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Study: Retail Telehealth Offers As Many Challenges As Opportunities

by Eric Wicklund

The emergence of retail telehealth networks and the looming presence of big-name players like Amazon and Walmart in the healthcare space means consumers are on the cusp of true anytime, anywhere care. But is this a good thing? A new...

Wyoming Hospital Forges Partnerships to Launch a Telestroke Network

by Eric Wicklund

Wyoming’s largest hospital is launching a telestroke network with other hospitals in the mostly rural state. Wyoming Medical Center in Casper has signed a telemedicine partnership with Memorial Hospital of Converse County, located...

Michigan Lawmakers Move to Extend Ban on Telemedicine Abortions

by Eric Wicklund

Michigan lawmakers are moving forward with legislation to indefinitely extend a ban on abortions by telemedicine. The state’s Republican-majority Senate voted along party lines this week to continue a law enacted in 2012 that...

False Telemedicine Sessions at Center of Federal Fraud Crackdown

by Eric Wicklund

Law enforcement officials are beginning to catch up to healthcare providers who see telehealth as a means of stealing from the government. The latest case comes out of San Diego, where a nurse practitioner pled guilty this week to taking...

Anthem Launches DTC Telehealth Platform for Medi-Cal Members

by Eric Wicklund

One of the nation’s largest Medicaid programs is launching a direct-to-consumer telehealth platform for its members. Anthem Blue Cross announced this week that its 1.2 million Medicaid members in California’s Medi-Cal program...

USC, Northwestern to Study Antibiotic Prescribing Via Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at two universities are launching a five-year study to determine whether telemedicine can help healthcare providers improve their medication management habits. Funded by a grant from the Health and Human Services...

Home Health Provider Sees mHealth as a Channel to Value-Based Care

by Eric Wicklund

A home health agency serving Medicaid recipients in western New York is using an mHealth platform to improve care coordination for it most fragile patients. And for Raul Vazquez, MD, chief executive officer of the Greater Buffalo United...

mHealth Project to Use Smartphones to Tackle Pregnancy Challenges

by Eric Wicklund

The University of Texas is launching an mHealth project to track 1,000 pregnant women through the smartphones. Backed by a $1.2 million National Science Foundation Smart and Connected Health grant, researchers will use an mHealth app to...

New Group Lobbies for More Telehealth, mHealth in Medicaid Programs

by Eric Wicklund

Dozens of health technology companies have formed a non-profit aimed at lobbying for more telehealth and mHealth in Medicaid. Spurred by recent federal and state efforts to expand Medicaid programs targeting underserved populations,...

Mary Free Bed Hospital Adds Telemedicine to Improve Care Coordination

by Eric Wicklund

With a new telemedicine platform, Michigan’s Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is looking to take the “physical” out of physical rehabilitation. The 167-bed hospital, based in Grand Rapids, offers acute care...

Indian Health Adds Telemedicine to Opioid Abuse Treatment Strategy

by Eric Wicklund

The federal agency responsible for coordinating care for Native American and Alaskan Indian populations is launching a telemedicine platform to improve access to opioid abuse disorder (OAD) treatment. Rear Admiral Michael Toedt, MD, chief...

Ohio Hospital Using Telehealth to Tackle 911 calls, ER Overcrowding

by Eric Wicklund

An Ohio hospital is partnering with the local fire department and Miami University Oxford to launch a telehealth program aimed at the most frequent users of the 911 emergency system. Middletown-based Atrium Medical Center and the...

Texas Eyes Telemedicine for Students, Sexual Assault Survivors

by Eric Wicklund

A Texas legislator is looking to improve access to telemedicine for students with mental health issues and sexual assault survivors. Those proposals were included in a package of 11 bills filed this week by Texas State Senator Jane...

Rural Telehealth Project Examines Palliative Care, Population Health

by Eric Wicklund

Three Southeast hospitals are partnering with the University of Alabama at Birmingham on a study to determine whether a telehealth platform can improve palliative care options for rural African-Americans. Community hospitals in Aiken,...

Kansas Faces Lawsuit Over Anti-Abortion Clause in Telemedicine Law

by Eric Wicklund

A national women’s rights organization is taking Kansas to court over a clause in its newly enacted telehealth regulations that prohibits abortions via telemedicine. The Center for Reproductive Rights filed suit this week...

Mercy Virtual Uses mHealth Wearables to Create a New Model of Care

by Eric Wicklund

Officials at Mercy Virtual are hoping an mHealth patch that allows them to monitor patients in distant hospitals can also help them track patients at home. The St. Louis-based hospital, billed as the nation’s first free-standing...

Mass General Launches New mHealth Platform for Research Studies

by Eric Wicklund

Massachusetts General Hospital has announced plans to use an mHealth platform to collect digital health data and enhance collaboration between care providers and consumers taking part in research studies. The Boston hospital, one of the...

Ochsner, American Well Partner on Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

The Ochsner Health System has joined the direct-to-consumer telehealth movement. The New Orleans-based health system, long known for its innovative work in telehealth and mHealth, is partnering with American Well to launch Ochsner...

CMS Gives Telehealth a Nudge With Coverage for Virtual Check-Ins

by Eric Wicklund

Last week’s release of The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ 2019 Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program offered good news for providers looking to implement telemedicine for virtual check-ins. While...

CHIME’s Most Wired Survey Finds Telehealth Still Needs a Boost

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are using sophisticated patient portals to improve patient engagement, but they’re still lagging in connecting with patients for virtual care visits. According to the College of Health Information Management...

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