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Survey: Consumer mHealth Use is Growing, But Literacy is Lacking

October 16, 2017 - Americans are turning to mHealth apps and online websites to shop for healthcare services and do their healthcare research, according to a new survey from UnitedHealthcare. The same survey found an alarmingly low percentage of consumers who understand four basic health insurance terms, further emphasizing the need for providers and payers to make sure their mobile health platforms aren’t...


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Alabama County Commission to Tackle Telehealth Engagement Issue

by Eric Wicklund

An Alabama county commission is reversing its decision to end a telehealth program for almost 400 employees, saying rising healthcare costs are more damaging than low engagement. The Morgan County Commission rescinded its decision last week to...

Survey Finds Big Business is Refining its Telehealth Benefits

by Eric Wicklund

The latest survey on big business and healthcare finds that they’re moving from making telehealth a benefit to finding specific uses for the new service. As with last year’s survey, the “Large Employers’ 2018 Health Care...

American Telemedicine Association Announces CEO’s Departure

by Eric Wicklund

Jonathan Linkous is stepping down after 24 years as the leader of the nation’s largest telehealth and telemedicine advocacy group. The American Telemedicine Association announced Linkous’ departure as CEO in a brief press release...

UVA Cites Success with Telemedicine, Telestroke in Rural Care

by Thomas Beaton

Through the use of telemedicine and telestroke in rural care, the University of Virginia (UVA) reduced 30-day hospital readmission rates by 40 percent for patients with heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, chronic obstructive pulmonary...

New Jersey’s Telemedicine Legislation Faces a New Controversy

by Eric Wicklund

New Jersey’s landmark telemedicine legislation could be running into a roadblock. The New Jersey General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee has amended Assembly Bill 1464 to limit to three years the provision that telemedicine be...

NETRC Conference: Telehealth on the Path to Mainstream Adoption

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking to mainstream their telehealth programs are making one big mistake: They’re putting telehealth on a pedestal. “To some extent we have been held to a higher standard than traditional healthcare,”...

Nurse Support is Crucial to School Telehealth Program Success

by Eric Wicklund

A school-based telehealth program in Sacramento is drawing complaints from the school nurses the program is designed to help. The dispute highlights a key ingredient in any new telehealth venture: Buy-in from everyone involved in the service,...

USDA Offers $500K in Grant Funding for Rural Telemedicine

by Thomas Beaton

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) within the USDA has announced that healthcare organizations can apply for grants between $50,000 and $500,000 for the purpose of expanding rural telemedicine programs to improve access to education and care....

Blue Cross Blue Shield of GA Offers Maternity Telehealth Program

by Thomas Beaton

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Georgia made a maternity telehealth platform available for all members on the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP), as part of their existing maternity support program. With ever growing telehealth adoption rates,...

Rural Telemedicine Visits Rose 45% Each Year for a Decade

by Thomas Beaton

From 2004 to 2014, rural telemedicine visits by mentally ill Medicare beneficiaries rose by 45 percent each year, according to research from Harvard Medical School and RAND Corporation.   The number of telemedicine visits increased from...

New Telehealth Training Center Aims to be a National Resource

by Eric Wicklund

According to healthcare providers attending last week’s American Telemedicine Conference in Orlando, one of the biggest challenges to launching a telehealth network is finding qualified staff. It’s a problem the National Academic...

71% of Healthcare Providers Use Telehealth, Telemedicine Tools

by Thomas Beaton

Provider telemedicine use has risen to an adoption rate of 71 percent, according to new research from HIMSS Analytics. The research, presented in two separate studies that analyzed inpatient and outpatient telemedicine, highlighted a jump in...

Examining the State of Medicaid Telehealth Reimbursement

by Thomas Beaton

The majority of the United States offers Medicaid reimbursement for telehealth and related services, but reimbursement rules within each state can vary significantly, according to the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP).   CCHP's...

Telehealth Experts at ATA: Direct-to-Consumer Care Takes Time

by Eric Wicklund

Executives from three of the nation’s best-known telemedicine networks offered advice this weekend on how to set up a direct-to-consumer telehealth platform. First and foremost, they said, don’t expect consumers to come calling all...

Providers Like Virtual Care, But Sustainability Issues Linger

by Eric Wicklund

Roughly three-quarters of healthcare providers in a new survey say they’ve launched a telemedicine platform or are beginning pilot projects, but less than half say they’ve reached sustainability. The survey of 147 health systems,...

GAO Report: Telehealth Troubles Tied to Reimbursement Barriers

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers aren’t embracing telehealth and remote patient monitoring because they aren’t being reimbursed for those services, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The GAO report, issued...

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...

Physicians Sour on States’ Telehealth Implementation Efforts

by Eric Wicklund

Some 44 percent of U.S. doctors say their state hasn’t done a good job implementing telehealth, while only 15 percent feel their state has done well or very well. The results come by way of the online physician community SERMO, which recently...

10 Guidelines to Launching a Successful Telemedicine Practice

by Eric Wicklund

Independent and family practice doctors looking to launch a successful telemedicine practice should not make choosing a vendor their top priority. K. Michael Rodriguez, MD, a family physician at Broadlands Family Practice in Ashburn, Va., and...

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