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7 Riddles to Solve When Launching a Telehealth Urgent Care Service

September 27, 2017 - UCHealth isn’t making money on its urgent care telehealth service just yet. But that’s OK with the Colorado health system’s medical director of virtual health. “You can imagine this was not a popular program with primary care doctors,” said Christopher Davis, MD. “But at the same time this is a need, and we have to serve it.” Speaking at the MaineHealth...

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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,...

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...

Using Telemedicine to Boost HEDIS, Reduce Risk and Fight Blindness

by Eric Wicklund

A Missouri-based health system is using a telemedicine platform to improve quality measures for value-based care – and uncovering undiagnosed retinopathy in dozens of diabetic patients that could lead to blindness. CoxHealth, a five-hospital...

L.A. Schools to Test a New Telehealth Model

by Eric Wicklund

The nation’s second largest school district is launching an innovative telehealth program this fall, and it won’t cost the district a penny. In what could be a model for other cash-strapped school systems, the Los Angeles Unified...

NewYork-Presbyterian Expands its Telehealth Platform to Providers, Patients

by Eric Wicklund

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is debuting four new telehealth services, designed to serve both consumers and providers. The NYP OnDemand platform now includes a Digital Second Opinion service, Inter-Hospital Digital Consults and a Digital Emergency...

Telemedicine to Help Rural Docs Tackle Opioid Abuse

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are investing in telemedicine to fight the nation’s growing opioid abuse epidemic in three states. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is launching a three-year, $9 million effort to train rural healthcare...

A Payer Makes an Investment in Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

A Mid-Atlantic-based health plan is making an intriguing investment in telehealth. Baltimore-based CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is earmarking nearly $3 million in grant money to 10 nonprofits and public health programs to expand their telemedicine...

Project ECHO Poised to Become a National Telehealth Model

by Eric Wicklund

A ground-breaking telehealth project launched in 2011 to push hub-and-spoke videoconferencing platforms out to rural providers may become a national initiative. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have introduced the Expanding...

Telehealth Helps Houston FD Improve 911 Efficiency

by Eric Wicklund

The Houston Fire Department is using a telemedicine platform to screen 911 calls before they become unnecessary ER visits. Called Project Ethan (Emergency TeleHealth And Navigation), the platform links the city’s fire and rescue first-responders...

mHealth Put to Work on the Science of Sleep

by Eric Wicklund

IBM and Apple are bringing their mHealth platforms in to tackle a health issue that affects almost everyone: Getting a good night’s sleep. In a partnership announced late Tuesday at HIMSS16, IBM’s Watson Health and the American Sleep...

Army Telemedicine Pilot Targets a Familiar Pain Point: The ER

by Eric Wicklund

The U.S. Army is testing a telemedicine platform that connects non-urgent ER visitors in a Kentucky hospital with doctors at another hospital some 445 miles away. The project, launched on Feb. 2, aims to reduce wait times at Blanchfield Army...

Do Robots Have Value in Clinical Settings?

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine robots are being deployed in two hospitals in the United Arab Emirates in a nationwide effort to link emergency care centers to needed specialists. The robots, designed by Santa Barbara, Calif.-based InTouch Health, will be stationed...

Shriners Hospitals to Test Telemedicine for Orthopedic Consults

by Eric Wicklund

Shriners hospitals in Philadelphia, Salt Lake City and Galveston, Texas, will launch a telemedicine pilot next year to connect children with orthopedic specialists. The three hospitals will serve as hubs in the traditional “hub and spoke”...

Advice for the mHealth Coordinator? Plan Ahead, and Don’t Leave Anyone Out

by Eric Wicklund

Looking to launch a new telemedicine program? Don’t just think about one app, device or video visit platform, and don’t just make it for the patient, the doctor or the IT director. Map everything out, involve everyone in the process,...

Telemedicine Legislation Making Waves in Washington, Louisiana

by Ryan Mcaskill

There are many states debating telemedicine reimbursement and access. New legislation is being pushed as the technology has cemented itself as a standard healthcare service that is helping improve quality of care and lower costs. Washington pushes...

Illinois Telehealth Initiative Launched to Improve Adoption

by Ryan Mcaskill

Several hospitals and technology companies have come together to start the Illinois Telehealth Initiative. One of the major challenges in the healthcare realm is the growing gap between the number of people covered by some form of health insurance...


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