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Designing the Ideal Telemedicine Program for Parkinson’s Treatment

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A comprehensive review of telehealth programs serving people with Parkinson’s disease finds that researchers still aren’t certain whether a virtual care program is better than a more reliable office-based visit. Still, the...

Telehealth Providers Look to Expand Their International Presence

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One of the nation’s largest telehealth providers is expanding its platform to offer connected care services to multinational companies, Americans living abroad and those going on vacation outside the US. Teladoc Health’s new...

West Coast Hospitals Get FDA Grant for Pediatric mHealth Support

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A consortium of West Coast children’s hospitals and universities is getting more than $6 million from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to continue research and development of mHealth and telehealth technology for children. The...

John Hancock Makes mHealth a Part of All Insurance Policies

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One of America’s oldest insurers is switching from traditional policies to an interactive model that tracks member health through mHealth devices, including wearables. John Hancock announced this week that its interactive life...

Florida Dumps Telehealth Bill, Leaving Some Questions Unanswered

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Florida lawmakers have failed to pass a bill that would have clarified guidelines for telemedicine and telehealth, leaving certain healthcare providers in the Sunshine State uncertain as to how to use connected care platforms. Senate Bill...

Fitbit Launches a Connected Health Platform for mHealth Coaching

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Fitbit is launching a telehealth platform designed to offer coaching and support for healthcare providers, employers and others using mHealth devices in connected health programs. With the launch of Fitbit Care, the California-based...

HHS Makes a Pitch for Telemedicine in Substance Abuse Treatment

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The Health and Human Services Department wants to remind everyone that telemedicine can be an important tool in treating people with addiction and substance abuse issues. In a blog timed to coincide with Prescription Opioid and Heroin...

New Bill Takes Aim at Originating Site Restrictions for Telehealth

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Even as new legislation to tackle the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic snakes its way through Capitol Hill, members of Congress are introducing new bills designed to make telehealth and telemedicine a pivotal tool for Medicaid-based...

Are Healthcare Providers Getting Comfortable With Telehealth?

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While research has long suggested that telehealth can be more cost-effective than the in-person visit, new studies are suggesting that doctors who use connected care technology are also becoming better care providers. A year-long...

Occupational Therapists Find Scant Support for Telehealth Adoption

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Telehealth has the potential to help many healthcare specialties, including occupational therapy. But the path to launching a connected health platform isn’t that easy. That’s what Cynthia Abbott-Gaffney discovered. A...

House Bill Seeks Medicaid Support for Expanding Telehealth Services

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As Congress lurches toward voting on legislation to tackle the nation’s opioid crisis, a bill newly introduced in the House aims to help state Medicaid programs use telehealth to treat people with substance abuse issues. Rep Ben Ray...

The MAVEN Project Gives Busy Health Clinics a Telehealth Resource

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A network of volunteer physicians is using telehealth to provide consults and mentorship to where it’s needed the most – health clinics serving the underserved. The volunteers offer their services for free under the MAVEN...

Telehealth Groups Back FCC’s Proposed Connected Care Pilot Program

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Healthcare groups are coming out in support of the Federal Communications Commission’s $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program, saying the proposed telehealth project could improve access to care for rural and remote Americans by...

Alabama VA Replaces Mobile Health Units With Telehealth Centers

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is replacing mobile health units in Alabama with dedicated telehealth centers in an effort to improve access to healthcare for veterans. The VA has recently opened telehealth centers at Bryan W....

Ambulance Company Eyes mHealth Reliability With FirstNet Platform

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A private ambulance service serving three southern US states will soon be using mHealth and telehealth devices on a specially designed broadband network to improve care coordination and management. Acadian Ambulance, based in Lafayette,...

Planning a Hospital Strategy for Broadband, Telehealth Expansion

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As hospitals and health systems launch new telehealth and telemedicine programs, one of the major challenges is finding enough broadband to handle the service. “Unless broadband in the US improves, the promise of telehealth will...

VA Hospitals Use Telemedicine to Improve Antibiotic Stewardship

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A telemedicine platform linking two small VA hospitals with infectious disease experts has helped staff at those hospitals improve their antibiotic stewardship. The pilot program, detailed this month in Infection Control and Hospital...

California Mulls Guidelines for School Telemental Health Programs

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California lawmakers are pushing a bill to develop a statewide policy for telehealth and telemedicine that will give students remote access to mental health services. AB 2315, which is now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, calls on...

Consumers Are Avoiding the ER - But Not in Favor of Telehealth

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Hospitals and health systems are launching direct-to-consumer telehealth platforms to push people with non-acute health concerns away from the emergency department and toward virtual visits. But while new research suggests ED traffic is...

Wisconsin Program to Study Telehealth, mHealth for Senior Care

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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is partnering with a network of senior living centers to test telehealth and mHealth platforms for senior care. UWM’s Partners for Health Program is working with Heritage Senior Living to enable...

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