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School Telehealth Program Offers a Different Route to ROI

by Eric Wicklund

School-based telehealth programs are proving their value in a number of states. But in a twist from the norm, one school district has seen strong ROI in a platform for teachers and staff – and now wants to extend that service to its students....

Digital Health Workshop Leads to Partnerships for Cedars-Sinai

by Eric Wicklund

Cedars-Sinai has launched partnerships with three mHealth companies, all graduates of the health system’s recent Techstars Healthcare Accelerator. The Los Angeles-based health system is launching programs to help patients access post-acute...

USDA Telemedicine Grants Target Opioid Abuse

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are using telemedicine grants to combat a growing opioid epidemic in three mid-Atlantic and southern states. About $1.4 million was pledged to five projects in Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom...

mHealth Pilot Targets Underserved Women Veterans

by Eric Wicklund

There are more than 5 million female Armed Forces veterans in the U.S., and 72 percent refuse to go to a VA hospital or clinic. An mHealth pilot awaiting Congressional approval would try to solve that problem. A pair of mHealth companies have...

Alabama Telehealth Project Focuses on Home Dialysis Patients

by Eric Wicklund

Roughly a dozen home dialysis patients in Alabama now have their monthly checkups via telehealth, thanks to a partnership between the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and the Alabama Department of Public Health. The pilot...

Telepharmacies Give Providers a Growing Rx for Success

by Eric Wicklund

In rural communities across the country, it’s often more difficult to find a pharmacist than it is to find a doctor. Now healthcare providers are using telemedicine platforms to create telepharmacy networks and bring the pharmacist into...

Are mHealth Kiosks Making a Comeback?

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth enthusiasts take note: The kiosk isn’t dead yet. While HealthSpot’s assets – including hundreds of the bankrupt company’s room-sized kiosks – were disposed of in an online auction over the Memorial Day weekend,...

Do Providers Really Benefit from Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth?

by Eric Wicklund

Is direct-to-consumer telehealth really that good for health systems? Commercial on-demand platforms may be all the rage these days, but some critics contend they disrupt healthcare far more than they should, and end up hindering health systems...

PCORI Grant Puts Telehealth to the Test with Hepatitis C Patients

by Eric Wicklund

The State University of New York is getting a $7 million grant to test the effectiveness of telemedicine in treating certain patients with the hepatitis C virus.   The grant, from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI),...

Mercy’s Telemedicine Network is Growing

by Eric Wicklund

Mercy Virtual’s telemedicine hub has gained another spoke. The high-tech “hospital without beds” in St. Louis announced a partnership with Penn State Health’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center during last week’s American...

VA Expands Telehealth Access for Veterans

by Eric Wicklund

The nation’s largest healthcare network is launching a new telehealth initiative. The Department of Veterans Affairs is putting the focus on behavioral health with a network of Mental Health Telehealth Resource Centers, designed to tackle...

mHealth and Seniors: ATA to Shine a Light on Home-Based Monitoring

by Eric Wicklund

America’s fastest growing population – its seniors - is pushing healthcare to help them age gracefully, and healthfully. And they’re turning to telehealth to make that happen. With the American Telemedicine Association convening...

Telehealth Sees Success in Therapy

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth-based therapy programs for stroke survivors have helped increase cognitive and language skills and enabled patients to receive therapy five times more often, according to one company. The survey of more than 20 million therapy sessions...

Can Telehealth Solve the Indian Health Service’s Problems?

by Eric Wicklund

The Indian Health Service is turning to telehealth to improve access to more than 130,000 Native Americans spread out across the Great Plains states. The national health system has put out the call for telehealth proposals to serve a seven-hospital...

Telehealth Study Finds a Willing Market in ACA Enrollees

by Eric Wicklund

A RAND Health study has found that teledermatology can boost the number of people accessing dermatology services, both online and in person. That includes people who might not otherwise want – or need – to see a dermatologist. The...

Study: Video Therapy Can Help Cancer Patients

by Eric Wicklund

Video therapy may help the estimated half of all cancer patients who suffer some form of memory loss after chemotherapy. It’s the latest in a growing number of reports that tout the value of video visits in reaching rural and underserved...

Telemedicine Chemotherapy Program Sees Success Down Under

by Eric Wicklund

What better location to prove the value of telemedicine than the Australian Outback? Videoconferencing platforms have proven their value in the U.S. for diverse healthcare services like abortions, ER consults and behavioral health. Now a hospital...

Telehealth Cuts Treatment Costs, Improves Outcomes for Autistic Children and Their Families

by Eric Wicklund

A new study out of the University of Iowa finds that parents of children on the autism spectrum can greatly reduce their treatment costs by using telehealth. The platform could also improve a family’s ability to communicate with an autistic...

Abortion-by-Telemedicine Pilot Launches in 4 States

by Eric Wicklund

A first-of-its-kind telemedicine abortion pilot has begun in four states, giving women an opportunity to receive their medications by mail and speak with a doctor from their own home. The project, developed by New York-based Gynuity Health Services,...

Using mHealth to Create A ‘Panoramic View’ of Substance Abuse

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers often look at connected health technology as the key to enforcing behavior change, if they could just figure out how to use it. Nowhere is that more important than in addiction recovery, where behaviors can be life-threatening....

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