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HHS Makes a Pitch for Telemedicine in Substance Abuse Treatment

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The Health and Human Services Department wants to remind everyone that telemedicine can be an important tool in treating people with addiction and substance abuse issues. In a blog timed to coincide with Prescription Opioid and Heroin...

New Bill Takes Aim at Originating Site Restrictions for Telehealth

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Even as new legislation to tackle the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic snakes its way through Capitol Hill, members of Congress are introducing new bills designed to make telehealth and telemedicine a pivotal tool for Medicaid-based...

Are Healthcare Providers Getting Comfortable With Telehealth?

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While research has long suggested that telehealth can be more cost-effective than the in-person visit, new studies are suggesting that doctors who use connected care technology are also becoming better care providers. A year-long...

Stanford Researchers Use an mHealth Patch to Measure Teenager Stress

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Stanford University is using an mHealth wearable in a new study looking for a connection between stress and depression in teenagers. Researchers in Stanford’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science are using the Vital...

Occupational Therapists Find Scant Support for Telehealth Adoption

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Telehealth has the potential to help many healthcare specialties, including occupational therapy. But the path to launching a connected health platform isn’t that easy. That’s what Cynthia Abbott-Gaffney discovered. A...

House Bill Seeks Medicaid Support for Expanding Telehealth Services

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As Congress lurches toward voting on legislation to tackle the nation’s opioid crisis, a bill newly introduced in the House aims to help state Medicaid programs use telehealth to treat people with substance abuse issues. Rep Ben Ray...

Apple’s New Smartwatch Gets to The Heart of The mHealth Debate

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mHealth enhancements to the new Apple Watch are designed to make digital health more consumer-friendly, but will healthcare providers embrace the wearable? The Apple Watch Series 4, unveiled this week during the company’s typically...

The MAVEN Project Gives Busy Health Clinics a Telehealth Resource

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A network of volunteer physicians is using telehealth to provide consults and mentorship to where it’s needed the most – health clinics serving the underserved. The volunteers offer their services for free under the MAVEN...

UK Schools to Test mHealth App for Mental Health Conversations

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Hundreds of teachers in the UK will soon be testing an mHealth app designed to guide them in talking to students about mental health issues. Developed by the University of London’s Royal Holloway branch, MindAid is billed as a...

Telehealth Groups Back FCC’s Proposed Connected Care Pilot Program

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Healthcare groups are coming out in support of the Federal Communications Commission’s $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program, saying the proposed telehealth project could improve access to care for rural and remote Americans by...

FDA Signals Interest in mHealth Platform for Potassium Screening

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Federal officials are showing interest in an mHealth device that can reportedly detect dangerous levels of potassium in a patient without the need to draw any blood. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted “Breakthrough...

Alabama VA Replaces Mobile Health Units With Telehealth Centers

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is replacing mobile health units in Alabama with dedicated telehealth centers in an effort to improve access to healthcare for veterans. The VA has recently opened telehealth centers at Bryan W....

MGMA, AMIA Weigh In on CMS’ RPM, Digital Health Reimbursement Plans

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services may be taking a step forward with proposed improved reimbursements for remote patient monitoring and other digital health services, but some worry that those changes will negatively affect...

Ambulance Company Eyes mHealth Reliability With FirstNet Platform

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A private ambulance service serving three southern US states will soon be using mHealth and telehealth devices on a specially designed broadband network to improve care coordination and management. Acadian Ambulance, based in Lafayette,...

Planning a Hospital Strategy for Broadband, Telehealth Expansion

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As hospitals and health systems launch new telehealth and telemedicine programs, one of the major challenges is finding enough broadband to handle the service. “Unless broadband in the US improves, the promise of telehealth will...

VA Hospitals Use Telemedicine to Improve Antibiotic Stewardship

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A telemedicine platform linking two small VA hospitals with infectious disease experts has helped staff at those hospitals improve their antibiotic stewardship. The pilot program, detailed this month in Infection Control and Hospital...

Geisinger Patients Find a Comfort Zone With mHealth Wearables

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Geisinger Health System patients enrolled in an mHealth study on pain management are using wearables “consistently and frequently” to document their care, according to an interim analysis released this week. “We are...

Non-Profit Uses mHealth to Improve Concussion Education, Treatment

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A global non-profit is using an mHealth wearable to teach healthcare providers and others how to identify and treat concussions. TeachAids, a Stanford University spinoff that has developed internationally recognized HIV and AIDS education...

Scripps Details mHealth Platform for Collecting Pregnancy Data

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Scripps Health researchers are hoping that an mHealth research app embedded in a popular connected health platform for pregnant women will help them improve care management and reduce negative health outcomes. “Pregnant women are...

California Mulls Guidelines for School Telemental Health Programs

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California lawmakers are pushing a bill to develop a statewide policy for telehealth and telemedicine that will give students remote access to mental health services. AB 2315, which is now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, calls on...

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