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Telemedicine on Tap: ATA Readies for Telehealth 2.0

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With HIMSS17 in the rear-view mirror, healthcare providers are now setting their sights on the American Telemedicine Association’s Telehealth 2.0 conference next month. But don’t expect the same old news on pilot projects and real-world...

Upstate New Yorkers Beginning to Favor Telemedicine Services

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A survey commissioned by Blue Cross Blue Shield found that around five out of ten adults are aware of telemedicine services, with 80 percent rating their telemedicine usage as “very good” or “excellent.” The results of...

DTC Telehealth Prompts Use of Medical Services, Not Savings

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A new study from RAND found that 12 percent of telehealth use replaced office and emergency room visits while 88 percent represented new use of medical services. The team of RAND policy researchers examined claims information from 300,000 beneficiaries...

Telehealth: A Vital Tool in the Home Healthcare Space

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A North Carolina-based health system is one of several using telehealth to improve its home healthcare services – a critical move in light of expected cuts in home health reimbursements from Medicare. FirstHealth of the Carolinas, a five-hospital...

Texas Ready to Take on New Telemedicine Rules

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Texas lawmakers are ready to review a bill that would define telehealth and telemedicine and enable clinicians in the state to use the platform to establish a physician-patient relationship. Submitted this week by State Sen. Perry Schwertner,...

Can Clinical, Commercial Uses Coincide on a Telehealth Platform?

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A new partnership aims to combine clinical and retail dermatology services on one digital health platform, giving solo and small-practice doctors a new model for sustainability. SkyMD, a telehealth vendor designed to help dermatologists establish...

Telemedicine Gives Rural Children a Lifeline to Specialist Care

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In America’s heartland, large cities and health systems are few and far between. So if a child needs a healthcare specialist, telemedicine may be a literal life-saver. At Children’s Mercy Kansas City, 26 of the hospital’s 47...

NATO Ready to Deploy Telemedicine Platform

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NATO has finished testing a multinational telemedicine platform for emergency scenes or combat zones and is ready to deploy the suitcase-sized kits where needed around the world. The 28-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization made the announcement...

Telehealth Licensing Compact Closer to Reality for Nurses

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A national effort to enable nurses to practice telehealth across state lines may go into effect before the end of the year. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing reports that 10 states have approved legislation adopting the enhanced...

Telemedicine Backpack Gives Providers a New Mobile Health Tool

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EMS providers in the rugged mountains of western North Carolina will soon be using a telemedicine backpack to help hard-to-reach residents with health issues. And the EMS director says it won’t take long for that backpack to pay for itself....

Continua: Telehealth Platform Saved Lives After Japan Earthquake

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A four-year study of survivors of the 2011 Japan earthquake has found that a remote monitoring platform conforming to Continua standards can reduce cardiac stress and improve long-term patient monitoring. The study, published last year in the...

American Well, Samsung announce telehealth-mHealth partnership

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Today’s mHealth-telehealth partnership between Samsung and American Well is yet another step in the ongoing courtship of consumer and clinical. As it did with last year’s partnership with Tyto Care, American Well – one of the...

Telemedicine-Friendly FAST Act Heads Back to Congress

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Congress is set to revisit a bill that would expand Medicare reimbursement nationwide for telestroke services. The Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act, originally introduced in 2015, would alter the Social Security Act to allow...

mHealth’s Goal: A Frictionless Patient (and Provider) Experience

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mHealth-optimized patient portals are most often seen as an easy way for healthcare providers to get in front of mobile patients - returning and new. But a health system that knows how to use its digital front door can see other benefits as well....

Health Systems Use mHealth Education to Cut Readmissions, Boost Compliance

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A West Virginia health system is using smart TVs and apps to better educate people with congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease about their health. As a result, they’re seeing those patients less often in the...

mHealth Makes Rounding an Active Tool in Value-Based Care

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An mHealth rounding platform is helping University of Chicago Medicine to add “the voice of the patient” to its care plan – and promoting value-based care. Nurses at the 560-bed hospital have been using iPads since 2014 to capture...

Utah Senator Chooses Telemedicine’s Value Over Politics

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Utah senators are trying to de-politicize a telemedicine bill by removing language that would have banned so-called abortions-by-telemedicine. The Senate Standing Committee on Health and Human Services voted 6-2 this week to approve an amended...

Congress to Revisit School-Based Telehealth Legislation

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Two Michigan senators have re-introduced a bill that aims to boost telehealth services in schools by connecting them with community health centers and providing more avenues for reimbursement. The Hallways to Health Act, co-sponsored by Sens....

Washington May Let Consumers Choose Their Telemedicine Site

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Washington lawmakers are considering a pair of bills that would, among other things, give the consumer the freedom to choose where to access telemedicine services. In 2015, the state established healthcare locations – hospitals, medical...

ATA Sees Telemedicine Momentum in New Report Cards

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The latest report cards from the American Telemedicine Association show an upswing in support for telemedicine across the country, with a few bumps in the road. The ATA’s reports – one focused on coverage and reimbursement and the...

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