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HHS Makes a Pitch for Telemedicine in Substance Abuse Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

The Health and Human Services Department wants to remind everyone that telemedicine can be an important tool in treating people with addiction and substance abuse issues. In a blog timed to coincide with Prescription Opioid and Heroin...

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...

The MAVEN Project Gives Busy Health Clinics a Telehealth Resource

by Eric Wicklund

A network of volunteer physicians is using telehealth to provide consults and mentorship to where it’s needed the most – health clinics serving the underserved. The volunteers offer their services for free under the MAVEN...

Alabama VA Replaces Mobile Health Units With Telehealth Centers

by Eric Wicklund

The Department of Veterans Affairs is replacing mobile health units in Alabama with dedicated telehealth centers in an effort to improve access to healthcare for veterans. The VA has recently opened telehealth centers at Bryan W....

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,...

Planning a Hospital Strategy for Broadband, Telehealth Expansion

by Eric Wicklund

As hospitals and health systems launch new telehealth and telemedicine programs, one of the major challenges is finding enough broadband to handle the service. “Unless broadband in the US improves, the promise of telehealth will...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Illinois OKs Medicaid Coverage for Mental Health Via Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved legislation mandating the state’s Medicaid program to reimburse behavioral and mental health providers for telehealth. The bill was one of five signed into law this week by Rauner, all...

Telemedicine Still Tops Health Execs’ Interests, With AI Rising

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare executives are still seeing a bright future for telehealth and telemedicine, with artificial intelligence quickly moving up the list of hot topics. A survey of roughly 100 health industry executives by Utah-based Reaction Data...

KU Uses Telehealth to Tackle Dangerous Post-Transplant Weight Gain

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth pilot program developed by the University of Kansas Medical Center helped kidney transplant patients reduce weight gain and improve diet and exercise in the crucial months following a transplant, reducing the chances of organ...

When Its Only Doctor Retired, A Rural Town Turned to Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

A Georgia university with a history of expanding telehealth resources into rural parts of the state has opened a new telemedicine clinic in a town whose one and only physician recently retired. The Mercer University School of Medicine...

DoD Eyes mHealth Platform for Service Members’ Respiratory Exams

by Eric Wicklund

The US Military has tapped an Australian mHealth company to help develop a smartphone-based digital health platform that can detect respiratory problems in service personnel prior to deployment. Brisbane-based ResApp Health was selected...

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