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Licensing Compact Goes Live, Opening Door to Telehealth for Nurses

January 19, 2018 - Licensed nurses in 29 states can now use telehealth to treat patients in other states, under terms of the Enhamced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). Under the eNLC, overseen by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VNs) in member states can provide care to patients in other states without having to obtain additional...


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Can mHealth Make the Connection Between Providers and Minorities?

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking to connect with minorities should develop an mHealth strategy that focuses on the smartphone. That’s the takeaway from a pair of studies published this month in the American Journal of Managed Care. The studies...

Study: Telemedicine Consults Help Save About $500 Per Patient

by Eric Wicklund

A telemedicine consult platform for cardiology cases saved almost $500 per patient in Medicaid costs over in-person treatments, according to a newly released study. In what’s being billed as the first published randomized study of the eConsult...

Telehealth Lends a Helping Hand to Senior Fall Prevention Programs

by Eric Wicklund

A Los Angeles-based provider of senior healthcare services is expanding its telehealth footprint to help more seniors stay out of the hospital. The Los Angeles Jewish Home has been using a telehealth platform to help seniors recover from joint...

Missouri Bill Aims to Remove Most Barriers to Telehealth Adoption

by Eric Wicklund

Missouri lawmakers are contemplating a bill that would loosen the reins on telehealth, potentially making the Show Me State one of the most lenient in the country. HB 1617, sponsored by State Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City), would, among other...

Making Telehealth a Valuable Part of Preventive Care Programs

by Eric Wicklund

An under-the-radar bill introduced in Congress last year could, if passed, pave the way for Medicare coverage of telehealth in preventive health programs. The Preventive Health Savings Act (S. 2164 and H B.. 2953) proposes to expand the window...

Telemedicine Helps SNFs Improve Patient Care, Curb Hospitalizations

by Eric Wicklund

Skilled nursing facilities across the country are using telemedicine to bring critical healthcare services to their residents, improving health and wellness outcomes and reducing costly ER transports. In many cases, real-time clinical support...

Connecticut Health Systems Launch New Telemedicine Consult Program

by Eric Wicklund

One of New England’s largest health plans is investing in a telemedicine platform that enables patients and their primary care providers to access specialty consults. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care has awarded $32,000 in grants to two Connecticut...

Telehealth Offers a Platform For Discussing Sensitive Health Issues

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers often see telehealth as an ideal platform for connecting with their patients on sensitive issues. Erectile dysfunction fits into that category quite nicely. Last month, a New York City-based startup armed with more than $3...

Telemedicine Helps NYC Jails Cut Costs and Complexity in Prisoner Care

by Eric Wicklund

A trip to the doctor’s office isn’t an easy task for residents of New York’s City’s 12 municipal jails or their jailers. A telemedicine platform, however, could make things a lot easier. NYC Health + Hospitals is using...

Hospitals Turn to Telemedicine to Tackle ER Triage, Overcrowding

by Eric Wicklund

A telemedicine platform that helps emergency departments triage patients just might be the answer to crowded ERs and physician staffing issues.  The virtual visit platform, developed by the Wisconsin-based startup EmOpti, is currently being...

Workers Comp Execs See Telehealth as a Tool to Manage Costs, Outcomes

by Eric Wicklund

Nearly half of workers compensation professionals recently surveyed say telehealth and telemedicine will have the biggest impact on the industry in the future. And more than half say it will help them contain rising healthcare costs. Those are...

Senators Include Telemedicine in New Bill to Modernize the VA

by Eric Wicklund

A new bill that seeks to modernize the oft-criticized Department of Veterans Affairs includes a provision allowing VA doctors to treat veterans via telemedicine no matter where they live. The 125-page Veterans Community Care and Access Act of...

FCC Eyes Expanded Broadband Funding for Telehealth, Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

The Federal Communications Commission is considering increasing funding for broadband expansion to rural America, a move that would pave the way for more – and better - telehealth and telemedicine programs where healthcare access is limited....

New Survey Takes Telemedicine Beyond Pilots, Into Growth Phase

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers have moved beyond telemedicine pilots and our now looking to expand existing platforms, according to a new survey from Foley & Lardner. The global law firm with a strong footprint in telehealth and mHealth released its...

Telehealth Gains Favor as a Coaching Platform for Chronic Care

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers who use telehealth or mHealth tools to coach patients with chronic conditions are seeing marked improvements in clinical outcomes. The latest to report this is Pack Health, a Birmingham, Ala.-based digital health coaching...

UK’s ‘GP At Hand’ Service Offers Patients mHealth Access to a Doctor

by Eric Wicklund

Some 3.5 million London residents will soon be able to access healthcare on their smartphones around the clock in an mHealth pilot being rolled out by the UK’s National Health Service. The free program, called GP at Hand, will enable select...

VETS Act, Supporting Telehealth for Veterans, Now in Senate’s Hands

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth advocates are cheering the House’s unanimous approval this week of the VETS Act, saying it would give the nation’s veterans unfettered access to telehealth no matter where they live. “The passage of our bill in the...

With Fitbits, STSI Adds mHealth to its Precision Medicine Project

by Eric Wicklund

Scripps Health’s Digital Health research unit is providing as many as 10,000 Fitbits to participants in a precision medicine program to track how home activities may affect their health. The Scripps Translational Science Institute will...

The Health Wagon: A Telehealth Resource in a Rural Wilderness

by Eric Wicklund

A mobile health service started more than 30 years ago out of the back of a Volkswagen is using telehealth, mHealth devices and even drones to improve healthcare access and outcomes in one of the most underserved regions of America. The Health...

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