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Telehealth Helps Houston FD Improve 911 Efficiency

by Eric Wicklund

The Houston Fire Department is using a telemedicine platform to screen 911 calls before they become unnecessary ER visits. Called Project Ethan (Emergency TeleHealth And Navigation), the platform links the city’s fire and rescue first-responders...

AHA Gives Telehealth Its Own Web Page

by Eric Wicklund

The American Hospital Association has launched an online resource on local, state and national telehealth programs. From emergency department care to remote patient monitoring for chronic care management and access to care from specialists, telehealth...

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,...

Survey: Telemedicine Helps the Patient More Than the Provider

by Eric Wicklund

Health systems across the country are turning to telemedicine to improve patient outcomes, access and satisfaction – but they’re still having trouble profiting from it. That’s one of the key takeaways of the “2016 U.S....

Alaska May Open its Doors to Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

Alaska lawmakers are uniting behind a bill that would, for the first time, enable the state’s Medicaid participants to access telemedicine services from out-of-state providers. SB 74 “could be a major change that will affect the entire...

Telemedicine Still Isn’t Winning Hearts and Minds

by Eric Wicklund

More than half of the respondents in a new survey say they wouldn’t use telemedicine, either because they don’t trust the technology or they prefer an in-person visit. Yet more than 90 percent of those who have used telemedicine say...

Telehealth Gains Favor in Florida

by Eric Wicklund

Count Florida among the states embracing telemedicine, though the move toward reimbursement parity may take a few years. The Sunshine State’s House and Senate recently passed legislation – almost unanimously in both chambers –...

Has Telemedicine Proven its Value?

by Eric Wicklund

Does telemedicine increase healthcare costs rather than reducing them? A recent meeting of the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee raised that question, during a discussion of why more doctors aren’t using the technology. One theory is...

Interstate Licensing Problematic for Telemedicine Market

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact may be a way for private organizations to use telemedicine as a financial gain rather than a method for providing quality patient care, according to a press release by the Association of American Physicians...

Do Retail Clinics Actually Increase Healthcare Costs?

by Eric Wicklund

A new study questions whether retail clinics are driving up healthcare costs – and perhaps even creating a nation of wimps. The study, by the RAND Corporation, found that consumers with low-severity illnesses who had access to a retail...

Texas Board’s Ruling is a Victory for Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth’s value to mental health counseling scored an important victory last week when a Texas regulatory board shot down new restrictions to distance counseling. In a case closely watched in dozens of states and at the national level,...

HIMSS Set to Shine the Spotlight on Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

When WebMD CEO David Schlanger mentioned this month that the online media and information company was looking at the telehealth space, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise. The company has hinted at such a move for a few years. But a lot...

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...

Making the Most Out of Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth programs are like chocolates or presidential candidates – no two are alike, and some might look great on the outside but fall short of expectations. That’s why a healthcare provider looking to make that jump needs to look...

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...

Texas Slammed for Proposed Telemental Health Restrictions

by Eric Wicklund

Texas health officials are coming under fire for yet another telemedicine proposal. In a Feb. 10 letter to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, the American Telemedicine Association criticizes proposed regulations that...

Telemedicine-based Prescriptions Gain Favor in Indiana

by Eric Wicklund

Indiana lawmakers are moving forward with legislation that would allow healthcare providers to prescribe via telemedicine. House Bill 1263, submitted on Jan. 11, passed last week by a healthy 74-24 vote, and now faces Senate scrutiny. If enacted,...

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...

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