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Are Healthcare Providers Getting Comfortable With Telehealth?

by Eric Wicklund

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...

Occupational Therapists Find Scant Support for Telehealth Adoption

by Eric Wicklund

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

by Eric Wicklund

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...

Telehealth Groups Back FCC’s Proposed Connected Care Pilot Program

by Eric Wicklund

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...

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

by Eric Wicklund

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

by Eric Wicklund

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,...

VA Hospitals Use Telemedicine to Improve Antibiotic Stewardship

by Eric Wicklund

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

by Eric Wicklund

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

by Eric Wicklund

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...

Consumers Are Avoiding the ER - But Not in Favor of Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Hospitals and health systems are launching direct-to-consumer telehealth platforms to push people with non-acute health concerns away from the emergency department and toward virtual visits. But while new research suggests ED traffic is...

mHealth, Connected Care Help Doctors Address Medication Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is getting a $1 million federal grant to expand ongoing research into the use of the emocha mHealth app for medication adherence and care management for people living with tuberculosis. In...

Telemedicine Adds Value to an Orthopedic Bundled Payment Plan

by Eric Wicklund

For orthopedic practices looking to improve post-acute care, a bundled payment plan that incorporates telemedicine can reduce expenses and improve patient outcomes. But it takes careful planning to create a good...

PA Hospitals Use Telemedicine to Treat Sexual Assault Victims

by Eric Wicklund

A telemedicine program that helps small hospitals treat sexual assault victims is gaining favor in Pennsylvania. The Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth (SAFE-T) Center, created last year by Penn State University's...

MUSC Plans a Statewide Telehealth Network for Palliative Care

by Eric Wicklund

The Medical University of South Carolina is looking to launch a statewide telehealth platform for rural and remote healthcare providers needing assistance in palliative care. Backed by a three-year grant of almost $1.3 million from the...

Partners, Teladoc Launch Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Service

by Eric Wicklund

Partners HealthCare is joining the direct-to-consumer telehealth movement with the launch of an on-demand virtual visit service for urgent care. The Boston-based health system is partnering with Teladoc Health on Partners HealthCare On...

California Eyes Medicaid Reimbursement for Telehealth Counseling

by Eric Wicklund

California Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign into law a bill that would expand the state’s Medicaid program to reimburse certain healthcare providers who use telehealth to deliver substance abuse counseling. AB 2861 mandates that...

New Telemedicine Center to Extend Connected Health Across Idaho

by Eric Wicklund

Idaho’s largest health system is opening a “virtual hospital” to extend telehealth services to rural hospitals, doctor’s offices and patients in Idaho and eastern Oregon. Located in Boise, the 35,000-square-foot...

Telemedicine Gives SNFs a Tool to Improve Care, Cut Medicare Costs

by Eric Wicklund

An after-hours telemedicine platform helped a Brooklyn-based skilled nursing facility eliminate almost 100 hospitalizations and save roughly $1.5 million in Medicare costs in one year. Those outcomes are included in a case study published...

Telehealth Can Give Caregivers Much-Needed Support, Peace of Mind

by Eric Wicklund

Sometimes the most effective telehealth programs focus not on the patient, but on the caregiver. This past June, the National Institute on Aging awarded a three-year, $4.5 million grant to People Power to explore how a home-based...

PCORI Directs $31M in Grants Toward Innovative Telehealth Projects

by Eric Wicklund

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is putting more than $31 million into programs that will use telehealth and telemedicine to improve access to treatment. The Washington, D.C.-based non-profit created by Congress in...

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