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New Rule Would Give VA Doctors National Telehealth Privileges

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is moving forward with a plan to enable VA doctors to treat veterans through telehealth no matter where the doctor or patient are located, essentially overriding state laws. Officials said the 28-page proposed...

mHealth Looks to Solve the Diabetes Care Management Conundrum

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The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has approved the first mHealth device for diabetics that doesn’t require daily user interventions, an important step in improving patient engagement in care management plans. Abbott’s FreeStyle...

Texas Mulls Telemedicine Coverage for Workers’ Compensation Cases

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Texas state officials are considering a new rule that would allow residents in workers’ compensation to use telemedicine – and allow healthcare providers to be reimbursed through Medicare. The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation...

mHealth Innovation Takes Center Stage in FDA’s Digital Health Pilot

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Smartphones, wearables, mHealth apps and even digital therapeutics will all get equal play in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s new digital health software precertification pilot program. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb this week...

Telehealth Bills Get Senate Approval, Good News From CBO

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A bill to boost telehealth coverage in Medicare Advantage plans would reduce healthcare expenditures by $80 million over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO’s cost estimate of H.R. 3727 is welcome news...

7 Riddles to Solve When Launching a Telehealth Urgent Care Service

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UCHealth isn’t making money on its urgent care telehealth service just yet. But that’s OK with the Colorado health system’s medical director of virtual health. “You can imagine this was not a popular program with primary...

mHealth App to Help Mothers, Daughters in Domestic Abuse Recovery

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Researchers at Yale University are studying whether an mHealth app can help mothers and daughters avoid health issues and risky behaviors associated with witnessing domestic abuse in the home. Dr. Trace S. Kershaw, MA, PhD, a professor of social...

How Do Corporate Health and Wellness Programs Measure mHealth ROI?

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More than a third of the nation’s employers are using a corporate wellness program that includes mHealth wearables - and yet many are struggling to measure whether the program is successful. Those conclusions come from the 2017 State of...

New Telehealth Law Boosts Access to NY Schools, Day Care Centers

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New York has expanded the list of originating sites for telehealth to include schools, giving Empire State children virtual access to doctors, dentists and mental health counselors. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature last week on A4703 expands...

FTC Targets Mobile Health App Developer for Deceptive Practices

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The Federal Trade Commission is sanctioning the developers of an mHealth app for allegedly failing to pay promised bonuses to users who met health and wellness goals – and in many cases charging them whether they met those goals or not....

Nemours Doctor Measures Telehealth Value in Patient Satisfaction

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To Dr. Alfred Atanda Jr., telehealth isn’t always about improving clinical outcomes. It’s also about making the best use of the patient’s and doctor’s time and reducing costs. Atanda, an orthopedic surgeon at the Nemours/Alfred...

Telehealth, Telemedicine Guidelines Gain Momentum in Florida

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One of the last states to formally establish a telehealth policy has been busy this month. The Florida Telehealth Advisory Council, created by the state’s Legislature in March 2016, has put together a draft report that, among other things,...

Canadian Study Finds mHealth Isn’t Serving The Right Populations

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In a study that mirrors healthcare attitudes in the US, a new survey finds that Canadians who use mHealth apps and digital health devices aren’t the ones who need them the most. The survey of more than 4,100 Canadians, by the government-funded...

mHealth Study to Test Whether AF Can Be Assessed Via Video App

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Researchers in New York are launching an mHealth program to determine whether a tablet with an embedded video recording app can detect atrial fibrillation. A team of engineers and clinicians at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University...

USC Research Sees Smartglasses as The Ultimate mHealth Wearable

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The University of Southern California is making another pitch for smartglasses, saying the mHealth wearable offers a strong form factor for health and wellness and patient engagement. The latest argument comes in a study by USC’s Center...

Texas Board’s New Telemedicine Rules Could Still Cause Problems

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Following up on legislative action taken earlier this year to align the state with the rest of the nation, the Texas Medical Board has proposed amending its telemedicine and telehealth rules that would loosen the reins on doctors wanting to treat...

Telehealth Will Only Benefit Seniors if They Know It’s Available

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Telehealth is touted as an important avenue for seniors looking to stay healthy and at home, yet almost 90 percent of seniors recently surveyed said they either don’t have access to telehealth through their Medicare plan or they don’t...

Study: States’ Private Payer Laws Are Harming Telehealth Growth

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Two-thirds of the states in the US may have laws to promote telehealth and telemedicine coverage by private payers, but many of those laws are weakly written, giving payers too much discretion to set their own ground rules and turning providers...

mHealth Researchers Turn the Smartphone Into a Diagnostic Device

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Two University of Illinois researchers have developed a camera that could vastly improve the mHealth diagnostic capabilities of a smartphone. The key to marketing the “lab-in-a-smartphone,” though, could lie in its popularity as a...

More Organizations Urge CMS to Boost Medicare Telehealth Coverage

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Healthcare organizations and advocacy groups are ganging up on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in a bid to compel more telehealth and telemedicine coverage. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), American...

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