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In Value-Based Care, Telehealth’s Aim is Money Saved, Not Earned

by Eric Wicklund

To find value in a telehealth or mHealth program, healthcare providers must look not at how much money they’ll make, but how much they’ll save. At the St. Louis-based Mercy health system, this means sending home about 1,300 patients...

ATA Task Force to Study Environmental Effects of Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

Can telemedicine help reduce global warming? The American Telemedicine Association will be asking that question, and many more, as it launches a task force to determine how telemedicine impacts climate change. Some telehealth and telemedicine...

Mercy Virtual’s President Talks Telemedicine, Value-Based Care

by Eric Wicklund

For telemedicine to truly contribute value to healthcare delivery, it has to be invisible. That is, in a nutshell, the goal for Dr. Randall S. Moore, MD, MBA, president of Mercy Virtual. Billed as the nation’s only hospital without beds,...

Florida Cuts Telemedicine Out of New Medical Marijuana Law

by Eric Wicklund

Florida lawmakers have passed legislation that prevents doctors from using telemedicine to issue a prescription for medical marijuana. The rule, part of 80 pages of legislation passed by lawmakers during a special session on June 9, requires...

Telemedicine Gives ERs an Instant Link to Psychiatric Consults

by Eric Wicklund

In busy emergency departments across the country, doctors are turning to telemedicine to provide one vital service they can’t often handle: the psychiatric consult. Roughly 13 percent of all ER visits require a mental health consult, according...

Ga. Payer Pushes Telehealth to Replace Unnecessary ER Visits

by Eric Wicklund

A Georgia insurer is taking strong steps to promote telehealth as a replacement for most emergency room visits. Starting in July, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia will stop reimbursing for ER visits deemed to be unnecessary. The payer is recommending...

Mobile Health Units Put the Emphasis on Access for mHealth

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers around the country are taking a literal approach to mobile health these days. They’re customizing RVs, vans, buses and ambulances with telemedicine tools and wireless connectivity to bring healthcare to underserved...

Health Plans Turn to mHealth Messaging to Reach the Underserved

by Eric Wicklund

To Nancy R. Wharfield, MD, associate chief medical officer of the California-based Gold Coast Health Plan, mHealth messages have one huge advantage over post cards and robocalls when reaching out to her Medicaid members. “They make you...

Telehealth Tackles Medicaid’s Challenges with eConsult Program

by Eric Wicklund

A first-of-its-kind telehealth program launched in Connecticut two years ago is reducing unnecessary spending, improving care coordination for the hard-to-reach Medicaid population and making primary care doctors more confident in their abilities,...

UW Develops Substance Abuse Adherence mHealth Application

by Thomas Beaton

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS) developed an mHealth app for substance abuse adherence that is a finalist for an $100,000 grant award from the Harvard Innovation in American...

Study Supports Safety, Effectiveness of Telemedicine Abortions

by Eric Wicklund

A three-year study in Ireland and Northern Ireland has apparently proven the effectiveness and safety of abortions by telemedicine. The study, published online in the UK-based BMJ by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, uses data...

Telehealth Partnerships Focus on Innovative ROI in Upstate NY

by Eric Wicklund

For the two administrators responsible for guiding new telehealth projects to fruition across upstate New York, ROI doesn’t always mean reimbursement. Sometimes a new telemedicine program has to look beyond money for value. “You need...

mHealth Messages Get High Grades in Medication Adherence Study

by Eric Wicklund

A new study on mobile health and medication adherence has uncovered two interesting points: Patients don’t just forget to take their medications, and real-time mHealth “prodding” can help them to stay on their prescriptions....

Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth: One Hospital’s Virtual Care Plan

by Eric Wicklund

A small southern Maine hospital is using direct-to-consumer telehealth to put the community back into its community health mission. York Hospital’s new Virtual Care service aims to give local residents a more convenient connection to the...

Telehealth Looks to Digital Diagnostics to Improve Virtual Care

by Eric Wicklund

With direct-to-consumer telehealth platforms popping up all over the country these days, healthcare providers are now looking at combining virtual care with lab tests. Health systems and consumer-facing telehealth vendors see point-of-care testing...

mHealth, Telehealth Providers Target Growing Senior Care Market

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth and mHealth providers are adopting new platforms to meet the needs of a growing senior population and position themselves for the lucrative remote patient monitoring market. With the Baby Boomer generation set to retire and wanting...

ATA Survey: Parents Like Telehealth for Primary Care Needs

by Eric Wicklund

Parents surveyed by a national pediatric health network say they know about telemedicine and are willing to use it to address primary care issues, but they’re hesitant to use it to manage chronic conditions. That divide separates two of...

Store-and-Forward Telehealth Service Replaces the Office Visit

by Eric Wicklund

Rush University Medical Center has launched a store-and-forward telemedicine platform for non-emergency cases, giving patients an effective alternative to the doctor’s office or retail clinic visit. Rush SmartExam is the Chicago-based hospital’s...

83% of Healthcare Orgs to Invest in Telehealth, mHealth Tools

by Thomas Beaton

Eighty-three percent of healthcare organizations responding to a American Telemedicine Association (ATA) poll said they are highly likely to invest in telehealth with operational efficiency and convenience in mind. Of the 171 healthcare executives...

Alaska Lawmakers Link Telehealth Growth to Better Broadband

by Eric Wicklund

Alaska legislators are asking for federal help in expanding the state’s broadband network to support more telemedicine and telehealth services. House Joint Resolution 14, which passed by a 33-6 vote this week, calls on the Federal Communications...

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