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New Connecticut Law Enables Providers to Prescribe Via Telemedicine

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Healthcare providers in Connecticut will soon be able to use telemedicine to prescribe controlled substances for mental health and substance abuse treatment. Gov. Daniel Malloy’s signature on S.B. 302 reverses the state’s...

mHealth Brain Games Help Post-ICU Patients Recover Cognitive Skills

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An mHealth platform that enables recent ICU patients to “exercise” their brain at home after discharge is helping to improve recovery and reduce cognitive issues. Researchers at Vanderbilt University have reported that a...

Georgia’s First Mobile Telestroke Unit is Ready to Roll in Atlanta

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Georgia is adding a new mobile health resource to its telemedicine service with the state’s first mobile stroke unit. The mobile stroke treatment unit, a specially equipped ambulance designed to bring telestroke care directly to the...

FCC Votes to Increase Broadband Funding for Telehealth Expansion

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Healthcare providers in rural parts of the country will soon have more flexibility to use telemedicine, thanks to an increase in funding for broadband expansion projects. The Federal Communications Commission this week unanimously...

Farm Bill to Increase Rural Telemedicine Awaits Senate Approval

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The House has passed the 2018 Farm Bill to increase funding for rural telemedicine and further combat the opioid crisis, and the bill is now awaiting Senate approval. The revised bill includes several amendments to improve health outcomes...

FDA Approves Implantable mHealth Sensor for Diabetes Care Management

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Federal officials have given the green light to an implantable mHealth device designed to help people with diabetes and their caregivers remotely monitor blood glucose levels. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the...

2nd Michigan Hospital Forges Telehealth Partnership With Shriners

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A second Michigan hospital is opening a telehealth unit to enable families to access care from Shriners Hospitals for Children. Officials at Grand Rapids-based Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital announced this week that they will...

Doctors Use mHealth to Screen Cancer Survivors for Heart Problems

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An mHealth device that measures heart function could potentially save the lives of childhood cancer survivors at risk of developing heart problems later in life. Researchers at the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Clinic at City of Hope in...

mHealth Tools Help Hospitals Improve the Physician Query Process

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Mobile health technology is helping to make the cumbersome process of responding to physician queries easier for physicians, giving them more time to spend with their patients. Often considered a necessary evil in the hospital-based...

Pa. Payer Expands Telehealth Platform to Include Telemental Health

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A central Pennsylvania health plan is adding telemental health to its telehealth offerings, following a recent surge in virtual visits. Capital BlueCross, which serves 21 counties in the Keystone State, is expanding its Virtual Care...

Coalition Aims to Help Dentists, Orthodontists Use Telemedicine

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A new telemedicine association has formed to help orthodonists and dentists integrate connected care technology into their offices. The American Teledentistry Association (ATDA), launched in May, is “an effort to shape the...

The Pentagon Issues a Call for an Enterprise Telemedicine Platform

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The Pentagon is in the market for an enterprise telemedicine platform. The Military Health System (MHS) has asked the telehealth and telemedicine industry for ideas on how it can consolidate its many connected care programs onto one...

Telehealth Gives Doctors a Chance to Be Where They’re Most Needed

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Telehealth technology is allowing Dr. John Bender to be in two places at once. And that makes a big different in care management and coordination for thousands of patients at his Colorado-based medical practice. Bender, senior partner and...

New NIH App is an mHealth Resource on Herbs, Herbal Supplements

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The National Institutes of Health has unveiled an mHealth app offering information and resources on herbs and herbal supplements. HerbList, available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, aims to get in front of the growing...

New Mexico Health Plans Launch Phone-Based Telehealth Service

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Some 40,000 New Mexico residents will soon have access to telehealth services through their phone. Health plans True Health New Mexico and New Mexico Health Connections have announced a partnership with MDLive that will enable members to...

FDA Approves mHealth Wearable for Opioid Withdrawal Treatment

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Federal regulators have approved an mHealth wearable that fits around the ear and is designed to help people going through opioid withdrawal. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 510(k) premarket approval of the Drug Relief aural...

CMS Embraces mHealth With Reimbursement for Smartphone CGM Links

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Healthcare providers who collaborate with diabetic patients through smartphone-enabled continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) will soon be reimbursed under Medicare. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the change in...

FDA OKs mHealth Version of Neurorehabilitation Therapy Platform

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Federal regulators have approved a mobile health version of a neurorehabilitation therapy system that uses gamification to motivate patients undergoing therapy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given its OK for US distribution of...

OIG: HIV Telemedicine Program Doesn’t Violate Anti-Kickback Laws

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A healthcare provider offering free telemedicine equipment to a county health clinic for use in HIV treatment and support services won’t be sanctioned under federal anti-kickback laws, according to the Health and Human Services...

CMS Pitches Telehealth to Medicaid Programs Targeting Opioid Abuse

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is recommending telehealth and telemedicine to healthcare providers looking to leverage Medicaid funding for opioid abuse treatment. CMS made the pitch in a pair of guidance documents...

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