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Small Hospitals Turn to Telemedicine for ER Services

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A small hospital on Prince Edward Island may turn to telemedicine to keep its emergency department open 24 hours a day. Officials with Health PEI, Prince Edward Island’s island-wide health system, are discussing a virtual visit platform...

mHealth Programs Aim to Reach Patients Before they Need the ER

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Mobile health platforms, be they kiosks, consumer-facing telehealth portals or virtual care stations, are often seen as an antidote to the overcrowded Emergency Department. Now a Seattle health system is using mobile care coordination teams to...

Telemedicine Success Requires an Alignment of Incentives (and Attitudes)

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The physician at the head of a recent study on eICU benefits says the biggest challenge facing healthcare providers adopting telemedicine these days isn’t the technology. It’s the attitude. “If you apply the technology the way...

Mobile Telestroke Units to Hit the Road in Chicago

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Chicago is taking telestroke directly to the patient, with the deployment over the next few months of two specially equipped mobile vans. Northwest Medicine Central DuPage Hospital is scheduled to launch the first vehicle this month, and Rush...

Nebraska lawmakers eye telehealth parity, interstate licensure

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Telehealth parity and interstate licensure are on the agenda in Nebraska, as state officials look to combat healthcare access problems in this decidedly rural state. Lawmakers have announced two separate bills that aim to make telehealth easier...

Using mHealth to Track and Treat HIV in Remote Africa

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An international foundation is using an mHealth and online payment platform to improve healthcare services in a tiny African nation where almost 25 percent of the population is HIV positive and many have to walk hours to reach a health clinic....

Consumers, Doctors Still Aren’t Agreeing on mHealth’s Goals

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Nine out of 10 consumers say their doctors should store mHealth data collected from wearables. And just as many of their doctors disagree According to a poll of consumer mHealth attitudes by Black Book, 96 percent of physicians surveyed don’t...

Consumer Survey Sees Sharp Increase in mHealth, Telemedicine Use

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Consumer acceptance of mHealth Was stronger in 2016 than any other year, according to a survey from Rock Health. The San Francisco-based digital health venture fund reports that almost half of the consumers recently surveyed for its year-end...

mHealth, Telemedicine Experts Appointed to NQF’s Telehealth Committee

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A who’s who of telemedicine and mHealth experts is helping the National Quality Forum map out a framework for measuring the success of telehealth projects across the country. The NQF’s Telehealth Framework to Support Measure Development...

Telemedicine Gives Long-Term Care Facilities an Instant Link to Healthcare

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A telemedicine platform launched by a Kentucky-based long-term healthcare system is poised for growth after officials say it helped one facility decrease costs by 30 percent. YourDoc2U, a startup created in 2015 by executives at Louisville-based...

Hospital Uses Telestroke Program’s Success to Branch Out to Other Specialties

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A Mississippi hospital at the center of s successful telestroke network is expanding its telehealth platform to deliver behavioral health services. St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson launched its telestroke program in 2012, and now sits at the center...

American Well CEO: Telehealth Must Integrate With the Home and the Hospital

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Up until now, consumer-facing telehealth platforms have primarily focused on a conversation between doctor and patient. But if telehealth is going to match the value of an in-person exam, it’s going to have to incorporate new data streams....

mHealth’s Year in Review: From Texting to Wearables to Telehealth’s Tricks (And Treats)

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Text messaging for physicians, telehealth’s tricky definitions and wearables topped the list of popular stories on mHealthIntelligence.com during the past year – and may offer readers a clue of what to expect in 2017. By far the most...

Study: Telehealth Can Add to Providers’ Workflows if Not Properly Planned

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A new study suggests that telehealth may add to the burden on local healthcare providers if not properly planned. As reported in Health Affairs, the study found that a telehealth program can increase the workload for specialists and healthcare...

CMS Urged to Reimburse Telehealth for Stroke, Cardiac Care

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The American Heart Association is calling on Medicare to support telehealth, saying the technology is “tragically underutilized” to treat stroke patients and those with heart disease and could save the country billions of dollars...

21st Century Cures Act to Boost Medicare Telehealth Use

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The 21st Century Cures Act, enacted earlier this week, may have been a win for drug approval process reform and additional scientific research funding advocates. But the legislation may also help to increase Medicare telehealth use, stated URAC...

Survey: Telemedicine Tops the List of Medical Board Priorities

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Telemedicine dominated the list of state medical board concerns going into 2017, according to a survey conducted by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). The Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, representing some 70 boards and organizations...

Defense Bill Expands Telehealth Services in TRICARE

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A Defense bill that includes expanded telehealth access for active duty military personnel and veterans has been approved by Congress – minus controversial language that would have basically federalized telehealth doctors. The National...

Telemedicine Study Makes a Financial Case for eICUs

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Telemedicine access in a hospital’s ICU can improve case volume, save millions of dollars and pay for its own capital costs within three months, according to a new study. Conducted by Craig M. Lilly, MD, director of the eICU program at...

States Move to Exclude Marijuana Consults from Telemedicine Laws

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Telemedicine may be good for any number of healthcare issues, but Florida lawmakers don’t want the platform used for prescribing medical marijuana. Taking a page from Colorado’s regulations, Florida’s Board of Medicine has proposed...

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