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Intermountain’s Critical Take on Telehealth


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,...

More Telemedicine Grants Aimed at Fighting Drug Abuse


Several programs targeting the nation’s growing opioid abuse epidemic are among 36 telemedicine projects receiving federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, in announcing the USDA’s...

School Telehealth Program Offers a Different Route to ROI


School-based telehealth programs are proving their value in a number of states. But in a twist from the norm, one school district has seen strong ROI in a platform for teachers and staff – and now wants to extend that service to its students....

CMS Gives Green Light to Digital Health Diabetes Prevention Program


A diabetes-based preventive health program that would reimburse providers who use digital health has received the full blessing of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS is proposing to expand its Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program...

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


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...

Digital Health Workshop Leads to Partnerships for Cedars-Sinai


Cedars-Sinai has launched partnerships with three mHealth companies, all graduates of the health system’s recent Techstars Healthcare Accelerator. The Los Angeles-based health system is launching programs to help patients access post-acute...

ATA Gives the Nation a Passing Grade for Telemental Health


The American Telemedicine Association is giving much of the nation a good grade for its support of telemental health. Eight states have received an A in the ATA’s latest state-by-state analysis of telehealth standards and licensure, released...

Teledermatology Scores Big With Doctors and Patients


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


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...

mHealth Pilot Targets Underserved Women Veterans


There are more than 5 million female Armed Forces veterans in the U.S., and 72 percent refuse to go to a VA hospital or clinic. An mHealth pilot awaiting Congressional approval would try to solve that problem. A pair of mHealth companies have...

Telemental Health in the Heartland


A Wisconsin-based provider of behavioral health services is expanding its reach in the Midwest with a very simple formula – “just a therapist and a camera.” Wisconsin Lutheran Christian Family Solutions, based just outside of...

Arkansas Telemedicine Law Faces Flak Over ‘Originating Site’ Issue


New telemedicine regulations in Arkansas are facing questions over where a patient has to be to have a virtual visit with a doctor. Executives of Wal-Mart and national trucking company J.B. Hunt say the new law, which is expected to be approved...

Alabama Telehealth Project Focuses on Home Dialysis Patients


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...

Telehealth-Friendly Licensing Compacts Gain Momentum for Docs, Nurses


Five more states have signed up to ease the licensing process for doctors wanting to practice telemedicine across state lines. And an effort to make the process easier for nurses is gaining momentum as well. Colorado became the 17th state to...

‘Flawed’ Telemedicine Studies Prompt a Call to Action


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...

AMA Approves Ethical Guidelines for Telemedicine


After three years of discussion and a year of delays, the American Medical Association has signaled its support of telehealth. The 230,000-member organization “overwhelmingly” approved a set of guidelines for the ethical practice...

Virtual Care Within the EHR May Be a ‘Game-Changer’


Virtual visits may be all the rage these days, but healthcare providers have been slow to adapt – for one very good reason. The video visit may meet the patient’s desire for quick healthcare, but it’s often a nightmare for health...

Could the Texas Telehealth Battle Be Ready for a Truce?


One of the nation’s most contentious telehealth battlegrounds might be looking for a truce. News reports out of Texas say medical groups and telehealth advocates have met behind closed doors to discuss a possible compromise to the state’s...

Telemedicine Struggles for Support in South Korea


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...

Broadband: The Missing Link to Rural Telehealth Success


A small Minnesota hospital using remote monitoring technology to serve the state’s four poorest counties is hitting a familiar roadblock: Lack of broadband. The Lakewood Health System Hospital in Staples covers some of the most rural parts...


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