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UMMC Earns National Telehealth Center of Excellence Designation

October 6, 2017 - The University of Mississippi Medical Center has been named a National Telehealth Center of Excellence, the second health system to earn the federal distinction. Jackson-based UMMC was recognized for its 14-year-old telehealth and telemedicine program by the Health and Human Services Department’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) just days after the Medical University...


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Telehealth Bills Get Senate Approval, Good News From CBO

by Eric Wicklund

A bill to boost telehealth coverage in Medicare Advantage plans would reduce healthcare expenditures by $80 million over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO’s cost estimate of H.R. 3727 is welcome news...

7 Riddles to Solve When Launching a Telehealth Urgent Care Service

by Eric Wicklund

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...

Nemours Doctor Measures Telehealth Value in Patient Satisfaction

by Eric Wicklund

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...

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...

NQF Unveils Quality Measurement Framework Plan for Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth and telemedicine can make a positive impact on the nation’s healthcare system if they demonstrate improvement in health outcomes, processes and cost, quality measures are widely accepted and the definitions of measurement are...

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....

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...

Survey Finds Big Business is Refining its Telehealth Benefits

by Eric Wicklund

The latest survey on big business and healthcare finds that they’re moving from making telehealth a benefit to finding specific uses for the new service. As with last year’s survey, the “Large Employers’ 2018 Health Care...

Telehealth Counseling Study Shows Value Against In-Person Visits

by Eric Wicklund

A new study is reportedly one of the first to prove that telehealth counseling is just as good as in-person counseling for genetic test results. While the study, conducted in 2014 by researchers from four major health systems, focused on women...

Survey Suggests Employers Have Confidence in Telehealth, mHealth

by Eric Wicklund

Are telehealth programs and mHealth tools giving employers more confidence that they can support employee healthcare needs despite rising costs and chaos in the nation’s capital? A new survey from global advisory company Willis Towers Watson...

CBO Analysis Highlights ROI Challenge Faced by Telehealth Bills

by Eric Wicklund

A Congressional Budget Office analysis of a bill that would expand telestroke services may have hit upon a common roadblock in the advancement of telehealth and telemedicine legislation: The government won’t always see a quick ROI. The...

Telemental Health Program Targets Military Caregivers in Texas

by Eric Wicklund

A Texas healthcare provider is using a telemental health platform to connect with caregivers for military families, where depression rates are four times higher than other populations. Armed with a USAA grant, the University of Texas Health Science...

Wearable Device, mHealth, Telehealth Markets Expected to Grow

by Thomas Beaton

The total valuation of the wearable device, mHealth, and telehealth markets is expected to grow due to accelerated adoption of these tools by providers, hospitals, and patients, according to several market reports. mHealth solutions that improve...

In Value-Based Care, Telehealth’s Aim is Money Saved, Not Earned

by Eric Wicklund

To find value in a telehealth or mHealth program, healthcare providers must look not at how much money they’ll make, but how much they’ll save. At the St. Louis-based Mercy health system, this means sending home about 1,300 patients...

ATA Task Force to Study Environmental Effects of Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

Can telemedicine help reduce global warming? The American Telemedicine Association will be asking that question, and many more, as it launches a task force to determine how telemedicine impacts climate change. Some telehealth and telemedicine...

The Secret to Sustainability in Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers often launch a direct-to-consumer telehealth service in hopes of pulling in new patients. A new study now estimates how much business that platform might generate. A health system launching a virtual care platform can expect...

EHR Integration, Analytics Lead Hospitals to Enterprise Telehealth

by Thomas Beaton

Telehealth and telemedicine for many hospitals is moving from a departmental approach to a more centralized method that allows hospitals to capitalize on EHR integration and analytics-driven decision making. A new report from REACH Health found...

83% of Healthcare Orgs to Invest in Telehealth, mHealth Tools

by Thomas Beaton

Eighty-three percent of healthcare organizations responding to a American Telemedicine Association (ATA) poll said they are highly likely to invest in telehealth with operational efficiency and convenience in mind. Of the 171 healthcare executives...

AHRQ Seeks Data on Telehealth Value for Acute, Chronic Care

by Eric Wicklund

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is looking for more evidence that telehealth can help in the management of patients with acute and chronic conditions. The agency is looking for “scientific information submissions”...

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