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Johns Hopkins, US Navy Collaborate on New Telemedicine Program

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The U.S. Navy is working with Johns Hopkins University to launch a telemedicine program at its Pensacola, Fla. base. Through a pilot program called Connected Corpsmen in the Community (CCC), health engineers from JHU’s Applied...

Telemedicine Program Brings Diabetic Eye Exams to Upstate New York

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A long-awaited telemedicine program will soon enable healthcare providers in northern New York to screen patients for diabetic retinopathy. Funded by a grant from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and state funds secured by a local...

A Georgia Non-Profit Looks to Market Telehealth to Rural America

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The Global Partnership for Telehealth has launched a new strategy to increase adoption of connected health technologies in rural and remote parts of the country. It’s marketing its own telemedicine solution. The Georgia-based...

FCC Approves Connected Care Program Featuring Telehealth, RPM

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The Federal Communications Commission has unanimously approved a $100 million program designed to support telehealth and telemedicine programs for underserved populations, including remote patient monitoring programs that have shown past...

Massachusetts Fails to Approve Telehealth Parity Legislation

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Massachusetts lawmakers have failed to approve legislation that would have improved the state’s telehealth and telemedicine laws, further cementing the commonwealth’s reputation as one of least progressive states for connected...

Microsoft Grant Targets Rural Telehealth Projects in 3 States

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A Colorado startup is receiving grant funding from Microsoft to expand its school-based telehealth platform to bring connected health services to underserved communities in California, Texas and Maine. Numbers4Health got its start by...

mHealth Can Help Teens, Young Adults Struggling With Depression

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Teens and young adults are using mHealth and telehealth to research healthcare and connect with peers online, according to a nationwide survey. It suggests that tomorrow’s consumers are comfortable with connected health services -...

Hospitals Are Finding ROI in Remote Patient Monitoring Programs

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New research from a Washington, DC-based think tank suggests that remote patient monitoring will soon become a standard of care, as health systems use telehealth and mHealth to better manage a growing chronic care population and reduce...

New York City-based FQHC Launches Its First Mobile Health Unit

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A New York City-based federally qualified health center has converted a Winnebago van into a mobile health unit in an effort to improve access to care in underserved communities. Ryan Health, formerly the William F. Ryan Community Health...

Walgreens Launches An Online Marketplace for Telehealth, mHealth

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Walgreens has launched an mHealth platform designed to give its members online access to healthcare services, including telehealth. The “Find Care Now” digital health service, unveiled this week by the Deerfield, Ill.-based...

Congress Looks to Give SNFs More Telemedicine for Senior Care

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In the latest effort by Congress to compel Medicare to embrace telehealth, a group a lawmakers have submitted a bill that would enable skilled nursing facilities to adopt connected health technology. The Reducing Unnecessary Senior...

Groups Sue Anthem Over Telehealth-Friendly ER Review Policy

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A national payer’s policy of screening ER visits to promote telehealth and mHealth options is being challenged in court. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) have...

Virginia Commonwealth Tackles the Opioid Crisis With Telemedicine

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Healthcare providers across Virginia are using an innovative telemedicine program to collaborate in the battle against opioid abuse. Launched in May, the ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) program brings together practitioners...

Vanderbilt Uses Telemedicine to Extend Transplant Center’s Reach

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center is using telemedicine to extend the reach of its kidney transplant program and give Tennessee residents the opportunity to be screened for a transplant and receive continuing care closer to home. The...

CMS Makes a ‘Landmark Change’ in RPM, Telehealth Reimbursement

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Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled its proposed 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program, with several amendments designed to boost remote patient monitoring and telehealth...

Telemedicine Gives Specialists a Chance to Exercise Their Skills

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Telemedicine advocates have long argued that virtual care is equal to in-person care. But for some specialists augmenting their “day job” with eConsult services, that telehealth platform enables them to do more than they...

Army Ready to Test Telemedicine Platform for Emergency Transports

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The US Army is testing a telemedicine platform designed to transmit critical data from the field to the hospital, enabling providers there to better prepare for incoming patients. The connected care service might someday be used by health...

Rite Aid Eyes Telehealth Kiosks in New Deal With InTouch Health

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Rite Aid is taking another shot at telehealth kiosks. The national pharmacy chain, which saw its first foray into kiosks go south two years ago with the demise of HealthSpot, has agreed to a telehealth partnership with California-based...

Maryland Seeks Providers for New School-Based Telehealth Programs

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Maryland officials are looking to expand the state’s school-based telehealth platform. The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) has made available two $200,000 grants for new telehealth programs in the state, one to increase...

CMS Proposes More Medicare Reimbursement For Telehealth, RPM

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The federal government is once again moving toward acceptance of telehealth and remote patient monitoring with new rules on how Medicare reimburses providers for their use of connected health technology. The Centers for Medicare &...

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