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North Carolina Lawmakers Ready to Take On New Telehealth Legislation

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North Carolina lawmakers are pushing ahead with a new bill to set payment and coverage parity standards for telehealth, while also requiring patient consent before any treatment. The bill, HB 967, follows up on legislation passed last...

In a Competitive Market, Telehealth Can Be a Valuable Commodity

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UPMC is using its telehealth and telemedicine network to attract new patients in central Pennsylvania – possibly to the detriment of one of its biggest competitors. The Pittsburgh-based health system recently announced an expansion...

mHealth Gives Clinicians a Platform for Managing Rare Diseases

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Healthcare providers who treat patients with Marfan syndrome are hoping a new mHealth platform will help them improve care management and coordination – and give researchers access to digital health data to study the rare...

AACN Updates Guidelines for Nurses in ICU Telemedicine Programs

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The success and expansion of telemedicine programs across the country that focus on ICU care – also known as teleICU programs – has given rise to a new question: How should these programs be designed for nurses? The American...

A Telepsychiatrist Talks About the Power of mHealth Technology

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In telemental health, one of the most important attributes is immediacy. And Dr. Thomas Kim is never more than a tap on a smartphone app away from someone in crisis. “We should never discount the power in our pocket,” the...

Senators to FCC: Better Rural Connectivity Means More Telehealth

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The Senate is challenging the Federal Communications Commission on two fronts in an effort to improve broadband and cellphone connectivity in rural areas – key ingredients to expanding telehealth and telemedicine programs to reach...

State Medicaid Programs Are Seeing the Value of Telehealth at Home

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State lawmakers are coming around to the concept of allowing Medicaid members to access telehealth and telemedicine services from their own homes. In its spring 2018 update of the State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report,...

A Telemedicine Program Links ICU Patients to Clinicians Down Under

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An Atlanta health system is seeing enough good results from a telemedicine platform in Australia that it’s opening a second eICU Down Under. Officials at Emory Healthcare have announced a new remote intensive care partnership with...

A Health Plan Finds Success in Using mHealth For Care Coordination

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Officials at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska are hoping their new mobile health platform will not only improve communications with members, but give those members more opportunities to talk about health and wellness with their care...

Kansas Enacts New Telemedicine Law With Anti-Abortion Language

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Kansas has passed new legislation defining telemedicine and telehealth and setting parity guidelines. Gov. Jeff Colyer signed H.B. 2028 into law over the weekend.   The new law contains a clause banning the use of telemedicine in...

Is CMS Giving Telehealth Its Due In Its New Rural Health Strategy?

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CMS is making telehealth and telemedicine a cornerstone in its first Rural Health Strategy. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled the first-ever program this past week, releasing a five-point, eight-page initiative to...

VA Finalizes ‘Anywhere to Anywhere’ Telehealth Program For Vets

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A national telehealth program to connect veterans and healthcare providers no matter where either is located is set to become official. The Department of Veterans Affairs has posted former Secretary David Shulkin’s ambitious...

Fox Foundation to Use mHealth Wearables in Parkinson’s Research

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The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research is launching a project to gather mHealth data from more than 800 people living with Parkinson’s through a wearable. The foundation is partnering with Verily Life Sciences,...

Florida VA Center Finds New Uses for Telehealth in Treating PTSD

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Telehealth has proven its value in providing much-needed mental health services to Armed Forces members and veterans dealing with PTSD. Now a Florida VA center is tweaking that platform to give veterans access to a unique form of...

AHRQ Finds Few Reliable mHealth Apps for Diabetes Care Management

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A new report says most mHealth apps for diabetes care management haven’t been proven clinically effective – and that consumers are “experimenting on themselves” when they use these digital health tools. Funded by...

Mayo Clinic Uses An mHealth App to Identify Epileptic Seizures

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Researchers at the Mayor Clinic are reporting success with an mHealth app that can diagnose epilepsy. The EpiFinder app reportedly correctly identified epilepsy or offered an accurate alternative diagnosis in almost 87 percent of the...

Fitbit Makes a Mobile Health Connection With New Smartwatch Apps

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Fitbit is beefing up the mHealth capabilities of its smartwatch. The developer of the nation’s most popular fitness tracker is continuing its push to combine direct-to-consumer technology with clinical validation in the Ionic, which...

mHealth Scores High With Consumers in Boosting Medication Adherence

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Consumers are looking to mobile health tools, such as mHealth apps and wearables, to improve their medication adherence. A recent study of some 800 prescription medication users, conducted by Russell Research for Express Scripts, finds...

PCORI Grant to Test mHealth Value in Hypertension Care Management

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Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco are getting a $6.5 million grant to study whether mHealth can help people with uncontrolled hypertension. The grant, from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI),...

New mHealth Technology Platform Aims to Validate Remote Monitoring

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Several mHealth companies are joining forces to create a clinician-facing platform for assuring data integrity and patient identification in remote patient monitoring programs. The OpenMedReady framework is being developed by Philips,...

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