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mHealth, Telehealth Are Making the House Call Meaningful Again

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mHealth and telehealth have often been pitched as replacements for the in-person healthcare encounter, but some providers and payers now see mobile health as a means of improving the face-to-face visit. In many cases, they’re reviving the...

Telehealth Supporters Lobby DC for Better Broadband Connectivity

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A new bill on Capitol Hill seeks to help urban healthcare providers expand telemedicine programs to rural areas by giving them access to federal funds for broadband connectivity. The bill is part of a full-court press by rural healthcare providers,...

Texas Telemedicine Law Prompts Feds to Close Medical Board Probe

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Federal officials have closed their investigation of the Texas Medical Board over charges the board sought to unfairly restrict telemedicine providers. The Federal Trade Commission voted 2-0 to end its probe shortly after Gov. Greg Abbot signed...

VA Hospitals Connect Via Tele-ICU, Remote Patient Monitoring

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Two VA hospitals across the country from one another have connected through tele-ICU technology and remote patient monitoring tools to enhance the care of veterans under intensive care. A partnership between Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System...

In Value-Based Care, Telehealth’s Aim is Money Saved, Not Earned

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To find value in a telehealth or mHealth program, healthcare providers must look not at how much money they’ll make, but how much they’ll save. At the St. Louis-based Mercy health system, this means sending home about 1,300 patients...

New Jersey’s Telemedicine Regulations are Ready to Become Law

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Telemedicine legislation headed to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s desk would, among other things, enable physicians to use telehealth to establish a doctor-patient relationship, ensure the same standards of care as an in-person visit,...

VT Health System Offers Tele-ICU, Specialized Telemedicine Care

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A health system in Vermont launched a new telemedicine initiative that increases access to Tele-ICU and other forms of highly specialized patient care. Southwestern Vermont Medical System (SVMS) partnered with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System...

UVA Cites Success with Telemedicine, Telestroke in Rural Care

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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...

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....

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