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ATA Looks to Take Telehealth Out of The Hospital and Into The Home

April 20, 2018 - To Ann Mond Johnson, the biggest barrier to the expansion of telemedicine isn’t reimbursement, licensure or uneven regulations. It’s patient engagement. “We have to make a difference in people’s lives,” says the newly appointed CEO of the American Telemedicine Association. “We have to get rid of the distractions … and meet the community where they...


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Milwaukee’s Mobile Health Program Shows Benefits of Care Coordination

by Eric Wicklund

A mobile health program launched in 2015 by the Milwaukee Fire Department has reduced 911 calls from so-called “frequent flyers” by more than 50 percent over the past two years. Officials say those callers – identified by the...

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 a survey...

NYC Urgent Care Clinics Add mHealth to Help With Care Coordination

by Eric Wicklund

A network of urgent care clinics in New York City has added an mHealth messaging platform to give patients access to post-discharge care coordination services. Manhattan-based CityMD, which boasts more than 85 locations in the New York City metro...

mHealth Gives Pharmacists a Powerful Diabetes Management Platform

by Eric Wicklund

A medical journal is suggesting that pharmacists use telemedicine and mHealth to play a more active role in medication management for people with diabetes – a move that could improve adherence, reduce errors and boost clinical outcomes....

Community Health Centers Use Telehealth to Boost Specialty Consults

by Eric Wicklund

A unique partnership in Washington is using telehealth to connect physicians in 20 community health centers with volunteer doctors across the country for specialist consults. Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW), a not-for-profit plan created...

mHealth Replaces The Specialist Consult in Retinopathy Detection

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators have given the green light to mHealth technology that can identify diabetic retinopathy in adults without the need for a specialist consult. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the IDx-DR, which uses artificial...

New Mobile Health Program Aims to Avoid Unnecessary ER Visits

by Eric Wicklund

The ambulance company serving New Mexico’s Valencia County is partnering with two health plans to launch a community paramedicine program, giving residents access to mobile health services in their homes. American Medical Response unveiled...

New NIH Program Eyes mHealth, Telehealth as Pain Management Tools

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth platforms and mHealth devices targeting pain relief may play a significant role in the National Institutes for Health’s new initiative to combat opioid abuse. Unveiled at last week’s 2018 National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin...

Research Validates Telemedicine in Identifying ROP in Newborns

by Eric Wicklund

Doctors can use telemedicine images to identify a rare cause of blindness in premature babies with as much accuracy as if they were examining the infant in person, according to international research done by eight health systems. Led by the Oregon...

Senate Committee Embraces Telemedicine in Opioid Crisis Response Act

by Eric Wicklund

The Senate HELP (Health Education, Labor & Pensions) Committee is adding its weight to efforts to make telemedicine a prominent strategy in the nation’s battle against opioid abuse. The 23-member committee this week unveiled a comprehensive...

Telemedicine Helps Sports Doctors Manage Their Patient Workload

by Eric Wicklund

A telemedicine program to manage care for sports-related orthopedic injuries reduces the cost and time of treatment, according to physicians at two prominent Mid-Atlantic health systems. It also rates quite highly on the patient satisfaction...

Telehealth Services Expand Veteran Access to Mental Healthcare

by Jessica Kent

The Cohen Veterans Network (CVN), an integrated mental health system for veterans and their families, recently announced that they will soon offer low or no cost telehealth services across Washington state to help reduce the epidemic of veteran...

Research Shows Telehealth Service Use, Availability on the Rise

by Jessica Kent

Telemedicine is on the rise as telehealth services are becoming increasingly available to patients across the country, especially among those seeking mental healthcare. FAIR Health, a nonprofit organization, recently released a white paper analyzing...

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 Association...

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 Health...

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 services....

Temple Launches Telehealth Program For Pulmonary Fibrosis Patients

by Eric Wicklund

Temple University is launching a nationwide telemedicine program targeting care management for people suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The Temple Lung Center at Temple University Hospital, which performed a nation-high 131...

FDA Letter Challenges Opternative’s Ocular Telehealth Platform

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators may sanction the developer of an ocular telehealth platform over charges the company hasn’t received the necessary approvals to offer the online eye exams. In a letter dated Oct. 30, 2017 and made public this past week,...

Telemedicine Trial Targets Pregnant Women Battling Opioid Addiction

by Eric Wicklund

A new study aims to determine whether telemedicine can be used to improve outcomes for rural women who are pregnant and struggling with an opioid addiction. Lorie Harper, MD, an assistant professor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s...

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