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Letter: TRICARE Bill Could ‘Federalize’ Telehealth Doctors

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A bill to boost telehealth services for the nation’s armed forces may clash with state efforts to regulate the technology. The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2017, now making its way through Congress, includes a telehealth benefit...

Healthcare Looks to mHealth for Quality Improvement

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Health system executives are using mHealth to boost quality improvement efforts, according to a new survey. But success will only come if the technology improves clinician workflow. A survey of more than 170 quality improvement professionals...

Telehealth Can Be a Useful Communication Tool in the ICU

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A telehealth link could be more beneficial to clinicians than a room full of family members in the ICU, according to a new study. Conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, the study finds that a videoconference link to family...

Survey: No Reimbursement, No Telehealth

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Primary care physicians aren’t using telehealth because they aren’t reimbursed for it. That’s the gist of a survey of about 550 family physicians, conducted in 2014, which found doctors staying away from the technology because...

mHealth Model focuses On Early Detection of Chronic Conditions

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A Minneapolis health system is launching an mHealth tool designed to identify people at risk of diabetes or heart disease and steer them to treatment. Fairview Health Services is making the online health risk assessments available to its select...

New Survey Shows Growing Support for Telemedicine in Texas

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A new telemedicine survey by the Texas Association of Business (TAB) that state employers and healthcare consumers are interested in increased access to remote interactions with their providers. According to the survey, consumers want immediate...

Using mHealth to Transition to Value-Based Care

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North Carolina’s largest federally qualified health center is turning to mHealth to help patients manage their chronic conditions. By deploying Smartlink’s platform, officials at Goshen Medical Center also expect to align the clinic...

Europe Urged to Support U.S.-Based Telehealth Standards

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Five nations and a region in Spain are looking to the U.S. for help in pushing the needle on telehealth adoption in Europe. In a three-page letter sent in June to Europe’s 28-member eHealth Network and the European Commission to promote...

Is Telehealth Redefining the ‘Doctor-Patient Relationship’?

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Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering telehealth legislation that would clearly define what technology a physician can use – and clamp down on vendors offering such services. Senate Bill 1342, sponsored by State Sen Elder Vogel, focuses...

Arkansas Still Struggling with Telehealth Regulations

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Arkansas is moving toward legislation that would enable healthcare providers to treat first-time patients via telehealth – though those patients would still have to be sitting in a healthcare facility to take advantage of the service. The...

Telehealth Growth, Savings Tied to Parity Laws

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Telehealth will only succeed if providers are reimbursed at the same rate as in-person care. That’s the conclusion drawn from a health policy brief developed by Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It argues that the nation’s...

HRSA Grants Target Telehealth for Veterans, Schools, Chronic Care

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Healthcare providers in Alaska, Missouri and South Carolina are getting federal grants of almost $1 million apiece to push telehealth resources out to veterans living in rural areas. The grants are part of an ambitious effort by the Health Resources...

Digital Health Done Right at a ‘Most Wired’ Health System

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One of the nation’s most wired health systems is actually trying to get rid of wires. The Christiana Care Health System, a Delaware-based network of two hospitals and a broad range of outpatient services and primary care offices, is moving...

Abortion Study Touts Telemedicine as a Care Management Tool

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A new study is reviving the ongoing debate of offering abortions by telemedicine, positioning the platform as a means of improving patient-centered care. As reported in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, a study conducted by researchers...

Big Business is Bullish on Telehealth

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Almost every big business in the United States will make telehealth available to its employees within four years, according to a national survey. Whether those employees take advantage of that service is another matter. The much-anticipated Large...

L.A. Schools to Test a New Telehealth Model

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The nation’s second largest school district is launching an innovative telehealth program this fall, and it won’t cost the district a penny. In what could be a model for other cash-strapped school systems, the Los Angeles Unified...

‘Revolutionary Change’ Needed to Make Telehealth a Reality in South Korea

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South Korea is set to embark on its third telemedicine pilot, and is trumpeting new projects in Africa and South America. Yet one of the planet’s most wired nations is still a long way off from a national program, due to strong distrust...

Telehealth Program Connects African Cancer Clinic with U.S. Specialists

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A telehealth program linking cancer specialists across the U.S. with an African hospital will soon expand to several other countries, pushing cancer diagnosis into regions where there might be one pathologist per 1 million people. The program,...

Tying Telehealth to Better Rural Health Outcomes

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Federal officials have unveiled an online database designed to link broadband availability and use with health outcomes. It’s the latest step in an effort to connect rural and underserved communities with the tools to promote healthier...

Kaiser Study Shows the Value of Telestroke Care

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One of the nation’s largest health networks is adding to the literature supporting the life-saving aspects of a telestroke program. California-based Kaiser Permanente has released the results of a study, involving more than 2,500 patients...

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