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‘Flawed’ Telemedicine Studies Prompt a Call to Action

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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

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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’

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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?

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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

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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

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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...

Telepharmacies Give Providers a Growing Rx for Success

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In rural communities across the country, it’s often more difficult to find a pharmacist than it is to find a doctor. Now healthcare providers are using telemedicine platforms to create telepharmacy networks and bring the pharmacist into...

Are mHealth Kiosks Making a Comeback?

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mHealth enthusiasts take note: The kiosk isn’t dead yet. While HealthSpot’s assets – including hundreds of the bankrupt company’s room-sized kiosks – were disposed of in an online auction over the Memorial Day weekend,...

Do Providers Really Benefit from Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth?

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Is direct-to-consumer telehealth really that good for health systems? Commercial on-demand platforms may be all the rage these days, but some critics contend they disrupt healthcare far more than they should, and end up hindering health systems...

mHealth’s Missing Link: Technology That Helps the Caregiver

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A recent study finds that more than 70 percent of family and friends providing care to a loved one at home are interested in using mHealth technology to support their caregiving tasks, and roughly 60 percent would use whatever’s available...

Letter: Telemedicine’s Value to Medicare Has Been Proven

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A who’s who of telemedicine advocates is urging those in charge of the federal purse strings to be more creative in assessing the technology’s benefits on Medicare. In a brief letter to the Congressional Budget Office and the Medicare...

PCORI Grant Puts Telehealth to the Test with Hepatitis C Patients

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The State University of New York is getting a $7 million grant to test the effectiveness of telemedicine in treating certain patients with the hepatitis C virus.   The grant, from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI),...

Can mHealth Make a Difference in Population Health?

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Payers are starting to take a serious look at mHealth platforms for population health. The latest to take on the challenge is Aetna, whose charitable arm recently launched two programs to fuel mHealth innovation in underserved markets. The Aetna Foundation...

A Payer Makes an Investment in Telehealth

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A Mid-Atlantic-based health plan is making an intriguing investment in telehealth. Baltimore-based CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is earmarking nearly $3 million in grant money to 10 nonprofits and public health programs to expand their telemedicine...

Mercy’s Telemedicine Network is Growing

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Mercy Virtual’s telemedicine hub has gained another spoke. The high-tech “hospital without beds” in St. Louis announced a partnership with Penn State Health’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center during last week’s American...

mHealth Gives Children a Reason to Smile

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An mHealth partnership is quite literally bringing smiles to thousands of children around the world. Videoconferencing and collaboration technology from Polycom and Microsoft is being used to improve surgeries, as well as pre- and post-operative...

Telehealth Shifts its Focus

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Today’s telehealth solution may soon evolve into tomorrow’s mHealth platform. That’s the conclusion drawn by a recent survey of some 280 healthcare executives by Avizia and Modern Healthcare. Their findings indicate that current...

Is Telehealth Ready for the Amazon Approach?

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Can a telehealth network be run like Amazon? American Well is ready to put that theory to the test, with the announcement at this week’s American Telemedicine Association conference that it’s opening up an online telehealth marketplace....

Is Telehealth Ready for Its Day in Court?

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That next new telehealth program had better include a lawyer in the planning stages. Faced with the fear of a rapidly evolving industry that isn’t keeping up with its legal requirements, the American Bar Association stepped up its presence...

VA Expands Telehealth Access for Veterans

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The nation’s largest healthcare network is launching a new telehealth initiative. The Department of Veterans Affairs is putting the focus on behavioral health with a network of Mental Health Telehealth Resource Centers, designed to tackle...

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