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How Telemedicine Saved One VA Hospital $64K A Year

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A rural New England VA hospital is saving roughly $64,000 a year in travel costs through telemedicine, according to a recent study. That figure makes up less than 4 percent of the total travel budget of the VA Hospital in White River Junction,...

Telemedicine Still Isn’t Winning Hearts and Minds

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More than half of the respondents in a new survey say they wouldn’t use telemedicine, either because they don’t trust the technology or they prefer an in-person visit. Yet more than 90 percent of those who have used telemedicine say...

Telehealth Gains Favor in Florida

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Count Florida among the states embracing telemedicine, though the move toward reimbursement parity may take a few years. The Sunshine State’s House and Senate recently passed legislation – almost unanimously in both chambers –...

Has Telemedicine Proven its Value?

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Does telemedicine increase healthcare costs rather than reducing them? A recent meeting of the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee raised that question, during a discussion of why more doctors aren’t using the technology. One theory is...

Interstate Licensing Problematic for Telemedicine Market

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The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact may be a way for private organizations to use telemedicine as a financial gain rather than a method for providing quality patient care, according to a press release by the Association of American Physicians...

A Successful Lesson Plan for School-Based Telehealth

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A Texas-based health system is seeking strong success in a small school-based telehealth program by following one simple rule: “Don’t have a hammer and go searching for a nail.” In other words, says S. Luke Webster, MD, vice...

Do Retail Clinics Actually Increase Healthcare Costs?

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A new study questions whether retail clinics are driving up healthcare costs – and perhaps even creating a nation of wimps. The study, by the RAND Corporation, found that consumers with low-severity illnesses who had access to a retail...

mHealth Shows its Maturity at HIMSS16

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The 2016 HIMSS Conference and Exhibition may well be remembered for what didn’t happen than what did happen. After a week’s worth of keynotes, education sessions, crowded exhibit halls, cocktail parties and Elvis impersonators, it...

Texas Board’s Ruling is a Victory for Telehealth

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Telehealth’s value to mental health counseling scored an important victory last week when a Texas regulatory board shot down new restrictions to distance counseling. In a case closely watched in dozens of states and at the national level,...

HIMSS Survey: Providers Are Ready to Embrace Connected Health

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More than half of the hospitals recently surveyed by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) are using at least three different kinds of connected health technology, and roughly half say they expect to do more with mHealth...

HIMSS Set to Shine the Spotlight on Telehealth

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When WebMD CEO David Schlanger mentioned this month that the online media and information company was looking at the telehealth space, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise. The company has hinted at such a move for a few years. But a lot...

Army Telemedicine Pilot Targets a Familiar Pain Point: The ER

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The U.S. Army is testing a telemedicine platform that connects non-urgent ER visitors in a Kentucky hospital with doctors at another hospital some 445 miles away. The project, launched on Feb. 2, aims to reduce wait times at Blanchfield Army...

Making the Most Out of Telehealth

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mHealth programs are like chocolates or presidential candidates – no two are alike, and some might look great on the outside but fall short of expectations. That’s why a healthcare provider looking to make that jump needs to look...

Saving Lives With Telestroke Care

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Telemedicine might still be struggling to gain acceptance in healthcare circles, but one particular platform is proving its value. Five years ago, someone suffering a stroke in the tiny Mississippi community of Kosciusko would face an uphill...

Mercy Virtual Aims for a National Telemedicine Network

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Mercy Health’s new virtual healthcare program has announced its first big partnership, the first cog in what might someday be a nationwide (or even global) telemedicine network. The deal, announced earlier this month, will have Mercy Virtual...

Texas Slammed for Proposed Telemental Health Restrictions

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Texas health officials are coming under fire for yet another telemedicine proposal. In a Feb. 10 letter to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, the American Telemedicine Association criticizes proposed regulations that...

Telemedicine-based Prescriptions Gain Favor in Indiana

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Indiana lawmakers are moving forward with legislation that would allow healthcare providers to prescribe via telemedicine. House Bill 1263, submitted on Jan. 11, passed last week by a healthy 74-24 vote, and now faces Senate scrutiny. If enacted,...

Study: Telemedicine Works Fine in Diagnosing Sick Children

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A new study has found that telemedicine can be used to assess the severity of a child’s illness as well as an in-person examination. Supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics and published in the Feb. 5 issue of Pediatrics, the Yale...

DoD Expands Telemedicine Access for Military, Families

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The Military Health System is adding telemedicine to its arsenal of healthcare services for the nation’s military members and their families. In a memorandum issued earlier this month, Jonathan Woodson, MD, the Assistant Secretary of Defense...

Telehealth Tussle in Mississippi Takes a New Turn

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A dispute between the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure and Teladoc is heating up, thanks to proposed legislation that would negate the board’s year-long effort to place restrictions on certain telehealth consults. The state board...

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