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Telehealth Rallies Behind the CONNECT Act

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A bipartisan bill introduced to Congress this week might have an impressive list of supporters and some pretty heady projections on cost savings, but can it succeed where so many promising bills before it have failed? Long-anticipated and heavily...

Mississippi Scales Up Its Telehealth Network

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The success of Mississippi’s telehealth-based diabetes program is prompting its parent health system to expand to other states – and other chronic disease groups. The Diabetes Telehealth Network, a statewide remote care management...

Telemedicine Used By Both Sides in Abortion Debate

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Telemedicine is wading into the hotly contested abortion debate once again. Kentucky lawmakers this week approved legislation that would enable doctors to counsel women via real-time video link to fulfill the commonwealth’s “informed...

Report: Telehealth Will Be a Billion-Dollar Industry By 2018

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Investment in on-demand healthcare – whether it’s online, on a smartphone or in a retail clinic – is expected to quadruple in the next few years. A report issued today by Accenture finds that five factors are driving adoption...

Telemedicine Report Cards Offer Good, Bad News for States

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More states are covering and reimbursing for telemedicine than ever before. Unfortunately, they’re also imposing stricter standards that frustrate efforts to expand the ecosystem. That’s the gist of the American Telemedicine Association’s...

Telemedicine Gives Newborns a Welcome to the World

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A west Texas hospital has set up a telemedicine link to connect its smallest patients with immediate specialist care. Shannon Medical Center, a 400-bed hospital based in San Angelo, which boasts a population of slightly less than 100,000, is...

On Telehealth License Portability, Each State Follows its Own Path

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Not content to wait for a regional or national solution, at least three states are mulling legislation that would allow healthcare providers to practice telehealth across state lines. Florida’s long-awaited telehealth legislation, HB 7087,...

USC Launches its Own Virtual Care Clinic

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The nation’s digital health hub may very well be Los Angeles. The University of Southern California’s Center for Body Computing, for many years the home of an innovative conference focused on wearables, has launched its own Virtual...

Telemedicine Survey Shows Strong Support From ICU Nurses

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A survey of some 1,200 nurses around the country who work in tele-ICU or eICU environments finds strong support for the remote clinical care platform. The largest barrier to tele-ICU expansion? Negative attitudes within healthcare. According...

Doctors Struggle to Find Value in Telehealth

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To Dr. Peter Weigel, the telephone may be the most important mHealth tool he uses. Too bad he’s not getting reimbursed for it. “All doctors use telehealth in some form with their patients just by getting on the phone and talking to...

Docs Prefer ‘The Human Touch’ to Telemedicine When Delivering Bad News

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It seems that most physicians aren’t keen on using telemedicine to deliver bad news to a patient. In fact, of 309 physicians recently surveyed by Aptus Health, almost 88 percent voted against delivering a bad biopsy result to a patient...

Survey Cites Family Doctors’ Resistance to Telehealth

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A 2014 survey of family physicians finds that while a vast majority see the benefits of telehealth, only 15 percent are actually using it. The survey of almost 1,560 physicians, conducted by the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family...

Telehealth Takes the Lead in Addiction Treatment

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With payers looking for new ways to prove the value of addiction treatment, a national network behavioral healthcare providers is ramping up its telehealth efforts. Austin. Texas-based MAP Health Management is adding 1,200 counselors to its national...

Do Robots Have Value in Clinical Settings?

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Telemedicine robots are being deployed in two hospitals in the United Arab Emirates in a nationwide effort to link emergency care centers to needed specialists. The robots, designed by Santa Barbara, Calif.-based InTouch Health, will be stationed...

HealthSpot Files for Bankruptcy Liquidation

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Kiosk maker HealthSpot has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation, with officials saying the Ohio company doesn’t have the cash to continue. Launched four years ago as an mHealth solution for everything from retail locations to health...

Telemedicine a Key Component of Next-Generation ACOs

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A new Accountable Care Organization model that stresses telehealth is getting high marks from the American Telemedicine Association. The Next Generation ACO Model, unveiled on January 11 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, targets...

New Telehealth Services Cater to Mobile Employees

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A Pennsylvania college's Social Enterprise Institute has launched a network of health and wellness centers for truckers. Graduate students of Elizabethtown College and the SEI, also based at the college, are converting nine mobile chapels...

ATA Lobbies Medicare for More Telehealth Reimbursement

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The American Telemedicine Association is lobbying Medicare to reimburse physicians for a number of services conducted via telemedicine. In a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the ATA is asking that 35 of the American...

Pharmacies Look to Telehealth Partnerships to Keep Clinics Running

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An announcement out of Chicago today might signal a new trend in retail healthcare. Advocate Health Care, one of the Midwest’s largest health systems, has announced that it will take over 56 retail clinics in Walgreens locations in and...

Making Telehealth a Priority: Congress Mulls Changes to Medicare

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The Senate Finance Committee is mulling a number of policy changes that would make telehealth a key component of chronic care management for Medicare beneficiaries. The changes are contained in a policy document created last month by the Bipartisan...

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