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PCORI Directs $31M in Grants Toward Innovative Telehealth Projects

August 22, 2018 - 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 2010 has approved a $13.3 million grant to West Virginia University for a project that will examine how physicians can use a connected health...


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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...

FDA OKs mHealth App That Uses AI to Spot Strokes, Alert Specialists

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators have approved an mHealth app that uses artificial intelligence to analyze CT images for signs of a stroke, potentially speeding up the time to treatment. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared for marketing...

Telehealth, Telemedicine Reimbursement Score Big in New Budget Deal

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth and telemedicine reimbursement scored huge successes in the budget deal signed into law by President Donald Trump, with one senator saying the law does more for Medicare coverage of telehealth than any past legislation. The...

Kaiser Study Gives Telemedicine High Marks in Stroke Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

Some 20 hospitals in northern California are using telemedicine carts to treat stroke patients almost twice as fast as the national average for stroke treatment. The hospitals, all part of the Kaiser Permanente network, are using the...

Telemedicine Workgroup Develops Curriculum for Teleneurology

by Eric Wicklund

With teleneurology and telestroke services quickly becoming commonplace in health systems across the country, a workgroup has developed a standardized curriculum for healthcare providers using the telemedicine platform. A 12-member group...

Telehealth Bills Targeting Stroke Care, MA Plans Show Progress

by Eric Wicklund

Two bills designed to improve telehealth and telemedicine access sailed through Congressional subcommittee reviews on Wednesday. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health approved H.R. 1148, the Furthering Access to Stroke...

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...

House Committee Poised to Consider Medicare Telehealth Bill

by Eric Wicklund

A bill seeking Medicare reimbursement for telestroke services could be headed to a Congressional vote this September. The FAST Act of 2017 (H.R. 1148) is included in the roster of Medicare-related bills to be reviewed this week by the...

mHealth Devices Get A.I. Support for Mobile Telestroke Units

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth devices used in acute care will soon be integrated with an artificial intelligence platform, giving first responders and other clinicians real-time clinical decision support tools during emergencies. The partnership announced...

Telemedicine-Friendly FAST Act Heads Back to Congress

by Eric Wicklund

Congress is set to revisit a bill that would expand Medicare reimbursement nationwide for telestroke services. The Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act, originally introduced in 2015, would alter the Social Security Act to...

Mobile Telestroke Units to Hit the Road in Chicago

by Eric Wicklund

Chicago is taking telestroke directly to the patient, with the deployment over the next few months of two specially equipped mobile vans. Northwest Medicine Central DuPage Hospital is scheduled to launch the first vehicle this month, and...

New Standards Validate Telemedicine in Stroke Care

by Eric Wicklund

Telestroke is finally getting its own guidance document. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have released a scientific statement on quality measures and outcomes for the use of telemedicine in stroke cases,...

Making the Case for In Transit Telestroke

by Eric Wicklund

Studies have long shown that telestroke services can significantly improve the survival rates on stroke patients. Now a study in New Jersey has found that even more time can be saved if those patients are diagnosed in the ambulance. The...

Kaiser Study Shows the Value of Telestroke Care

by Eric Wicklund

One of the nation’s largest health networks is adding to the literature supporting the life-saving aspects of a telestroke program. California-based Kaiser Permanente has released the results of a study, involving more than 2,500...

Saving Lives With Telestroke Care

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine might still be struggling to gain acceptance in healthcare circles, but one particular platform is proving its value. Five years ago, someone suffering a stroke in the tiny Mississippi community of Kosciusko would face an...

JAMA Report Shows Effectiveness of Mobile Telestroke Services

by Eric Wicklund

A study initiated by the Cleveland Clinic has found that stroke patients can be treated more quickly and effectively if the first responder has telemedicine access to a neurologist. Researchers reported a door-to-CT rate of 13 minutes on...

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