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Research Compares Telemedicine Abortions to In-Person Services

September 8, 2017 - Telemedicine abortions are as safe as those done by doctors in a clinic or hospital, according to the latest research from the University of California San Francisco. The large-scale study of some 20,000 patients comes at a time when 18 states have banned the procedure, which involves a remote exam and the prescription of abortion-causing drugs. But it gives advocates a game plan for states...

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Parkinson’s Patients, Doctors Find Value in Telehealth Visits

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth program for patients with Parkinson’s disease received high marks from both patients and doctors, according to a paper published this week in Neurology. Whether such a program can be sustained, researchers say, may depend on...

CMS Targets Telemedicine in Study to Curb SNF Hospitalizations

by Eric Wicklund

Three skilled nursing facilities in Florida are launching a telemedicine platform in a federal study to determine the cost-effectiveness of an off-hours virtual care service. The study could help the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...

Providers Like Virtual Care, But Sustainability Issues Linger

by Eric Wicklund

Roughly three-quarters of healthcare providers in a new survey say they’ve launched a telemedicine platform or are beginning pilot projects, but less than half say they’ve reached sustainability. The survey of 147 health systems,...

UC Riverside Testing Telemedicine Visits for MS Patients

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers have been using telemedicine to connect with patients at home who suffer from debilitating chronic conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.  Now the University of California Riverside is testing...

7.1M Patients Use Remote Monitoring, Connected Medical Devices

by Thomas Beaton

More than seven million patients now benefit from remote monitoring and the use of connected medical devices as an integral part of their care routines, says a new estimate from Berg Insights.  Remote monitoring use grew by 44 percent in...

mHealth Model focuses On Early Detection of Chronic Conditions

by Eric Wicklund

A Minneapolis health system is launching an mHealth tool designed to identify people at risk of diabetes or heart disease and steer them to treatment. Fairview Health Services is making the online health risk assessments available to its select...

Alabama Telehealth Project Focuses on Home Dialysis Patients

by Eric Wicklund

Roughly a dozen home dialysis patients in Alabama now have their monthly checkups via telehealth, thanks to a partnership between the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and the Alabama Department of Public Health. The pilot...

Virtual Care Within the EHR May Be a ‘Game-Changer’

by Eric Wicklund

Virtual visits may be all the rage these days, but healthcare providers have been slow to adapt – for one very good reason. The video visit may meet the patient’s desire for quick healthcare, but it’s often a nightmare for health...

Do Providers Really Benefit from Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth?

by Eric Wicklund

Is direct-to-consumer telehealth really that good for health systems? Commercial on-demand platforms may be all the rage these days, but some critics contend they disrupt healthcare far more than they should, and end up hindering health systems...

Mercy’s Telemedicine Network is Growing

by Eric Wicklund

Mercy Virtual’s telemedicine hub has gained another spoke. The high-tech “hospital without beds” in St. Louis announced a partnership with Penn State Health’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center during last week’s American...

Online Training, Cetification Offered for Virtual Care Doctors

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers generally agree that a virtual visit requires a different skillset than an in-person visit. Now a California-based telehealth provider is offering free training and certification for clinicians eager to get into the field....

Is Telemedicine As Reliable As The In-Person Visit?

by Eric Wicklund

A targeted test of eight popular direct-to-consumer telehealth platforms has found that roughly one in four visits produces an incorrect or incomplete diagnosis – and doctors performing these virtual visits followed standard protocols little...

HIMSS Set to Shine the Spotlight on Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

When WebMD CEO David Schlanger mentioned this month that the online media and information company was looking at the telehealth space, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise. The company has hinted at such a move for a few years. But a lot...

Mercy Virtual Aims for a National Telemedicine Network

by Eric Wicklund

Mercy Health’s new virtual healthcare program has announced its first big partnership, the first cog in what might someday be a nationwide (or even global) telemedicine network. The deal, announced earlier this month, will have Mercy Virtual...

Video Visits Gaining Favor Among Providers and Patients

by Eric Wicklund

More than 80 percent of providers and patients are satisfied with video-based care as a means of reaching people in rural locations, according to a new survey. The University of Missouri School of Medicine survey, “User Satisfaction with...

Spectrum Health Takes its Telehealth Platform In-House

by Eric Wicklund

When Spectrum Health jumped into the virtual care arena in 2014, administrators realized they would need help developing the platform. They turned to MDLive, a Florida-based online care provider. A little more than a year later, they’re...

Telemedicine Moves Primary Urgent Care Out of the ED and Into the Home

by Eric Wicklund

Close to 200 hospitals in 29 states are gaining access to one of the nation’s largest telehealth platforms, in a bid to move primary urgent care out of the ED and online. Boston-based American Well has announced a contract to extend its...


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