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ATA Panelists Discuss Challenges, Promise of Telehealth Interoperability

January 25, 2019 - 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 scalability and sustainability by getting all parties in the connected care ecosystem to work together. But while healthcare providers envision a telehealth...


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AMA Survey Finds Medical Practices Are Slow to Embrace Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine and telehealth may be the norm rather than the exception in hospitals and health systems, but smaller medical practices still aren’t embracing connected care technology. A recent survey of some 3,500 physicians by the...

Will Telehealth and mHealth Fulfill Their Potential in 2019?

by Eric Wicklund

With 2019 on the doorstep, healthcare leaders are looking for clues as to what the coming year will hold for telehealth and mHealth. And while most of the experts have long since tossed out the time-worn “tipping point”...

Will Healthcare Providers See Value in Telehealth Accreditation?

by Eric Wicklund

Hospitals and health systems will adopt telehealth if the technology enables them to improve care outcomes, reduce waste and improve provider workflows. But do they feel that accreditation is part of the path to success? With a vast...

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 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...

WEDI, CAPP Unveil New Resources for Telehealth Program Development

by Eric Wicklund

With the gradual adoption of connected health services in the healthcare industry, there’s seemingly no shortage of resource materials for health systems and other sites interested in developing a telehealth or telemedicine...

Hollander: Don’t Measure Telehealth Value Against In-Person Healthcare

by Eric Wicklund

Those trying to find value in telehealth by comparing a virtual visit to an in-person visit are getting it all wrong, according to Judd Hollander. The virtual visit, says Hollander, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Delivery Innovation...

North Carolina Lawmakers Ready to Take On New Telehealth Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

North Carolina lawmakers are pushing ahead with a new bill to set payment and coverage parity standards for telehealth, while also requiring patient consent before any treatment. The bill, HB 967, follows up on legislation passed last...

At ATA18, Telemedicine Moves From a Possibility to a Necessity

by Eric Wicklund

For years, telehealth advocates have been touting virtual visits as being just as good as the in-person visit. Now they’re saying telemedicine is better. “Our focus is now on quality,” American Telemedicine President...

American Well, InTouch Health Announce Huge Telehealth Deals at ATA

by Eric Wicklund

The trend toward enterprise telehealth platforms over stand-alone programs took a significant step forward Monday with a pair of major news announcements. In moves timed to make a splash at the American Telemedicine Association's...

Consumers Like Telehealth, But Still Prefer Face-to-Face Healthcare

by Eric Wicklund

Consumers are eager to have their doctors use telehealth – but many haven’t tried the technology themselves, and they’re not convinced it’s as good as an in-person exam. Those somewhat contradictory points, made in...

Feds Take CMS to Task Over Improper Telehealth Reimbursements

by Eric Wicklund

About three of every 10 Medicare reimbursements for telehealth in 2014-15 were made in error, according to a recent audit by federal regulators. The U.S. Health and Human Services Department of the Inspector General announced last week...

Despite EMR Hangups, Hospitals Are Embracing Enterprise Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are moving away from individual telehealth and telemedicine programs and migrating toward an enterprise-wide platform. And they’re doing it while battling disparities in payment and EMR platforms that can’t...

CHQI Launches ATA-Endorsed Telemedicine Accreditation Program

by Jessica Kent

ClearHealth Quality Institute (CHQI) recently announced that it is accepting applicants for its newly unveiled Telemedicine Accreditation Program (TAP), the only telemedicine accreditation program endorsed by the American Telemedicine...

Telemedicine Projects Deliver Two-Way Specialty Bedside Care

by Jessica Kent

Two new telemedicine projects, initiated at Northwell Health Stern Family Center for Rehabilitation and Weeks Medical Center, will use two-way communication to give patients access to real-time specialty care at the bedside. The Northwell...

CT Employers, Payers Oppose Fixed Rates for Telehealth Services

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A recent hearing to discuss a bill to allow Connecticut physicians to provide telepsychiatry services saw employers and health plans in the state opposing a measure to pay for these telehealth services at the same rate as in-person...

Telehealth, mHealth Put The Spotlight on Interoperability at HIMSS18

by Eric Wicklund

For telehealth and mHealth enthusiasts, HIMSS18 was like a healthcare version of The Bachelor – it was all about making the right connection. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s annual conference and...

Healthcare Execs Call Telehealth a Priority, But Are Still Reluctant

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare is inundated with surveys indicating health systems have launched a telehealth or telemedicine service or are planning on doing so. One of the latest finds that health system executives see the technology as a priority. That...

HIMSS18 Shines a Spotlight on mHealth, Telehealth Programs, Challenges

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth and telehealth will be on full display during the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s annual conference next month in Las Vegas. HIMSS18, scheduled to take place March 4-9, is expected to draw thousands...

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