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A Telehealth Primer: Start Small, Make Adjustments, Scale Up

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Some of the best telehealth projects start small, prove their value, then scale up to make an even bigger impact on the community. Such is the case with Brookwood Baptist Health, a five-hospital system in central Alabama that launched a virtual...

In the Northeast, Telehealth Gets Creative - With Good Results

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From a Maine clinic providing healthcare-by-boat to remote islanders to a health system in New York’s Finger Lakes region worried about travel costs and safety, telehealth comes in many ways, shapes and forms in the Northeast. In fact,...

Momentum Grows for Telehealth Licensing Compacts

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With more and more telehealth networks operating across state lines, several professional groups are calling for an easier way for clinicians to obtain permission to practice in multiple states. “Many providers on the phone with a patient...

Strong Patient Demand for Telehealth Motivated by Convenience

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The convenience factor is a major driver for patients investigating the use of telehealth to consult with their providers, according to a survey by the American Telemedicine Association and WEGO Health.  The poll of 429 patients, conducted...

ATA to Providers: Use Telehealth to Compete Against Retail Clinics

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Telehealth can be a powerful tool in reducing costs and improving outcomes. For traditional health systems, it also might be the perfect antidote to that new urgent care clinic down the street. With the advent of so-called direct-to-consumer...

ATA: Payment Reform Tops the List of Telemedicine Trends

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New payment models are the top priority in telemedicine these days – and they’ll be the linchpin in the healthcare industry’s move to value-based care. That’s the viewpoint of the American Telemedicine Association, which...

New Report Charts Slow Progress for Telehealth Reimbursement

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Telehealth is slowly becoming an accepted means of delivering healthcare, according to the latest state-by-state analysis of the Center for Connected Health Policy. An update of the CCHP’s fourth annual report, issued in March, finds that...

AMA: Physicians Are ‘Enthusiastic’ About mHealth

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Physicians are “enthusiastic” for the adoption of digital health tools and platforms, according to a new study by the American Medical Association. But for most technologies, that enthusiasm hasn’t yet translated into actual...

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...

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