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Is Telehealth Redefining the ‘Doctor-Patient Relationship’?

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Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering telehealth legislation that would clearly define what technology a physician can use – and clamp down on vendors offering such services. Senate Bill 1342, sponsored by State Sen Elder Vogel, focuses...

Arkansas Still Struggling with Telehealth Regulations

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Arkansas is moving toward legislation that would enable healthcare providers to treat first-time patients via telehealth – though those patients would still have to be sitting in a healthcare facility to take advantage of the service. The...

Telehealth Growth, Savings Tied to Parity Laws

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Telehealth will only succeed if providers are reimbursed at the same rate as in-person care. That’s the conclusion drawn from a health policy brief developed by Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It argues that the nation’s...

HRSA Grants Target Telehealth for Veterans, Schools, Chronic Care

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Healthcare providers in Alaska, Missouri and South Carolina are getting federal grants of almost $1 million apiece to push telehealth resources out to veterans living in rural areas. The grants are part of an ambitious effort by the Health Resources...

Digital Health Done Right at a ‘Most Wired’ Health System

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One of the nation’s most wired health systems is actually trying to get rid of wires. The Christiana Care Health System, a Delaware-based network of two hospitals and a broad range of outpatient services and primary care offices, is moving...

Abortion Study Touts Telemedicine as a Care Management Tool

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A new study is reviving the ongoing debate of offering abortions by telemedicine, positioning the platform as a means of improving patient-centered care. As reported in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, a study conducted by researchers...

Big Business is Bullish on Telehealth

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Almost every big business in the United States will make telehealth available to its employees within four years, according to a national survey. Whether those employees take advantage of that service is another matter. The much-anticipated Large...

L.A. Schools to Test a New Telehealth Model

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The nation’s second largest school district is launching an innovative telehealth program this fall, and it won’t cost the district a penny. In what could be a model for other cash-strapped school systems, the Los Angeles Unified...

‘Revolutionary Change’ Needed to Make Telehealth a Reality in South Korea

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South Korea is set to embark on its third telemedicine pilot, and is trumpeting new projects in Africa and South America. Yet one of the planet’s most wired nations is still a long way off from a national program, due to strong distrust...

Telehealth Program Connects African Cancer Clinic with U.S. Specialists

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A telehealth program linking cancer specialists across the U.S. with an African hospital will soon expand to several other countries, pushing cancer diagnosis into regions where there might be one pathologist per 1 million people. The program,...

Tying Telehealth to Better Rural Health Outcomes

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Federal officials have unveiled an online database designed to link broadband availability and use with health outcomes. It’s the latest step in an effort to connect rural and underserved communities with the tools to promote healthier...

Kaiser Study Shows the Value of Telestroke Care

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One of the nation’s largest health networks is adding to the literature supporting the life-saving aspects of a telestroke program. California-based Kaiser Permanente has released the results of a study, involving more than 2,500 patients...

Is the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Good or Bad for Telehealth?

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Federal officials are stepping in to help the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact - even as critics call the effort “crony doctoring.” The cross-state licensure compact was launched in 2013 by the Federation of State Medical Boards,...

ADHD Study Ties mHealth Use to Clinical Improvements

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Community pediatric practices who use mHealth technology to treat children with ADHD are seeing clinical improvements, according to a new study. The study, detailed in the online journal Pediatrics, finds that doctors can use online tools to...

Telehealth in the Spotlight as HHS Expands Bundled Payment Models

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The proposed expansion of a bundled payment program may be a sign that federal officials are placing more confidence in telehealth as a standard of care. Health and Human Services Secrtary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced that a bundled payment...

NewYork-Presbyterian Expands its Telehealth Platform to Providers, Patients

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NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is debuting four new telehealth services, designed to serve both consumers and providers. The NYP OnDemand platform now includes a Digital Second Opinion service, Inter-Hospital Digital Consults and a Digital Emergency...

Medicare’s CCM Telehealth Program Gets a Bit of Good News

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Medicare’s Chronic Care Management (CCM) telehealth program is a hit with patients, according to the first reported patient satisfaction survey conducted since the program was put in place at the beginning of 2015. A survey of more than...

Telehealth Terminology: ‘Store-and-Forward’ Has its Fans - And Critics

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The ongoing battle in Arkansas over new telemedicine guidelines is shining a spotlight on “store and forward” technology. Long considered the alternative to real-time (or live interactive) telemedicine, store and forward (or asynchronous)...

mHealth’s Promise: Mobility With Meaning

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In California, a Silicon Valley startup is launching a mobile robot designed to keep seniors connected with their care providers – and in the future offer mHealth services like medication management. In Virginia, a medical instrument company...

Telemedicine to Help Rural Docs Tackle Opioid Abuse

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Federal officials are investing in telemedicine to fight the nation’s growing opioid abuse epidemic in three states. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is launching a three-year, $9 million effort to train rural healthcare...

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