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UVA Cites Success with Telemedicine, Telestroke in Rural Care

June 23, 2017 - Through the use of telemedicine and telestroke in rural care, the University of Virginia (UVA) reduced 30-day hospital readmission rates by 40 percent for patients with heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, stroke, and joint replacement. In a subcommittee hearing by the U.S Senate on FCC’s Universal Broadband Fund and Rural Healthcare...


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ATA Task Force to Study Environmental Effects of Telemedicine

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Can telemedicine help reduce global warming? The American Telemedicine Association will be asking that question, and many more, as it launches a task force to determine how telemedicine impacts climate change. Some telehealth and telemedicine...

Tele-ICU Offers Flexibility, Speed, Personalized Patient Care

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Tele-ICU, or the use of telemedicine within intensive care units, is emerging as a viable solution to improve the speed and personalization of care for patients in critical condition. At North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH), providers are now...

Telepharmacy Reduces Rural Care Disparities for Diabetics

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Telepharmacy, or the practice of using telemedicine to help patients administer their medications, helped diabetics in rural care settings significantly reduce weight, glycated hemoglobin (A1c) measures, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels...

New Jersey’s Telemedicine Legislation Faces a New Controversy

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New Jersey’s landmark telemedicine legislation could be running into a roadblock. The New Jersey General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee has amended Assembly Bill 1464 to limit to three years the provision that telemedicine be...

Mercy Virtual’s President Talks Telemedicine, Value-Based Care

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For telemedicine to truly contribute value to healthcare delivery, it has to be invisible. That is, in a nutshell, the goal for Dr. Randall S. Moore, MD, MBA, president of Mercy Virtual. Billed as the nation’s only hospital without beds,...

Video Visits for Insomnia Less Effective than Live Consults

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A study out of the University of North Texas (UNT) found that online video visits to receive cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for chronic insomnia were less effective than receiving treatment directly from a therapist or similar provider. Researchers...

Florida Cuts Telemedicine Out of New Medical Marijuana Law

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Florida lawmakers have passed legislation that prevents doctors from using telemedicine to issue a prescription for medical marijuana. The rule, part of 80 pages of legislation passed by lawmakers during a special session on June 9, requires...

Hospitals Expand Home Telemedicine, Remote Monitoring

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Hospital-based telemedicine and remote monitoring capabilities that extend access to specialty care and other services are becoming increasingly an increasingly popular option for patients and providers. The use of telemedicine and remote monitoring...

Telemedicine Gives ERs an Instant Link to Psychiatric Consults

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In busy emergency departments across the country, doctors are turning to telemedicine to provide one vital service they can’t often handle: the psychiatric consult. Roughly 13 percent of all ER visits require a mental health consult, according...

New Jersey Lawmakers on Track to OK Telemedicine Legislation

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New Jersey lawmakers are moving forward with a sweeping set of telemedicine regulations that would open the doors to telehealth, ensure parity and put the Garden State on track to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. In one of the last...

Emergency Room Telemedicine Consults Help Pediatric Patients

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The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) in Somerset, NJ is the latest hospital to offer emergency room telemedicine consults to improve access to care for high-acuity patients. The hospital can now connect patients  at its Somerset...

Is Telemedicine Reliable Enough for Conducting Eye Exams?

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Connecticut lawmakers are putting the brakes on telemedicine for eye exams, saying the technology isn’t advanced enough to replace the in-person visit. Similar battles over “ocular telehealth” and playing out in several states....

Top 10 Telemedicine Solutions by Hospital Site Implementations

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Driven by patient demand, improvements in technology, and the need to deliver healthcare outside the traditional hospital setting, health systems across the US are embracing telemedicine. Some are launching platforms to connect patients to specialist...

Primary Care Telemedicine Produces High Patient Satisfaction

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A new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine found that patients who were offered primary care telemedicine during a pilot program in Pennsylvania experienced high satisfaction with the service. JeffConnect, an initiative launched at...

Telemedicine Legislation Takes Aim at Chronic Kidney Disease

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The latest telemedicine legislation to appear on Capitol Hill seeks to make digital health a key component of treatment for chronic kidney disease treatment. The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2017 (H.R. 2644),...

Telemedicine, Remote Care May Forestall Rural Hospital Closure

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Telemedicine and remote care programs may help rural hospitals stay open while serving a greater number of patients, according to a new report from the Texas A&M Rural and Community Health Institute. According to the researchers, health disparities...

Ga. Payer Pushes Telehealth to Replace Unnecessary ER Visits

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A Georgia insurer is taking strong steps to promote telehealth as a replacement for most emergency room visits. Starting in July, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia will stop reimbursing for ER visits deemed to be unnecessary. The payer is recommending...

Mobile Health Application Reduces Depression Symptoms by 42%

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Researchers from Mount Sinai Hospital found that the use of a mobile health application helped patients reduce symptoms associated with major depressive disorder (MDD) by 42 percent. Over a six-week clinical trial, the research team provided...

Mobile Health Units Put the Emphasis on Access for mHealth

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Healthcare providers around the country are taking a literal approach to mobile health these days. They’re customizing RVs, vans, buses and ambulances with telemedicine tools and wireless connectivity to bring healthcare to underserved...

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