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Alabama Telehealth Project Focuses on Home Dialysis Patients

by Eric Wicklund

Roughly a dozen home dialysis patients in Alabama now have their monthly checkups via telehealth, thanks to a partnership between the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and the Alabama Department of Public Health. The pilot...

‘Flawed’ Telemedicine Studies Prompt a Call to Action

by Jonathan Pearce of Zipnosis

Studies published recently by JAMA Internal Medicine and JAMA Dermatology question the quality and consistency of care provided by virtual health (telemedicine) providers. Both studies include several limitations and design flaws, which should...

Telemedicine Struggles for Support in South Korea

by Eric Wicklund

South Korea’s government is pushing ahead with plans to launch a nationwide telemedicine platform despite strong opposition from doctors. A proposal to revise South Korea’s Medicine Law to allow doctors and patients to connect through...

Telepharmacies Give Providers a Growing Rx for Success

by Eric Wicklund

In rural communities across the country, it’s often more difficult to find a pharmacist than it is to find a doctor. Now healthcare providers are using telemedicine platforms to create telepharmacy networks and bring the pharmacist into...

PCORI Grant Puts Telehealth to the Test with Hepatitis C Patients

by Eric Wicklund

The State University of New York is getting a $7 million grant to test the effectiveness of telemedicine in treating certain patients with the hepatitis C virus.   The grant, from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI),...

Mercy’s Telemedicine Network is Growing

by Eric Wicklund

Mercy Virtual’s telemedicine hub has gained another spoke. The high-tech “hospital without beds” in St. Louis announced a partnership with Penn State Health’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center during last week’s American...

Is Telehealth Ready for the Amazon Approach?

by Eric Wicklund

Can a telehealth network be run like Amazon? American Well is ready to put that theory to the test, with the announcement at this week’s American Telemedicine Association conference that it’s opening up an online telehealth marketplace....

ATA to Doctors: Let’s Prove Telemedicine’s Value

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine may be “moving from the periphery to the mainstream” in healthcare, but it will be physicians who take the concept to new heights. The American Telemedicine Association kicked off its 21st annual conference and trade...

mHealth and Seniors: ATA to Shine a Light on Home-Based Monitoring

by Eric Wicklund

America’s fastest growing population – its seniors - is pushing healthcare to help them age gracefully, and healthfully. And they’re turning to telehealth to make that happen. With the American Telemedicine Association convening...

Arkansas May Loosen Telemedicine Restrictions

by Eric Wicklund

One of the last states to restrict initial telemedicine encounters may be changing its tune. The Arkansas Board of Medicine is eyeing an amendment to its current codes that would, if approved, allow a physician to establish a valid relationship...

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...

4 Tips to Figuring mHealth Into Healthcare Construction Projects

by Eric Wicklund

When configuring mHealth or telehealth into a health system renovation, expansion or new construction, it’s important to remember one rule. Make sure you have enough power outlets. OK, that may seem a bit simplistic, but many health systems...

CMS to Reimburse for Specialty Care Consults in Connecticut

by Eric Wicklund

Connecticut health centers are now being reimbursed for telemedicine consults with specialists, helping residents who would sometimes have to wait a year for an appointment. The announcement by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...

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...

In-State Telehealth Restrictions May Soon Be Eliminated

by Eric Wicklund

The last two states to severely hinder out-of-state telemedicine companies from operating within their borders may soon be changing their ways. While legislation eliminating certain telemedicine barriers breezed through Alaska’s House and...

New Report Paints a Frustrating Picture for Telehealth Advancement

by Eric Wicklund

An analysis of state telehealth and Medicaid reimbursement policies finds a wide range of connected health practices across the country – so varied, in fact, that states can’t even agree on a definition for telehealth. The fourth...

Online Training, Cetification Offered for Virtual Care Doctors

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers generally agree that a virtual visit requires a different skillset than an in-person visit. Now a California-based telehealth provider is offering free training and certification for clinicians eager to get into the field....

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...

Is Telemedicine As Reliable As The In-Person Visit?

by Eric Wicklund

A targeted test of eight popular direct-to-consumer telehealth platforms has found that roughly one in four visits produces an incorrect or incomplete diagnosis – and doctors performing these virtual visits followed standard protocols little...

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...

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