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Employers Are High on Telehealth - But Not Necessarily on mHealth

March 9, 2018 - More and more employers are making telehealth a part of their health plans – and they’re adding incentives so that employees will choose telehealth over a visit to the doctor’s office or emergency room or urgent care center. That’s the take-away from a recent survey of more than 900 health plans by Gartner and DirectPath, and an indication that employers are not only...


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What Do Tomorrow’s Doctors Think of Mobile Health Technology?

by Eric Wicklund

Nathan Ratner is a third-year medical student at the University of Minnesota who placed third, with his team, in the 2017 Elsevier Hacks competition in Helsinki, Finland. In this Q&A, he talks about what today’s medical students –...

Spectrum Health Tackles the Flu With Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

With a flu epidemic in full swing, Michigan’s Spectrum Health system is using a direct-to-consumer telehealth platform to reduce the strain on local emergency departments and doctor’s offices and improve treatment options and outcomes...

Telemedicine Consults Help Save About $500 Per Patient

by Eric Wicklund

A telemedicine consult platform for cardiology cases saved almost $500 per patient in Medicaid costs over in-person treatments, according to a newly released study. In what’s being billed as the first published randomized study of the eConsult...

Making Telehealth a Valuable Part of Preventive Care Programs

by Eric Wicklund

An under-the-radar bill introduced in Congress last year could, if passed, pave the way for Medicare coverage of telehealth in preventive health programs. The Preventive Health Savings Act (S. 2164 and H B.. 2953) proposes to expand the window...

Telehealth Offers a Platform For Discussing Sensitive Health Issues

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers often see telehealth as an ideal platform for connecting with their patients on sensitive issues. Erectile dysfunction fits into that category quite nicely. Last month, a New York City-based startup armed with more than $3...

Health Systems Target Telehealth to Fill a Mental Healthcare Gap

by Eric Wicklund

At a time when anxiety and depression are as rampant as TV Christmas specials, health systems are turning to telehealth to meet a huge demand for discreet care. They’re finding success with platforms that connect patients to online therapy...

Hospitals Turn to Telemedicine to Tackle ER Triage, Overcrowding

by Eric Wicklund

A telemedicine platform that helps emergency departments triage patients just might be the answer to crowded ERs and physician staffing issues.  The virtual visit platform, developed by the Wisconsin-based startup EmOpti, is currently being...

Senators Include Telemedicine in New Bill to Modernize the VA

by Eric Wicklund

A new bill that seeks to modernize the oft-criticized Department of Veterans Affairs includes a provision allowing VA doctors to treat veterans via telemedicine no matter where they live. The 125-page Veterans Community Care and Access Act of...

UMMC Earns National Telehealth Center of Excellence Designation

by Eric Wicklund

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...

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...

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