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Hospital Uses Telestroke Program’s Success to Branch Out to Other Specialties

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A Mississippi hospital at the center of s successful telestroke network is expanding its telehealth platform to deliver behavioral health services. St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson launched its telestroke program in 2012, and now sits at the center...

American Well CEO: Telehealth Must Integrate With the Home and the Hospital

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Up until now, consumer-facing telehealth platforms have primarily focused on a conversation between doctor and patient. But if telehealth is going to match the value of an in-person exam, it’s going to have to incorporate new data streams....

mHealth’s Year in Review: From Texting to Wearables to Telehealth’s Tricks (And Treats)

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Text messaging for physicians, telehealth’s tricky definitions and wearables topped the list of popular stories on mHealthIntelligence.com during the past year – and may offer readers a clue of what to expect in 2017. By far the most...

Study: Telehealth Can Add to Providers’ Workflows if Not Properly Planned

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A new study suggests that telehealth may add to the burden on local healthcare providers if not properly planned. As reported in Health Affairs, the study found that a telehealth program can increase the workload for specialists and healthcare...

CMS Urged to Reimburse Telehealth for Stroke, Cardiac Care

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The American Heart Association is calling on Medicare to support telehealth, saying the technology is “tragically underutilized” to treat stroke patients and those with heart disease and could save the country billions of dollars...

21st Century Cures Act to Boost Medicare Telehealth Use

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The 21st Century Cures Act, enacted earlier this week, may have been a win for drug approval process reform and additional scientific research funding advocates. But the legislation may also help to increase Medicare telehealth use, stated URAC...

Survey: Telemedicine Tops the List of Medical Board Priorities

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Telemedicine dominated the list of state medical board concerns going into 2017, according to a survey conducted by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). The Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, representing some 70 boards and organizations...

Defense Bill Expands Telehealth Services in TRICARE

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A Defense bill that includes expanded telehealth access for active duty military personnel and veterans has been approved by Congress – minus controversial language that would have basically federalized telehealth doctors. The National...

Telemedicine Study Makes a Financial Case for eICUs

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Telemedicine access in a hospital’s ICU can improve case volume, save millions of dollars and pay for its own capital costs within three months, according to a new study. Conducted by Craig M. Lilly, MD, director of the eICU program at...

States Move to Exclude Marijuana Consults from Telemedicine Laws

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Telemedicine may be good for any number of healthcare issues, but Florida lawmakers don’t want the platform used for prescribing medical marijuana. Taking a page from Colorado’s regulations, Florida’s Board of Medicine has proposed...

Text Messaging Program Offers an mHealth Nudge to Busy Parents

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A text messaging program is boosting engagement for a Minnesota health system’s youngest patients simply by reminding their parents to schedule well-child visits. More than 70 percent of the parents contacted by the Park Nicollet Health...

Telehealth Can Work for Veterans Dealing With Depression

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Veterans dealing with depression can be treated just as well with telehealth as with in-person care, according to a recent study. Studying more than 200 senior-aged veterans for one year between 2007 and 2011, researchers from the Medical University...

Can Telehealth Make Physical Therapy More Effective?

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Duke University’s Clinical Research Institute has launched a new study to determine whether telehealth-based physical therapy works better than traditional therapy. Called VERITAS (Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation In-home Therapy: A Research...

Digital Health Tools Help Patients, Doctors Plan for End-of-Life Care

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Healthcare providers are using mHealth to help patients and their families prepare for the end of their healthcare journey. Through a secure online platform, providers can meet with patients, family members and caregivers in any location to map...

Canadian mHealth Project Uses iPads for School Hearing Tests

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Elementary schools in three Canadian cities will soon conduct hearing tests with an iPad, thanks to an mHealth program launched by the University of Ottawa Medical School. It’s the first step in what the medical school students hope will...

New York Eases Telehealth Rules for Mental Health Providers

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New York officials are easing telehealth regulations to enable mental health providers to treat some of their patients online. Some 250 providers in New York will now be able to use telepsychiatry in comprehensive psychiatric emergency programs,...

Study: Telemedicine Helps Small Hospitals Reduce NICU Transports

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In yet another example of how telemedicine helps small hospitals hold onto their patients, a Mayo Clinic study found that online access to specialists helped one of every three complicated births avoid a transfer to a larger hospital with an...

Nemours Launches First School Telehealth Partnership

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The Nemours Children’s Health System has launched its first school telehealth program, and officials expect many more partnerships to follow. The national healthcare network, with hospitals and clinics in Florida, Delaware, Pennsylvania...

For Telehealth and mHealth, Value-Based Care Takes Time to Work Out

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Healthcare providers are gradually coming to realize that telehealth can be a key component in the transition to value-based care. But not everyone’s definition of value will be the same. With roughly six out of 10 U.S. health systems now...

Rural Schools turn to mHealth - and the NFL - for Concussion Management Help

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A two-year telemedicine project to link student-athletes in 19 rural school districts with Houston Methodist Hospital’s Concussion Center could be a model for a statewide program – and a model for other states as well. The program,...

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