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Telepsychiatry Opens a New Window into Behavioral Healthcare

Telepsychiatry is one of the fastest-growing platforms in the telemedicine space these days, due in large part to improvements in video-conferencing technology. Mental healthcare is described as the one medical field in which the doctor doesn’t have to lay hands on a patient, which means that psychiatrists, psychologists and behavioral and mental health counselors can get more out of...


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How to Design and Develop a Mobile Health Application

Healthcare providers looking to establish an mHealth strategy for patient or provider engagement likely see a mobile health application or two as a good place to start. Mobile health applications allow healthcare providers to connect with patients...

mHealth Games Offer a ‘Fun’ Way to Boost Patient Engagement

mHealth games and gaming technology have the potential to improve patient engagement and boost clinical outcomes – if only people would take them seriously. “The word ‘game’ has always been a serious barrier,” says...

The Evolving Role of mHealth in Medication Management and Adherence

mHealth offers many unique methods for helping patients take their medicine. And with a healthcare industry seeing non-adherence rates of as high as 50 percent and annual costs of between $100 billion and $300 billion, doctors are taking notice....

Examining the Rocky Road to Telehealth Parity

Telehealth advocates have long argued that online and digital healthcare should be treated the same as in-person healthcare. But the call for parity isn’t so simple. Parity in telehealth is approached on two levels: Service and payment....

The Benefits and Challenges of Telehealth for Specialists

Telehealth’s potential has always revolved around bringing the doctor to the patient, no matter where each are located. While the concept most often applies to acute or primary care providers, its success is often more visibly demonstrated...

Factors Behind the Adoption of School-based Telehealth

Telehealth is changing how schools deliver healthcare services for both students and staff. Gone are the days when the school nurse would sit in a tiny room near the principal’s office, administering Band-Aids and aspirin and babysitting...

Telehealth Reimbursement and Its Interstate Licensure Problem

Telehealth’s great promise lies in allowing a doctor to treat a patient no matter where each are located. One of the biggest challenges to that platform is licensing. A clinician must apply for a license in each state in which he or she...

Potential for Healthcare Kiosks in Improving Care Delivery

Kiosks are all the rage in retail and service industries, but can healthcare kiosks make a difference for providers and patients? The simple answer is yes, if done right. They give healthcare providers a chance to collect data and automate tasks...

How Nighttime Telehealth Services Can Improve Overnight Care

In hospitals across the country, the image of the solitary doctor making midnight rounds is changing, thanks to telemedicine. That doctor now sits in front of a tablet, laptop or desktop computer, perhaps at home or even in another country. And...

The Impact of BYOD on Healthcare Providers and Hospitals

While BYOD was thought to have begun around the same time that patients started bringing their smartphones into the hospital, its relevance is driven by doctors who have their own preference for devices. Back in the “good old days,”...

Is There a Difference between Telemedicine and Telehealth?

Today’s healthcare ecosystem is filled with references to and examples of telemedicine and telehealth – in some cases, the two terms are used interchangeably. Whether they mean the same thing is a topic of considerable debate. In...

Finding a Place for Real Time Location Systems in Healthcare

Roughly ten years ago, PeaceHealth installed a real time location system (RTLS) platform to help track nurses and equipment in the three-state Pacific Northwest health system. Since then, officials say, the health system has cut its “doctor...

Physician Perspectives on Benefits of mHealth Adoption, Use

Whereas the bigger networks and health systems may have the resources for mHealth adoption, those in a much smaller environment have to make do with less — or be more creative. To try to understand how independent and small practice doctors...

Benefits of Software-Defined Networking in Healthcare

HITInfrastructure Healthcare organizations are rapidly introducing more connected devices into their health IT infrastructures, which calls for increased network visibility and management. Entities currently deal with Wi-Fi connectivity supporting cloud applications,...

The Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursement

RevCycleIntelligence Medicare and Medicaid are government healthcare programs that help individuals acquire coverage, but similarities between the programs more or less end there. Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement structures vary significantly by program and state....

Overcoming Patient Barriers to Chronic Disease Management

PatientEngagementHIT Improving adherence to chronic disease management and treatment plans is a critical facet of improving outcomes and keeping costs low. In order to engage patients, communicate efficiently, and help individuals achieve their wellness goals, providers...

Data Integrity Strategies for Patient Matching, Identification

HealthITAnalytics Patient matching errors are an insidious but all-too-common threat to patient safety in the healthcare setting.  While providers have generally embraced the idea that a patient’s electronic record should follow her from the moment...

EMR v. EHR: Electronic Medical, Health Record Differences

EHRIntelligence The terms electronic medical record (EMR) and electronic health record (EHR) have become widely synonymous, but they did not start that way and some still argue that a distinction between is necessary to restate. Healthcare organizations and...

Turning Healthcare Big Data into Actionable Clinical Intelligence

HealthITAnalytics Healthcare organizations on the hunt for lower costs, better outcomes, and value-based care bonuses have invested heavily in hoarding as much big data as they can get their hands on.  From customer service call logs and clinical documentation...

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