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Telemedicine

Illinois OKs Medicaid Coverage for Mental Health Via Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved legislation mandating the state’s Medicaid program to reimburse behavioral and mental health providers for telehealth. The bill was one of five signed into law this week by Rauner, all...

PCORI Directs $31M in Grants Toward Innovative Telehealth Projects

by Eric Wicklund

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is putting more than $31 million into programs that will use telehealth and telemedicine to improve access to treatment. The Washington, D.C.-based non-profit created by Congress in...

Telemedicine Still Tops Health Execs’ Interests, With AI Rising

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare executives are still seeing a bright future for telehealth and telemedicine, with artificial intelligence quickly moving up the list of hot topics. A survey of roughly 100 health industry executives by Utah-based Reaction Data...

When Its Only Doctor Retired, A Rural Town Turned to Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

A Georgia university with a history of expanding telehealth resources into rural parts of the state has opened a new telemedicine clinic in a town whose one and only physician recently retired. The Mercer University School of Medicine...

WEDI, CAPP Unveil New Resources for Telehealth Program Development

by Eric Wicklund

With the gradual adoption of connected health services in the healthcare industry, there’s seemingly no shortage of resource materials for health systems and other sites interested in developing a telehealth or telemedicine...

Dignity Health, UCSF Move to Consolidate Their Telehealth Platforms

by Eric Wicklund

Two San Francisco-based health systems are joining forces to coordinate their mHealth and telehealth programs onto one enterprise-wide platform. Dignity Health, which comprises 40 hospitals and 400 healthcare sites in California, Arizona...

Johns Hopkins, US Navy Collaborate on New Telemedicine Program

by Eric Wicklund

The U.S. Navy is working with Johns Hopkins University to launch a telemedicine program at its Pensacola, Fla. base. Through a pilot program called Connected Corpsmen in the Community (CCC), health engineers from JHU’s Applied...

Telemedicine Program Brings Diabetic Eye Exams to Upstate New York

by Eric Wicklund

A long-awaited telemedicine program will soon enable healthcare providers in northern New York to screen patients for diabetic retinopathy. Funded by a grant from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and state funds secured by a local...

A Georgia Non-Profit Looks to Market Telehealth to Rural America

by Eric Wicklund

The Global Partnership for Telehealth has launched a new strategy to increase adoption of connected health technologies in rural and remote parts of the country. It’s marketing its own telemedicine solution. The Georgia-based...

Microsoft Grant Targets Rural Telehealth Projects in 3 States

by Eric Wicklund

A Colorado startup is receiving grant funding from Microsoft to expand its school-based telehealth platform to bring connected health services to underserved communities in California, Texas and Maine. Numbers4Health got its start by...

Virginia Commonwealth Tackles the Opioid Crisis With Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers across Virginia are using an innovative telemedicine program to collaborate in the battle against opioid abuse. Launched in May, the ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) program brings together practitioners...

Vanderbilt Uses Telemedicine to Extend Transplant Center’s Reach

by Eric Wicklund

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is using telemedicine to extend the reach of its kidney transplant program and give Tennessee residents the opportunity to be screened for a transplant and receive continuing care closer to home. The...

Telemedicine Gives Specialists a Chance to Exercise Their Skills

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine advocates have long argued that virtual care is equal to in-person care. But for some specialists augmenting their “day job” with eConsult services, that telehealth platform enables them to do more than they...

Army Ready to Test Telemedicine Platform for Emergency Transports

by Eric Wicklund

The US Army is testing a telemedicine platform designed to transmit critical data from the field to the hospital, enabling providers there to better prepare for incoming patients. The connected care service might someday be used by health...

Maryland Seeks Providers for New School-Based Telehealth Programs

by Eric Wicklund

Maryland officials are looking to expand the state’s school-based telehealth platform. The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) has made available two $200,000 grants for new telehealth programs in the state, one to increase...

Delaware Medical Board Tightens Up Its Telemedicine Regulations

by Eric Wicklund

Delaware’s Board of Medicine has tightened up its telehealth and telemedicine regulations. Following a public comment period, the board enacted new guidelines in June that clarify language in the state’s Medical Practice Act,...

Medicare Expands Remote Patient Monitoring for Home Health Agencies

by Jessica Kent

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed changes to the Home Health Prospective Payment System so that home health agencies can include the cost of remote patient monitoring on the Medicare cost report form. CMS...

Georgia’s First Mobile Telestroke Unit is Ready to Roll in Atlanta

by Eric Wicklund

Georgia is adding a new mobile health resource to its telemedicine service with the state’s first mobile stroke unit. The mobile stroke treatment unit, a specially equipped ambulance designed to bring telestroke care directly to the...

FCC Votes to Increase Broadband Funding for Telehealth Expansion

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers in rural parts of the country will soon have more flexibility to use telemedicine, thanks to an increase in funding for broadband expansion projects. The Federal Communications Commission this week unanimously...

Farm Bill to Increase Rural Telemedicine Awaits Senate Approval

by Jessica Kent

The House has passed the 2018 Farm Bill to increase funding for rural telemedicine and further combat the opioid crisis, and the bill is now awaiting Senate approval. The revised bill includes several amendments to improve health outcomes...

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