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Lawsuit Challenges South Carolina’s Ban on mHealth Eye Exams

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The developer of an mHealth app for eye exams is suing state officials in South Carolina, where the company is banned from issuing prescriptions based on its online tests. Chicago-based Opternative says the South Carolina Department of Labor,...

Red Cross Turns to Telehealth for Emergency Care

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The Red Cross is taking on a telehealth partner in an effort to expand access to healthcare during emergencies. The organization is partnering with Texas-based Teladoc to make the company’s phone- and web-based services available to victims...

Study: Telehealth Helps Dementia Patients Recover ‘Lost’ Words

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A Northwestern University study has found that a telehealth platform can help dementia patients maintain and even improve their ability to remember and communicate by giving them access to specialists. Researchers used the Communication Bridge...

Using mHealth to Vault the Barriers to Value-Based Care

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mHealth may help healthcare providers move toward value-based care, but the road won’t be easy. For example, a primary care provider might use a digital health platform to improve clinical outcomes for patients, resulting in a substantial...

Telemedicine Platform to Link Native American Docs to Pediatric Specialists

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A pilot telehealth program being launched in the Southwest aims to give doctors in remote Navajo communities access to pediatric specialists in Philadelphia. If the tele-consult program succeeds, it could become a standard of care for remote,...

Telemedicine Closes the Gap in Specialty Referrals

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A San Diego-based health system is expanding its telemedicine platform after a four-month pilot showed that more than 60 percent of patient visits requiring a specialist consult could be done virtually, without the need for an extra visit. North...

WorldClinic Founder: Telehealth Needs a New Revenue Model

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Why is telehealth struggling to find its footing? Dan Carlin blames the billing code. “We’re still in an age where the vast majority of healthcare still exists in billing codes,” says the founder and CEO of WorldClinic, a New...

Using Telemedicine to Boost HEDIS, Reduce Risk and Fight Blindness

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A Missouri-based health system is using a telemedicine platform to improve quality measures for value-based care – and uncovering undiagnosed retinopathy in dozens of diabetic patients that could lead to blindness. CoxHealth, a five-hospital...

Using Telehealth, mHealth to Advance Value-Based Care

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Healthcare’s march toward value-based care is complicated. And with roughly three-quarters of the industry still focused on volume, it’s safe to say the revolution isn’t happening overnight. But some forward-thinking health...

Telehealth Helps Rural Hospitals Keep Their ER Patients (And Revenues)

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The University of Mississippi Medical Center is the only level 1 trauma center in Mississippi. This means the hospital sees many patients transferred from rural hospitals who don’t have the rescources to treat them. The Jackson-based hospital...

mHealth Group Wants to Define Store-And-Forward Telehealth

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mHealth proponents have drafted a definition for “asynchronous” telehealth, and they’re hoping federal officials will use it when dealing with MACRA issues and CPT codes. The Connected Health Initiative (CHI), a group organized...

Kaiser CEO: Telehealth Outpaced In-Person Visits Last Year

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Kaiser Permanente is seeing more patients online than in person, according to its CEO. The California-based health network, one of the nation’s largest integrated health systems, saw some 110 million people last year, with some 59 million...

A Telehealth Primer: Start Small, Make Adjustments, Scale Up

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Some of the best telehealth projects start small, prove their value, then scale up to make an even bigger impact on the community. Such is the case with Brookwood Baptist Health, a five-hospital system in central Alabama that launched a virtual...

In the Northeast, Telehealth Gets Creative - With Good Results

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From a Maine clinic providing healthcare-by-boat to remote islanders to a health system in New York’s Finger Lakes region worried about travel costs and safety, telehealth comes in many ways, shapes and forms in the Northeast. In fact,...

Momentum Grows for Telehealth Licensing Compacts

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With more and more telehealth networks operating across state lines, several professional groups are calling for an easier way for clinicians to obtain permission to practice in multiple states. “Many providers on the phone with a patient...

Strong Patient Demand for Telehealth Motivated by Convenience

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The convenience factor is a major driver for patients investigating the use of telehealth to consult with their providers, according to a survey by the American Telemedicine Association and WEGO Health.  The poll of 429 patients, conducted...

ATA to Providers: Use Telehealth to Compete Against Retail Clinics

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Telehealth can be a powerful tool in reducing costs and improving outcomes. For traditional health systems, it also might be the perfect antidote to that new urgent care clinic down the street. With the advent of so-called direct-to-consumer...

ATA: Payment Reform Tops the List of Telemedicine Trends

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New payment models are the top priority in telemedicine these days – and they’ll be the linchpin in the healthcare industry’s move to value-based care. That’s the viewpoint of the American Telemedicine Association, which...

New Report Charts Slow Progress for Telehealth Reimbursement

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Telehealth is slowly becoming an accepted means of delivering healthcare, according to the latest state-by-state analysis of the Center for Connected Health Policy. An update of the CCHP’s fourth annual report, issued in March, finds that...

AMA: Physicians Are ‘Enthusiastic’ About mHealth

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Physicians are “enthusiastic” for the adoption of digital health tools and platforms, according to a new study by the American Medical Association. But for most technologies, that enthusiasm hasn’t yet translated into actual...

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