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Washington State Lawmakers to Debate 4 Separate Telehealth Bills

by Eric Wicklund

Washington state lawmakers will be taking up no less than four telemedicine bills this legislative session, thanks to one state senator who sees telehealth as a priority in the Pacific Northwest. “It’s a challenge for people...

Alaska’s Maritime Industry Looks to Telemedicine to Save Lives

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth services delivered through a mobile EHR platform are improving access to care for those who sail on and work in the frigid waters off Alaska. Alaska Maritime Physicians, an Anchorage-based provider serving a wide variety of...

Telemedicine Proves its Value in Improving Dermatology Consults

by Eric Wicklund

A network of seven community health centers in Massachusetts has cut specialist referrals in half by using a telemedicine platform, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for both the providers and the patients. The community...

NM Lawmakers Drop Telemedicine From Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill

by Eric Wicklund

New Mexico lawmakers have eliminated all references to telemedicine in a bill aimed at setting standards for physician-assisted suicide. Following a public hearing this week, legislators made two changes to HB 90, also called The...

ND Lawmakers Amend Bill to Support Store-and-Forward Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

North Dakota lawmakers are working on an amended telemedicine bill that would allow healthcare providers in the state to establish a doctor-patient relationship with new patients through asynchronous (store-and-forward) technology. The...

Hospital’s Telehealth Program Reduces ER Visits, Treatment Costs

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth program launched in 2016 to improve care management for patients with chronic conditions who aren’t in home health care has cut ER visits in half and reduced hospitalizations by almost 90 percent, according to hospital...

ATA Panelists Discuss Challenges, Promise of Telehealth Interoperability

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth will only succeed in the US if it becomes interoperable. That was the main takeaway from an American Telemedicine Association webinar this week, the opening salvo in a long-term campaign by the organization to promote...

Virginia Looks to Add Remote Patient Monitoring to Telehealth Law

by Eric Wicklund

Virginia lawmakers are considering a bill that would define remote patient monitoring and include it in the commonwealth’s telehealth and telemedicine guidelines. House Bill 1970 and Senate Bill 1221, both filed on January 9, define...

ACP Supports Telemedicine Standards in Latest Ethics Manual Update

by Eric Wicklund

The American College of Physicians has reinforced its support of telemedicine in establishing the doctor-patient relationship in first-time visits – as long as the virtual care platform includes audio-visual technology. That point...

AMA Survey Finds Medical Practices Are Slow to Embrace Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine and telehealth may be the norm rather than the exception in hospitals and health systems, but smaller medical practices still aren’t embracing connected care technology. A recent survey of some 3,500 physicians by the...

New York Considers Adding Telemedicine to Workers Comp Guidelines

by Eric Wicklund

New York may be taking a look at how telehealth can help the state’s worker’s comp system. Senate Bill 1042, introduced this week by state Senator Catharine Young proposes establishing a seven-member task force to examine how...

New Jersey Gets $2.3M to Expand Telehealth Programs for Children

by Eric Wicklund

New Jersey healthcare providers are getting more than $2.3 million to expand telehealth and telemedicine programs to identify and treat children with behavioral and mental health issues. The state will use a five-year $2.225 million grant...

Telemedicine Licensure Compact is Now Live in Half The Country

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers in half of the United States now have the opportunity to practice telehealth in multiple states. Michigan’s inclusion in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC), approved by lawmakers in 2018 and signed...

Intermountain Touts the Successes of its NICU Telehealth Program

by Eric Wicklund

An effective telemedicine platform will not only improve outcomes and reduce wasteful spending, but give smaller, rural hospitals the expertise to treat more of their patients and reduce stressful transfers to larger hospitals. That, in...

Telehealth Gives Patients a Real-Time Link to Mental Health Support

by Eric Wicklund

A Texas-based psychiatry clinic is using telehealth to help patients manage their health outside the doctor’s office. Carter Health Psychiatry & Wellness, located just south of Houston in Friendswood, has launched a remote...

Illinois Expands Reimbursement for Diabetes Care Via Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

A new law taking effect in Illinois this week expands coverage for telehealth programs aimed at seniors living with diabetes. HB 5351, passed in May 2018 and signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner in August, amends the Illinois Insurance Code to...

Will Telehealth and mHealth Fulfill Their Potential in 2019?

by Eric Wicklund

With 2019 on the doorstep, healthcare leaders are looking for clues as to what the coming year will hold for telehealth and mHealth. And while most of the experts have long since tossed out the time-worn “tipping point”...

New Mexico Bill Adds Telemedicine to Assisted Suicide Debate

by Eric Wicklund

A new bill in New Mexico seeks to add telemedicine to the “right to die” debate. The Elizabeth Whitefield End of Life Options Act (HB 90), introduced on Dec. 20 by State Rep. Deborah Armstrong, would enable qualifying...

EDs Face Obstacles in Integrating Pediatric Telemedicine Services

by Eric Wicklund

Only about 8 percent of the nation’s Emergency Departments have pediatric telemedicine units, according to new research. And while connected care platforms have been found to improve care management and clinical outcomes, some health...

Ochsner Adds Remote Patient Monitoring for Cardiac Implant Patients

by Eric Wicklund

The Ochsner Health System is launching a new remote patient monitoring service aimed at improving care management for patients with implanted cardiac devices. The New Orleans-based health system, one of the nation’s most progressive...

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