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Nemours Doctor Measures Telehealth Value in Patient Satisfaction

September 21, 2017 - To Dr. Alfred Atanda Jr., telehealth isn’t always about improving clinical outcomes. It’s also about making the best use of the patient’s and doctor’s time and reducing costs. Atanda, an orthopedic surgeon at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware, has used a telehealth platform for roughly three years in his sports medicine practice. He sees...


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Telehealth Will Only Benefit Seniors if They Know It’s Available

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth is touted as an important avenue for seniors looking to stay healthy and at home, yet almost 90 percent of seniors recently surveyed said they either don’t have access to telehealth through their Medicare plan or they don’t...

PCORI Eyes mHealth, Telehealth Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis

by Eric Wicklund

Three projects to test mHealth and telehealth platforms in the treatment of multiple sclerosis are slated to get more than $14 million in grant funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The studies are part of a five-program,...

UK Research Links mHealth to Better Treatments for Sleep Disorders

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth therapy can help treat insomnia and mental health disorders arising from sleeplessness, according to a UK-based study. The study of some 3,755 college students between March 2015 and February 2016, detailed in The Lancet, found that Internet-based...

Telehealth Programs Look Past Reimbursement to Find Clinical Value

by Eric Wicklund

Not content to wait for insurers to reimburse them for telehealth, some health systems are launching remote patient monitoring programs with an eye to avoiding unnecessary expenses. In Hudson, N.Y., Columbia Memorial Hospital is sending telehealth...

Research Compares Telemedicine Abortions to In-Person Services

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine abortions are as safe as those done by doctors in a clinic or hospital, according to the latest research from the University of California San Francisco. The large-scale study of some 20,000 patients comes at a time when 18 states...

Telehealth, mHealth Studies Show the Value of Proper Preparation

by Eric Wicklund

A recent study found that a mobile health platform can cause an increase in office visits and a decrease in new business. Now telehealth advocates are saying that study could actually help the industry. Conducted by researchers at the University...

Harvey’s Aftermath Brings mHealth, Telehealth to the Forefront

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth companies are opening their platforms to residents of Texas and Louisiana who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey, the first of what may be a months- or even years-long effort to include the technology in relief and recovery operations....

With Telehealth, R.I. Docs Open a Portal to the Entire Care Team

by Eric Wicklund

For physicians using telehealth tools to connect with patients, that famed “aha” moment no longer comes when the technology is turned on. The real breakthroughs happen when a doctor begins an online conversation. “Now, out of...

Telehealth Extended to NY Adult Centers; Schools May Come Next

by Eric Wicklund

New York’s governor has signed legislation extending telemedicine and telehealth to seniors in care centers, and could soon be extending the platform to schools and day care centers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week signed into law A1464, which...

Mass. Health Systems Lobby for Telehealth Parity, State Support

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers in Massachusetts are urging state officials to make telehealth more accessible to meet a growing lack of access to mental health services. At a recent roundtable, representatives of several health systems lamented that the...

Telehealth Offers a Vital Resource to Maine’s Island Residents

by Eric Wicklund

The success of telehealth has always been closely tied to the idea of bringing healthcare to those who have problems with access. To the 700 or so residents of several islands off Maine’s Downeast region, that success is tied to a video...

Telemedicine May Prove Valuable in Rural Sexual Assault Cases

by Eric Wicklund

A new program in Pennsylvania plans to use telemedicine to help nurses identify and treat sexual assault victims. The Penn State College of Nursing is using a Justice Department grant to launch the program through the Pennsylvania Sexual Assault...

CMS Reimbursing For Telemedicine Even As It Scales Back Programs

by Eric Wicklund

In a bit of good news-bad news for the telemedicine industry, federal officials said they will reimburse healthcare providers for their telemedicine expenses in a bundled payment program – even as they announced plans to scale back that...

Parkinson’s Patients, Doctors Find Value in Telehealth Visits

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth program for patients with Parkinson’s disease received high marks from both patients and doctors, according to a paper published this week in Neurology. Whether such a program can be sustained, researchers say, may depend on...

Abortion Access Study Ties Telemedicine to Reduced Care Costs

by Eric Wicklund

Women who have access to abortion services via telemedicine could save thousands of dollars by using the platform for follow-up care instead of going to the nearest hospital ER. That’s the conclusion reached by Advancing New Standards in...

Telemedicine Could Help Medicaid Patients With Specialty Access

by Eric Wicklund

New research indicates telemedicine consults for specialty referrals could improve much-needed access for Medicaid populations. It also could offer support to an innovative telehealth platform now being used in nine states to connect doctors,...

CMS Targets Telemedicine in Study to Curb SNF Hospitalizations

by Eric Wicklund

Three skilled nursing facilities in Florida are launching a telemedicine platform in a federal study to determine the cost-effectiveness of an off-hours virtual care service. The study could help the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...

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...

Could Trump’s Opioid Emergency Boost Telemedicine, mHealth Use?

by Eric Wicklund

President Donald Trump’s surprise announcement this week to declare a national emergency on opioid abuse could thrust telemedicine and mHealth into the spotlight. If and when it happens, the declaration would “enable the federal government...

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