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Telemedicine

Telemedicine Platform to Link Native American Docs to Pediatric Specialists

by Eric Wicklund

A pilot telehealth program being launched in the Southwest aims to give doctors in remote Navajo communities access to pediatric specialists in Philadelphia. If the tele-consult program succeeds, it could become a standard of care for remote,...

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...

Using Telemedicine to Boost HEDIS, Reduce Risk and Fight Blindness

by Eric Wicklund

A Missouri-based health system is using a telemedicine platform to improve quality measures for value-based care – and uncovering undiagnosed retinopathy in dozens of diabetic patients that could lead to blindness. CoxHealth, a five-hospital...

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...

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...

7 Tips for Including Patient Safety in Telemedicine Programs

by Eric Wicklund

Health systems have been slow to adopt telemedicine due to concerns over patient safety. But executives at Partners Healthcare’s Center for Connected Health say the technology has done more good than harm and should be embraced more readily....

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...

L.A. Schools to Test a New Telehealth Model

by Eric Wicklund

The nation’s second largest school district is launching an innovative telehealth program this fall, and it won’t cost the district a penny. In what could be a model for other cash-strapped school systems, the Los Angeles Unified...

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...

Telemedicine to Help Rural Docs Tackle Opioid Abuse

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are investing in telemedicine to fight the nation’s growing opioid abuse epidemic in three states. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is launching a three-year, $9 million effort to train rural healthcare...

Intermountain’s Critical Take on Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Housed in a warehouse separate from the rest of the health system, Intermountain Healthcare’s tele-critical care program may very well prove that some of the best healthcare takes place away from the patient. The program, launched in 2014,...

South Carolina’s Prison Telehealth Deal is About More Than Healthcare

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth project designed to serve South Carolina’s prison population could save the state thousands of dollars a year in healthcare costs – and that’s not the only benefit. In a partnership announced this month by the South...

Teledermatology Scores Big With Doctors and Patients

by Eric Wicklund

Community health centers in eastern and central Massachusetts will soon be using a teledermatology platform designed to improve the initial diagnosis of a skin lesion and cut wait times for an appointment that often takes weeks. The telemedicine...

USDA Telemedicine Grants Target Opioid Abuse

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are using telemedicine grants to combat a growing opioid epidemic in three mid-Atlantic and southern states. About $1.4 million was pledged to five projects in Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom...

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),...

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