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Telemedicine

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...

Telehealth Tussle in Mississippi Takes a New Turn

by Eric Wicklund

A dispute between the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure and Teladoc is heating up, thanks to proposed legislation that would negate the board’s year-long effort to place restrictions on certain telehealth consults. The state board...

Telehealth Rallies Behind the CONNECT Act

by Eric Wicklund

A bipartisan bill introduced to Congress this week might have an impressive list of supporters and some pretty heady projections on cost savings, but can it succeed where so many promising bills before it have failed? Long-anticipated and heavily...

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 Report Cards Offer Good, Bad News for States

by Eric Wicklund

More states are covering and reimbursing for telemedicine than ever before. Unfortunately, they’re also imposing stricter standards that frustrate efforts to expand the ecosystem. That’s the gist of the American Telemedicine Association’s...

Telemedicine Gives Newborns a Welcome to the World

by Eric Wicklund

A west Texas hospital has set up a telemedicine link to connect its smallest patients with immediate specialist care. Shannon Medical Center, a 400-bed hospital based in San Angelo, which boasts a population of slightly less than 100,000, is...

Feds Urged to Make Telehealth a Standard of Care

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth should be an integrated standard of care for people with chronic conditions, not a separate path of care alongside traditional in-person visits. That’s the early take from comments so far submitted to the Senate Finance Committee...

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...

FCC Petition: Better Rural Broadband Means More Telehealth Services

by Eric Wicklund

A coalition of telehealth and health IT organizations is petitioning the Federal Communications Commission to improve wireless and broadband access to rural healthcare providers, calling it critical to the development of virtual visit and remote...

Large Employer Trade Group Pushes for Better State Telehealth Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

A national organization representing large employers is throwing its weight behind state efforts to expand and regulate telehealth – and that’s not an easy task, says its chief health executive. The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC),...

Docs Prefer ‘The Human Touch’ to Telemedicine When Delivering Bad News

by Eric Wicklund

It seems that most physicians aren’t keen on using telemedicine to deliver bad news to a patient. In fact, of 309 physicians recently surveyed by Aptus Health, almost 88 percent voted against delivering a bad biopsy result to a patient...

Survey Cites Family Doctors’ Resistance to Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

A 2014 survey of family physicians finds that while a vast majority see the benefits of telehealth, only 15 percent are actually using it. The survey of almost 1,560 physicians, conducted by the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family...

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...

Do Robots Have Value in Clinical Settings?

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine robots are being deployed in two hospitals in the United Arab Emirates in a nationwide effort to link emergency care centers to needed specialists. The robots, designed by Santa Barbara, Calif.-based InTouch Health, will be stationed...

Telemedicine a Key Component of Next-Generation ACOs

by Eric Wicklund

A new Accountable Care Organization model that stresses telehealth is getting high marks from the American Telemedicine Association. The Next Generation ACO Model, unveiled on January 11 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, targets...

New Telehealth Services Cater to Mobile Employees

by Eric Wicklund

A Pennsylvania college's Social Enterprise Institute has launched a network of health and wellness centers for truckers. Graduate students of Elizabethtown College and the SEI, also based at the college, are converting nine mobile chapels...

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