Wicklund

A new survey finds that retail clinics and other non-traditional healthcare settings are growing popular with consumers, but primarily for health and wellness services. For so-called “medical issues,” the setting of choice is still...

Connected Care Platforms Help High-Risk Patients Avoid the ER

by Eric Wicklund

Faced with overcrowded ERs that strain resources and budgets, healthcare providers are turning to connected care solutions to redirect – and sometimes prevent – that last-minute visit or ambulance call. In Albuquerque, N.M., a local...

A Successful Lesson Plan for School-Based Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

A Texas-based health system is seeking strong success in a small school-based telehealth program by following one simple rule: “Don’t have a hammer and go searching for a nail.” In other words, says S. Luke Webster, MD, vice...

Army Telemedicine Pilot Targets a Familiar Pain Point: The ER

by Eric Wicklund

The U.S. Army is testing a telemedicine platform that connects non-urgent ER visitors in a Kentucky hospital with doctors at another hospital some 445 miles away. The project, launched on Feb. 2, aims to reduce wait times at Blanchfield Army...

Saving Lives With Telestroke Care

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine might still be struggling to gain acceptance in healthcare circles, but one particular platform is proving its value. Five years ago, someone suffering a stroke in the tiny Mississippi community of Kosciusko would face an uphill...

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...

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