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Telemedicine Program Aims to Help Providers in Rural Appalachia

by Eric Wicklund

The University of Virginia Health System is launching a telemedicine program to help primary care providers in remote Appalachia treat patients living with lung disease. UVA will be partnering with Stone Mountain Health Services and The...

CMS Eyes Reimbursements for Mobile Integrated Healthcare Programs

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials will be testing a new Medicare reimbursement model that supports telehealth and mHealth programs that replace Emergency Department visits. The Health and Humans Services Department’s Center for Medicare and...

Texas Health Resources Turns to mHealth to Meet Urgent Care Needs

by Eric Wicklund

Texas Health Resources is giving new meaning to direct-to-consumer telehealth. The Arlington-based 24-hospital health system recently launched an urgent care mobile health program in which a team of providers in an mHealth-enabled SUV is...

Xcertia Releases New mHealth App Guidelines, Adding 3 Categories

by Eric Wicklund

Xcertia has released a new draft of proposed guidelines for mHealth apps, adding standards for operability, usability and content to its previously released guidelines for privacy and security. The non-profit organization launched in...

AMA Collaborative Develops mHealth Data Standards for BP Devices

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers using mHealth devices to monitor blood pressure in remote patient monitoring programs now have a model for data collection and analysis. The Integrated Health Model Initiative (IHMI), launched in 2017 by the...

Telemedicine Extends Palliative Care to the Outpatient Setting

by Eric Wicklund

A lot of time and effort is expended in creating a care plan for life-limiting illnesses after those illnesses have taken hold. But palliative care experts say that care coordination and management could be better planned out through...

VA Hits Telemedicine Milestone With 1 Million Video Visits in ‘18

by Eric Wicklund

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has reported reaching a major milestone in its efforts to improve veterans’ access to care through telemedicine and telehealth. According to the VA, more than 1 million healthcare encounters...

AHA Says Telehealth Expansion Can Help Struggling Rural Hospitals

by Eric Wicklund

The American Hospital Association is calling on the federal government to boost telehealth and telemedicine opportunities – including better reimbursement, financial support for new technology and improved access to broadband –...

HIMSS19 to Move the Conversation on Telehealth, RPM, Digital Health

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth and mHealth will play a part in many of the education sessions at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s 2019 Annual Conference and Exhibition, which takes place Feb. 11-15 in Orlando. Aside from...

Alaska’s Maritime Industry Looks to Telemedicine to Save Lives

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth services delivered through a mobile EHR platform are improving access to care for those who sail on and work in the frigid waters off Alaska. Alaska Maritime Physicians, an Anchorage-based provider serving a wide variety of...

Telemedicine Proves its Value in Improving Dermatology Consults

by Eric Wicklund

A network of seven community health centers in Massachusetts has cut specialist referrals in half by using a telemedicine platform, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for both the providers and the patients. The community...

ND Lawmakers Amend Bill to Support Store-and-Forward Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

North Dakota lawmakers are working on an amended telemedicine bill that would allow healthcare providers in the state to establish a doctor-patient relationship with new patients through asynchronous (store-and-forward) technology. The...

Hospital’s Telehealth Program Reduces ER Visits, Treatment Costs

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth program launched in 2016 to improve care management for patients with chronic conditions who aren’t in home health care has cut ER visits in half and reduced hospitalizations by almost 90 percent, according to hospital...

ATA Panelists Discuss Challenges, Promise of Telehealth Interoperability

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth will only succeed in the US if it becomes interoperable. That was the main takeaway from an American Telemedicine Association webinar this week, the opening salvo in a long-term campaign by the organization to promote...

Planned Parenthood Sues Wisconsin Over Telemedicine Abortion Ban

by Eric Wicklund

Planned Parenthood is suing the state of Wisconsin over its restrictive abortion laws – including a ban on telemedicine abortions. The 56-page lawsuit, filed this week in Madison by the national organization’s Wisconsin...

Survey Finds No Rhyme or Reason in Telehealth Rules for PTs, OTs

by Eric Wicklund

A new analysis of state telemedicine and telehealth guidelines for physical and occupational therapists finds no discernible pattern of rules or regulations across the country – not even an agreement on what to call their...

mHealth Study Uses Wearables, AI to Detect Internalizing Disorders

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers and parents may someday be able to identify anxiety and depression in young children by tracking their activity with mHealth wearables. Researchers at the University of Vermont and the University of Michigan have...

CMS Pushes Telehealth to Replace Some In-Person Visits in MA Plans

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers treating patients on Medicare Advantage plans may soon be able to use telehealth in place of in-person care when appropriate. The update was one of several unveiled Friday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

Virginia Looks to Add Remote Patient Monitoring to Telehealth Law

by Eric Wicklund

Virginia lawmakers are considering a bill that would define remote patient monitoring and include it in the commonwealth’s telehealth and telemedicine guidelines. House Bill 1970 and Senate Bill 1221, both filed on January 9, define...

Fairview Health Launches mHealth Program for Cancer Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

Minnesota’s Fairview Health Services and University of Minnesota Health have launched an mHealth program for cancer patients that uses ingestible sensors and remote patient monitoring technology to improve care management during...

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