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Telemedicine Helps Sports Doctors Manage Their Patient Workload

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A telemedicine program to manage care for sports-related orthopedic injuries reduces the cost and time of treatment, according to physicians at two prominent Mid-Atlantic health systems. It also rates quite highly on the patient satisfaction...

mHealth Research on Mental Health Taps Into One’s Tapping Habits

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Healthcare providers looking to use mHealth in behavioral health treatment have long struggled to make the technology unobtrusive. But recent research suggests that remote monitoring of people with mental health issues could be done by analyzing...

Can mHealth Wearables Help Patients Talk to Their Docs About Sleep?

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An Indiana health system is turning to Fitbit to test the value of mHealth data in helping patients talk to their doctors about sleep problems. The Indianapolis-based Regenstrief Institute, in a partnership with the National Sleep Foundation...

CMS Under Pressure to Cover mHealth Tools for Diabetes Management

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As federal regulators approve more mHealth devices for diabetes care management and coordination, some in Congress are lobbying for better Medicare coverage of digital health. A bipartisan group of lawmakers this week asked the Centers for Medicare...

Despite EMR Hangups, Hospitals Are Embracing Enterprise Telehealth

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Healthcare providers are moving away from individual telehealth and telemedicine programs and migrating toward an enterprise-wide platform. And they’re doing it while battling disparities in payment and EMR platforms that can’t handle...

Telehealth Services Expand Veteran Access to Mental Healthcare

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The Cohen Veterans Network (CVN), an integrated mental health system for veterans and their families, recently announced that they will soon offer low or no cost telehealth services across Washington state to help reduce the epidemic of veteran...

VA Video Telemedicine mHealth App to Provide Easy Care Access

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Mobile Health program has released the VA Video Connect application, an mHealth application that will provide veterans with access to real-time telemedicine services. The VA Video Connect application enables...

Research Shows Telehealth Service Use, Availability on the Rise

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Telemedicine is on the rise as telehealth services are becoming increasingly available to patients across the country, especially among those seeking mental healthcare. FAIR Health, a nonprofit organization, recently released a white paper analyzing...

Senate Bill Expands Rural Access to Telehealth in Iowa

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A bill approved by the Iowa Senate requires health insurers to cover both telehealth and in-person services equally and could expand rural access to telemedicine, particularly in specialty areas such as psychiatry. “Telehealth services...

CHQI Launches ATA-Endorsed Telemedicine Accreditation Program

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ClearHealth Quality Institute (CHQI) recently announced that it is accepting applicants for its newly unveiled Telemedicine Accreditation Program (TAP), the only telemedicine accreditation program endorsed by the American Telemedicine Association...

Telemedicine Projects Deliver Two-Way Specialty Bedside Care

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Two new telemedicine projects, initiated at Northwell Health Stern Family Center for Rehabilitation and Weeks Medical Center, will use two-way communication to give patients access to real-time specialty care at the bedside. The Northwell Health...

CT Employers, Payers Oppose Fixed Rates for Telehealth Services

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A recent hearing to discuss a bill to allow Connecticut physicians to provide telepsychiatry services saw employers and health plans in the state opposing a measure to pay for these telehealth services at the same rate as in-person services....

Temple Launches Telehealth Program For Pulmonary Fibrosis Patients

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Temple University is launching a nationwide telemedicine program targeting care management for people suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The Temple Lung Center at Temple University Hospital, which performed a nation-high 131...

Debating the Pros And Cons of Licensure Compacts for Telehealth

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Interstate medical licensure compacts, which enable healthcare providers to more easily apply for and receive permission to practice medicine in other states, have been touted as a means of expanding telehealth and telemedicine. They’re...

mHealth Tools, AI Combine to Avert Serious Diabetic Health Issues

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mHealth devices embedded with artificial intelligence are helping people with diabetes identify  dangerous changes in their blood sugar levels before they happen, avoiding serious and sometimes fatal consequences. The U.S. Food and Drug...

FDA Letter Challenges Opternative’s Ocular Telehealth Platform

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Federal regulators may sanction the developer of an ocular telehealth platform over charges the company hasn’t received the necessary approvals to offer the online eye exams. In a letter dated Oct. 30, 2017 and made public this past week,...

Telemedicine Trial Targets Pregnant Women Battling Opioid Addiction

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A new study aims to determine whether telemedicine can be used to improve outcomes for rural women who are pregnant and struggling with an opioid addiction. Lorie Harper, MD, an assistant professor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s...

Shriners Brings Telehealth to Michigan With Covenant Health Deal

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Michigan’s Covenant HealthCare has launched a pediatric telehealth program to give residents access to specialists from two Shriners hospitals. In a partnership with Shriners Hospitals for Children, Covenant’s new Saginaw location...

Telehealth, mHealth Put The Spotlight on Interoperability at HIMSS18

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For telehealth and mHealth enthusiasts, HIMSS18 was like a healthcare version of The Bachelor – it was all about making the right connection. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s annual conference and exhibition,...

Researchers Focus on mHealth Applications for Smart Contact Lenses

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The latest application of mHealth for medication management and adherence comes from Boston, where a team of Harvard Medical School researchers has created smart-enabled contact lenses that can deliver times medications to the eyes. The high-tech...

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