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Telemedicine

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...

ATA Lobbies Medicare for More Telehealth Reimbursement

by Eric Wicklund

The American Telemedicine Association is lobbying Medicare to reimburse physicians for a number of services conducted via telemedicine. In a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the ATA is asking that 35 of the American...

Texas Takes Heat for its Telemedicine Restrictions

by Eric Wicklund

The National Center for Policy Analysis is slamming Texas for the state’s efforts to curb telemedicine. The Washington D.C.-based think-tank singles out the Lone Star State and its officials in a new issue brief, calling the Texas...

Telemedicine Offers New Benefits for Schools

by Eric Wicklund

If you’re looking for the ROI in school-based telemedicine, don’t limit yourself to clinical outcomes. That’s the lesson being learned with the Telehealth for Tots clinic at Stephensville Elementary School, one of the more remote...

HealthSpot’s Demise Could Spell the End of Telemedicine Kiosks

by Eric Wicklund

HealthSpot, whose high-tech telemedicine kiosks have been a fixture at healthcare conferences, has apparently – and abruptly - shut down. The surprise news deals a blow to the kiosk industry, which had tried to position itself as a viable...

2016 Will be the Year of the Healthcare Consumer (Again)

by Eric Wicklund

2016 may well be the year of the consumer in healthcare. Wait a minute: That same prediction was made 12 months ago. Let’s try this again. Whereas 2015 saw the consumer and healthcare provider collaborate on care management, this coming...

Using Telehealth to Care for the Caregiver

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth clinic housed at the University of Southern California is using a $100,000 grant to expand its services to caregivers. The program at USC Telehealth is designed to help those who care for children and adult family members with special...

Will the CBO Give Telemedicine a Fair Shake?

by Eric Wicklund

With Congress soon to see proposed legislation that would allow more Medicaid coverage of telehealth services, some are wondering if those bills will get a fair shake from those in control of the purse strings. According to a recent story in...

States Take the Lead in Paying for mHealth

by Eric Wicklund

At the root of every mHealth project is one simple question: Who will pay for it? No one has a good answer to that. A recent report prepared by the National Conference of State Legislatures, prepared after a year-long study, questions whether...

Shriners Hospitals to Test Telemedicine for Orthopedic Consults

by Eric Wicklund

Shriners hospitals in Philadelphia, Salt Lake City and Galveston, Texas, will launch a telemedicine pilot next year to connect children with orthopedic specialists. The three hospitals will serve as hubs in the traditional “hub and spoke”...

Doctors Add an App to the Concussion Protocol

by Eric Wicklund

A New York health system is launching a ResearchKit-based study to determine if an app can help concussion patients during the critical six weeks after a diagnosis. The study by NYU Langone Medical Center focuses on charting patient-entered data...

Teladoc Wins Another Skirmish in Texas Telemedicine Tussle

by Eric Wicklund

Advocates for telephone-based telehealth services have won another court skirmish with a Texas judge’s refusal this week to drop Teladoc’s antitrust lawsuit against the Texas Medical Board. The ruling wasn’t entirely unexpected....

Video Visits Gaining Favor Among Providers and Patients

by Eric Wicklund

More than 80 percent of providers and patients are satisfied with video-based care as a means of reaching people in rural locations, according to a new survey. The University of Missouri School of Medicine survey, “User Satisfaction with...

Advice for the mHealth Coordinator? Plan Ahead, and Don’t Leave Anyone Out

by Eric Wicklund

Looking to launch a new telemedicine program? Don’t just think about one app, device or video visit platform, and don’t just make it for the patient, the doctor or the IT director. Map everything out, involve everyone in the process,...

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