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Taking Telehealth to Rural America

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In a remote part of Georgia where healthcare is only found in the local ambulance service or community center, a new telehealth project is looking to take hold. The Hancock County Healthcare Access Initiative aims to equip staff at the Community...

Avera Tabbed to Provide Telehealth to Indian Health Services Network

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Avera Health has signed a contract to provide telehealth services to several rural Midwest health systems plagued by access issues and reports of substandard care. The one-year, $6.8 million contract will enable the South Dakota-based health...

Telehealth Providers Make a Play for Online Psychiatry Services

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Telehealth providers are targeting the nation’s growing mental health crisis with online platforms that allow providers to speak with patients in their own homes, where they’re more comfortable and likely to be more at ease speaking...

USDA Announces Funding for 7 New Telemedicine Projects

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Seven more telemedicine programs are receiving grant funding from the US Department of Agriculture, continuing a federal effort to bring much-needed healthcare services to rural regions beset by access issues and struggling with opioid abuse....

Using mHealth to Connect With Students in Crisis

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In 2008, Colorado State University saw eight suicides over two semesters. Now the school is looking to mHealth to keep that from happening again. The Fort Collins-based university, with an enrollment of about 33,000, has launched an online portal...

Delaware Board Tries to Limit Telehealth Use for Nutritionists

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Another state agency is trying to prevent healthcare providers from using telehealth to meet new patients. The Delaware Board of Dietetics/Nutrition is proposing an amendment to the state’s year-old telehealth law that would limit first-time...

Patient Engagement May Open the Door for Telehealth in Chronic Care Management

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A six-month study on children with asthma is adding to the growing list of research that telehealth platforms can improve the lives of patients with chronic conditions. The study, conducted by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology...

Telemedicine May Enhance Screenings for Diabetes Vision Issues

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Telemedicine could become an important tool for screening patients for diabetes-related blindness, according to a University of Michigan study. Diabetic retinopathy is the main cause of new-onset blindness in the US. However, only 65 percent...

Has Missouri Found a New Way to Boost Telehealth in Schools?

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Missouri schools struggling to pay for special needs programs and teachers may get relief from an unexpected source: The state’s new telehealth law. The legislation, approved in June and taking effect this month, lays out the groundwork...

7 Tips for Including Patient Safety in Telemedicine Programs

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Health systems have been slow to adopt telemedicine due to concerns over patient safety. But executives at Partners Healthcare’s Center for Connected Health say the technology has done more good than harm and should be embraced more readily....

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...

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