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New York Launches Telehealth Initiative to Improve Perinatal Care

February 20, 2019 - New York state officials are launching a “comprehensive telehealth initiative” aimed at improving access to perinatal care, particularly in rural parts of the state. The four-part program was unveiled this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of his 2019 Women’s Justice Agenda. It calls for: As much as $5 million in funding to regional perinatal centers and other...


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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...

Massachusetts Embraces Telemental Health for Medicaid Members

by Eric Wicklund

Roughly 1.9 million Massachusetts residents on Medicaid will soon be able to access mental health services through telemedicine. MassHealth, the commonwealth’s Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Provider (CHIP) program,...

USDA Prioritizes Opioid Abuse Treatment in Next Telemedicine Grants

by Eric Wicklund

The federal agency responsible for awarding millions of dollars in telehealth and telemedicine grants is prioritizing rural connected health programs that address opioid abuse in its next round of awards. The US Department of Agriculture...

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...

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...

Federal Grants to Boost Telehealth in School-Based Health Centers

by Eric Wicklund

More than 100 school-based health centers across the country are getting federal funding to develop telehealth and mHealth platforms for mental health, substance abuse, and childhood obesity-related services. The US Department of Health...

Baltimore Launches mHealth Program to Reduce 911 Calls, ED Transports

by Eric Wicklund

The University of Maryland Medical Center is partnering with Baltimore city officials to launch an mHealth program aimed at reducing 911 calls and ER transports and improving care access and management for the city’s low-income...

OIG OKs Free Phones in mHealth Project Targeting Medication Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials have given the green light to a digital health company’s plan to loan free smartphones to patients enrolled in an mHealth project tracking medication adherence. The Office of the Inspector General issued the ruling...

Oklahoma May Use Telemedicine to Improve Alzheimer’s Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

Oklahoma lawmakers are mulling a telemedicine pilot program aimed at training rural healthcare providers to treat patients living with Alzheimer’s. SB 437 would, if approved, create a Project ECHO platform. Project ECHO (Extension...

mHealth Deals Integrate Chronic Care, Mental Health Platforms

by Eric Wicklund

Livongo Health’s pending acquisition of an mHealth platform for mental health offers new proof that connected health platforms won’t work unless they integrate care management for a broad array of chronic health...

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...

mHealth Games Offer New Treatments for Kids With Autism, ADHD

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth platform using video game technology is helping to improve attention spans in children with autism spectrum disorder and co-occurring attention/deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Researchers at the Children’s Hospital...

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...

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...

Telehealth Gives College Students a Discreet Path to Counseling

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are discovering that a telehealth platform is an effective forum for connecting with college students dealing with stress and other mental health issues. “It can introduce a lot of people to a form of therapy...

AMA Lobbies for More Telehealth in Diabetes Prevention Programs

by Eric Wicklund

The American Medical Association is once again lobbying for more telehealth in the Diabetes Prevention Program, arguing that digital health access to coaching and health and wellness resources could help roughly 84 million Americans avoid...

CDC Project Combines mHealth, Cash in Opioid Abuse Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine are getting more than $2 million test whether an mHealth app combined with financial incentives can help people struggling with opioid abuse. The US Centers for Disease...

ACP Supports Telemedicine Standards in Latest Ethics Manual Update

by Eric Wicklund

The American College of Physicians has reinforced its support of telemedicine in establishing the doctor-patient relationship in first-time visits – as long as the virtual care platform includes audio-visual technology. That point...

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