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Texas, Utah Move Forward With New Telemedicine Rules

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The battle in Texas to ease one of the country’s most restrictive telemedicine laws may be ending, with a compromise bill reported to be heading to the Legislature. State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, told the Houston Chronicle...

Demand for Virtual Health is High, but Do Providers Deliver?

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Despite strong consumer demand for virtual health services, only one in five patients participating in a new Accenture survey have been able to access remote care tools.  Virtual health tools provide greater convenience for patients...

Could an mHealth Program Help Cut Billions in Chronic Care Costs?

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A digital health program launched by Humana has proven successful in getting overweight seniors to lose weight – and could help Medicare shed billions of dollars in chronic care management costs. The Louisville, Ky.-based insurer’s...

Royal Philips CEO: mHealth, Telehealth Can Prevent Medical Errors

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The head of Royal Philips is doubling down on the belief that mHealth and telehealth can save lives by preventing clinical errors. Frans van Houten, CEO and chairman of the Dutch technology giant, says digital health tools can erase data silos...

Flu Season Turns the Spotlight on mHealth, Telehealth Advances

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Just in time for flu season, researchers at the University of Texas in Arlington are reportedly developing an mHealth device that would specifically test for the flu virus. The device is similar to a breathalyzer, reports Perena Gouma, a professor...

UVA Telemedicine Project Offers Mobile Screening for Bladder Cancer

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The University of Virginia has launched a first-of-its-kind study into the use of telemedicine to detect bladder cancer in underserved parts of the state. A mobile health van in Wise, Va., is using a telemedicine hookup with the UVA in Charlottesville...

Arkansas Moves to OK Telehealth at Home

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Arkansas lawmakers are moving toward new telehealth regulations that would resolve an “originating site” issue that caused problems last year. But they may be wading into new problems with school-based programs. The state Senate’s...

Trinity Health Invests in Telehealth for Home Care

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Trinity Health is adding an mHealth platform to its home healthcare ministry, which serves thousands of people across the country in an effort to keep them in their homes and out of the hospital. The 22-state, Michigan-based health system has...

New Jersey Boosts Telehealth Access for Veterans

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New Jersey’s Virtua Health is getting almost $300,000 to enhance its telehealth platform for veterans. The health system, consisting of four hospitals, dozens of clinics and care facilities, a fleet of mobile intensive care units and a...

Utah Moves to Restrict Abortions by Telemedicine

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Utah lawmakers are mulling new telehealth regulations that would, among other things, prevent clinicians from dispensing abortion-causing medications through a virtual visit. HB 154, an amendment to various state rules that cover telehealth services,...

Study Proves Telemedicine’s Value in Coma Assessment and Care

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Mayo Clinic Researchers are adding to the literature supporting telemedicine in the ICU with a study that indicates digital health can be used to monitor comatose patients as well as having someone at the bedside. A study conducted by researchers...

Indiana Lawmakers Wade Into the ‘Ocular Telehealth’ Battle

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Some Indiana lawmakers want to amend the state’s telemedicine law to allow online eye tests and the prescription of contact lenses and glasses. The proposal may face a stiff battle. State lawmakers passed telemedicine rules last year that...

ATA Seeks Input on New Telemedicine Practice Guidelines

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The American Telemedicine Association is making three news sets on telemedicine practice guidelines available for public review, giving healthcare providers another resource as they move to launch new telehealth services. The ATA is collecting...

Northwell Health Takes Telehealth to the Next Level

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A recent Harris Poll found that one of every five consumers would switch healthcare providers if their doctor didn’t use telehealth. Northwell Health is making sure that won’t happen. The New York-based health system, comprising some...

Telemedicine Study Cites Tele-ICU’s Positive Impact on Patients

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A year-long study of telemedicine programs at 17 hospital ICUs around the country has found that the tele-ICU concept has a direct impact on patient health. Presenting at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 46th Critical Care Congress...

Idaho to End Telehealth Restrictions for Abortions

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Telehealth advocates are cheering the end of a legal battle in Idaho over whether healthcare providers could use virtual visits to treat women seeking an abortion. Planned Parenthood has announced the settlement of a lawsuit filed against the...

Banner Health’s Telehealth Program Cuts Hospitalizations and Costs

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A telehealth platform serving some of Banner Health’s most complex patients has helped cut costs, reduced rehospitalizations and the length of hospital stays, and even slashed in half the number of patients requiring hospitalization. The...

20% of Consumers Make Telehealth Prime Provider Criteria

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One in five consumers would be willing to switch clinicians if a different primary care provider offered telehealth services, found a new survey by American Well. The survey also found that consumers in younger demographics, and consumers with...

How One School District Aces the Telehealth Test

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For proof that Tennessee’s Sevier County School System is making the most out of its eight-year-old telehealth program, Don Best looks at student report cards. Best, coordinator of school health for one of Tennessee’s largest and...

Telehealth in New Jersey Hindered By a Lack of Awareness

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Healthcare providers looking to launch a telehealth platform should be reminded to first make sure their potential patients know what it is and what it can do. That’s the dilemma facing New Jersey lawmakers, who are grappling with new legislation...

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