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UVA Cites Success with Telemedicine, Telestroke in Rural Care

June 23, 2017 - 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 disease, pneumonia, stroke, and joint replacement. In a subcommittee hearing by the U.S Senate on FCC’s Universal Broadband Fund and Rural Healthcare...


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Telemedicine, Remote Care May Forestall Rural Hospital Closure

by Thomas Beaton

Telemedicine and remote care programs may help rural hospitals stay open while serving a greater number of patients, according to a new report from the Texas A&M Rural and Community Health Institute. According to the researchers, health disparities...

AHA: FCC Should Expand Telehealth, Broadband to Rural Regions

by Thomas Beaton

More funding for telehealth providers and an expansion of broadband infrastructure into rural regions will support a growing demand for access to care, said the American Hospital Association (AHA) in comments to the FCC related to the Rural Health...

URMC Offers Free In-Home Telemedicine to Parkinson’s Patients

by Thomas Beaton

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) launched a new telemedicine program that will provide free care to 500 Parkinson's patients in rural communities. The Parkinson's Disease Care, New York (PDCNY) program is a largely virtual...

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....

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...

FCC Seeks Input on Broadband Expansion for mHealth, Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are seeking advice from the telemedicine and mHealth community on how to improve broadband access for healthcare. The Federal Communication Commission and its Connect2Health Task Force are accepting comments through May 24 (reply...

Rural Telehealth Use Rises, But Challenges for PCPs Remain

by Thomas Beaton

Rural telehealth use has surpassed adoption in other care environments, but primary care providers (PCPs) continue to face organizational barriers when pursuing the implementation of telehealth solutions. Research from the Journal of the American...

HEART Act Targets Medicare Limits on Rural Telehealth, RPM

by Eric Wicklund

A new bill making its way around Capitol Hill aims to improve access to telehealth services for people with heart disease and those in rural parts of the country. The Helping Expand Access to Rural Telehealth (HEART) Act, filed on May 3 by U.S....

Broadband Problems Derail Montana’s Telemedicine Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

Proposed telemedicine legislation in Montana has stalled, reportedly because legislators are concerned the bill won’t help rural residents access the telehealth services they need. House Bill 389, which seeks to set telemedicine practice...

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...

Broadband Offers a Telehealth Lifeline to Rural Hospitals

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth can save a rural hospital more than $100,000 a year in healthcare and community costs, according to a new report from a collection of rural broadband providers. Compiled by NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, “Anticipating...

VA Tests Telemedicine-based Collaborative Care for Rural Vets

by Eric Wicklund

The Veterans Administration is testing a telemedicine-based collaborative care model on rural veterans in two states who are diagnosed with HIV. It builds on an earlier attempt to use the Project ECHO telemedicine model to improve access to care...

Telemedicine Gives Rural Children a Lifeline to Specialist Care

by Eric Wicklund

In America’s heartland, large cities and health systems are few and far between. So if a child needs a healthcare specialist, telemedicine may be a literal life-saver. At Children’s Mercy Kansas City, 26 of the hospital’s 47...

Telemedicine Backpack Gives Providers a New Mobile Health Tool

by Eric Wicklund

EMS providers in the rugged mountains of western North Carolina will soon be using a telemedicine backpack to help hard-to-reach residents with health issues. And the EMS director says it won’t take long for that backpack to pay for itself....

How Project ECHO Will Advance Rural Health through Telehealth

by Sheri Stoltenberg

As we leave 2016 behind and celebrate the New Year, we are seeing continued progress for telehealth and rural health initiatives. One of the biggest milestones is Congress’ passing of the bipartisan, bicameral bill S. 2873 (the counterpart...

Study: Telehealth Can Add to Providers’ Workflows if Not Properly Planned

by Eric Wicklund

A new study suggests that telehealth may add to the burden on local healthcare providers if not properly planned. As reported in Health Affairs, the study found that a telehealth program can increase the workload for specialists and healthcare...

Telehealth Can Work for Veterans Dealing With Depression

by Eric Wicklund

Veterans dealing with depression can be treated just as well with telehealth as with in-person care, according to a recent study. Studying more than 200 senior-aged veterans for one year between 2007 and 2011, researchers from the Medical University...

Study: Telemedicine Helps Small Hospitals Reduce NICU Transports

by Eric Wicklund

In yet another example of how telemedicine helps small hospitals hold onto their patients, a Mayo Clinic study found that online access to specialists helped one of every three complicated births avoid a transfer to a larger hospital with an...

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