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CMS to Reimburse for Specialty Care Consults in Connecticut

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Connecticut health centers are now being reimbursed for telemedicine consults with specialists, helping residents who would sometimes have to wait a year for an appointment. The announcement by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...

Study: Video Therapy Can Help Cancer Patients

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Video therapy may help the estimated half of all cancer patients who suffer some form of memory loss after chemotherapy. It’s the latest in a growing number of reports that tout the value of video visits in reaching rural and underserved...

mHealth Helps Out in the ER

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A newcomer to the telemedicine market is pledging to use Watson to screen incoming patients to a hospital’s Emergency Department. TeleMedCo, based in Florida, joins the ranks of digital health companies looking to automate the registration...

Project ECHO Poised to Become a National Telehealth Model

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A ground-breaking telehealth project launched in 2011 to push hub-and-spoke videoconferencing platforms out to rural providers may become a national initiative. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have introduced the Expanding...

In-State Telehealth Restrictions May Soon Be Eliminated

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The last two states to severely hinder out-of-state telemedicine companies from operating within their borders may soon be changing their ways. While legislation eliminating certain telemedicine barriers breezed through Alaska’s House and...

New Report Paints a Frustrating Picture for Telehealth Advancement

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An analysis of state telehealth and Medicaid reimbursement policies finds a wide range of connected health practices across the country – so varied, in fact, that states can’t even agree on a definition for telehealth. The fourth...

Online Training, Cetification Offered for Virtual Care Doctors

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Healthcare providers generally agree that a virtual visit requires a different skillset than an in-person visit. Now a California-based telehealth provider is offering free training and certification for clinicians eager to get into the field....

Telemedicine Chemotherapy Program Sees Success Down Under

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What better location to prove the value of telemedicine than the Australian Outback? Videoconferencing platforms have proven their value in the U.S. for diverse healthcare services like abortions, ER consults and behavioral health. Now a hospital...

Is Telemedicine As Reliable As The In-Person Visit?

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A targeted test of eight popular direct-to-consumer telehealth platforms has found that roughly one in four visits produces an incorrect or incomplete diagnosis – and doctors performing these virtual visits followed standard protocols little...

Telehealth Cuts Treatment Costs, Improves Outcomes for Autistic Children and Their Families

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A new study out of the University of Iowa finds that parents of children on the autism spectrum can greatly reduce their treatment costs by using telehealth. The platform could also improve a family’s ability to communicate with an autistic...

Can Telehealth Fill Health Insurer’s Provider Network Gaps?

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Telehealth services may not be a cure-all for health insurance provider network growth, but it does hold many benefits to expand patient access to healthcare, recent research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says. In a report published...

Telehealth Helps Houston FD Improve 911 Efficiency

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The Houston Fire Department is using a telemedicine platform to screen 911 calls before they become unnecessary ER visits. Called Project Ethan (Emergency TeleHealth And Navigation), the platform links the city’s fire and rescue first-responders...

AHA Gives Telehealth Its Own Web Page

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The American Hospital Association has launched an online resource on local, state and national telehealth programs. From emergency department care to remote patient monitoring for chronic care management and access to care from specialists, telehealth...

Nurses’ Group Lobbies for Telemedicine Licensure

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A licensing compact that would allow nurses to practice telemedicine across state lines has now been adopted by six states. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, a Chicago-based non-profit consisting of 59 nursing boards, is hoping...

Abortion-by-Telemedicine Pilot Launches in 4 States

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A first-of-its-kind telemedicine abortion pilot has begun in four states, giving women an opportunity to receive their medications by mail and speak with a doctor from their own home. The project, developed by New York-based Gynuity Health Services,...

Is Anyone Taking mHealth Seriously?

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Maybe consumers aren’t mad enough to want mHealth. That might explain, in part, why almost 40 percent of consumers in a recent HealthMine survey said they don’t know what telemedicine is – yet 93 percent of the respondents who...

mHealth Becomes a Valuable Tool in the Battle Against Suicide

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A Colorado-based healthcare provider that helps teenagers and young adults taking antidepressant drugs is turning to mHealth to help them avoid dangerous side-effects. Sundance Diagnostics uses a two-pronged approach, combining a precision medicine...

Survey: Telemedicine Helps the Patient More Than the Provider

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Health systems across the country are turning to telemedicine to improve patient outcomes, access and satisfaction – but they’re still having trouble profiting from it. That’s one of the key takeaways of the “2016 U.S....

Using mHealth to Create A ‘Panoramic View’ of Substance Abuse

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Healthcare providers often look at connected health technology as the key to enforcing behavior change, if they could just figure out how to use it. Nowhere is that more important than in addiction recovery, where behaviors can be life-threatening....

Telemedicine Takes the Lead in Child Abuse Detection

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Healthcare providers are turning to telemedicine to tackle one of their most difficult tasks: identifying a victim of child abuse or neglect. Many of these cases show up in hospital ERs, doctor’s offices or clinics where doctors and nurses...

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