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St. Joseph’s Villa Uses Telehealth to Connect With Children in Crisis

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Sometimes a telehealth program’s best feature is its ability to start a conversation. At St. Joseph’s Villa in Richmond, Va., a simple virtual visit platform has turned an eight-bed crisis stabilization center into an...

FDA Challenge Eyes Digital Health Technology to Combat Opioid Abuse

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Federal officials and healthcare organizations are ramping up efforts to use mHealth and telehealth to combat the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week launched an effort to bring connected...

Texas Governor Lobbies for Statewide School Telehealth Program

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants to expand an innovative school telehealth program across the state, giving at-risk students access to telemental health services before they pose a risk to themselves or others. The proposed expansion of...

Will a Payer’s New ER Policy Give Telehealth a Boost in Texas?

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A move by Texas’ largest health insurer to reduce unnecessary ER visits could provide a welcome boost to direct-to-consumer telehealth programs in the state. Beginning in June, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas will begin...

Telehealth Holds Its Own in Helping Stroke Victims Recover Mobility

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Stroke patients who use telehealth to recover at home do just as well as those who undergo physical rehabilitation at a clinic. That’s the take-away from a study conducted by Dr. Steven C. Cramer at the University of California at...

mHealth Programs Look For Clinical Value to Medical Marijuana

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Healthcare providers are turning to mHealth to study whether medical marijuana can produce positive clinical outcomes. Up until now, much of the mobile health activity in this controversial field has focused on mHealth apps and tools that...

Telehealth May Save Money, But It’s Not Yet a Necessity for Consumers

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A typical telehealth visit can save the average consumer about $100. Now all that’s left is to convince the average consumer to take advantage of the option. That’s the take-away from research recently conducted by Regence,...

Senators Target Medicaid in Telehealth Bills Tackling Opioid Abuse

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Several Senators are launching an all-out effort to make telehealth and telemedicine services a pivotal strategy in tackling the nation’s opioid abuse crisis. While at least three pieces of legislation are already making their way...

Hospitals Turn to Telehealth to Connect With Transplant Patients

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The success of a telehealth program for people on home dialysis is prompting the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine to expand its horizons to transplant patients. UAB officials recently announced that the health...

Opening Up the OR: Using Telemedicine to Enhance Collaboration

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A Pennsylvania health system is seeing unexpected benefits in deploying telemedicine technology inside the operating room. Abington Hospital –Jefferson Health, which comprises two Abington-area hospitals, six outpatient clinics and...

North Carolina Lawmakers Ready to Take On New Telehealth Legislation

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North Carolina lawmakers are pushing ahead with a new bill to set payment and coverage parity standards for telehealth, while also requiring patient consent before any treatment. The bill, HB 967, follows up on legislation passed last...

In a Competitive Market, Telehealth Can Be a Valuable Commodity

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UPMC is using its telehealth and telemedicine network to attract new patients in central Pennsylvania – possibly to the detriment of one of its biggest competitors. The Pittsburgh-based health system recently announced an expansion...

AACN Updates Guidelines for Nurses in ICU Telemedicine Programs

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The success and expansion of telemedicine programs across the country that focus on ICU care – also known as teleICU programs – has given rise to a new question: How should these programs be designed for nurses? The American...

A Telepsychiatrist Talks About the Power of mHealth Technology

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In telemental health, one of the most important attributes is immediacy. And Dr. Thomas Kim is never more than a tap on a smartphone app away from someone in crisis. “We should never discount the power in our pocket,” the...

Senators to FCC: Better Rural Connectivity Means More Telehealth

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The Senate is challenging the Federal Communications Commission on two fronts in an effort to improve broadband and cellphone connectivity in rural areas – key ingredients to expanding telehealth and telemedicine programs to reach...

State Medicaid Programs Are Seeing the Value of Telehealth at Home

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State lawmakers are coming around to the concept of allowing Medicaid members to access telehealth and telemedicine services from their own homes. In its spring 2018 update of the State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report,...

A Telemedicine Program Links ICU Patients to Clinicians Down Under

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An Atlanta health system is seeing enough good results from a telemedicine platform in Australia that it’s opening a second eICU Down Under. Officials at Emory Healthcare have announced a new remote intensive care partnership with...

A Health Plan Finds Success in Using mHealth For Care Coordination

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Officials at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska are hoping their new mobile health platform will not only improve communications with members, but give those members more opportunities to talk about health and wellness with their care...

Kansas Enacts New Telemedicine Law With Anti-Abortion Language

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Kansas has passed new legislation defining telemedicine and telehealth and setting parity guidelines. Gov. Jeff Colyer signed H.B. 2028 into law over the weekend.   The new law contains a clause banning the use of telemedicine in...

Is CMS Giving Telehealth Its Due In Its New Rural Health Strategy?

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CMS is making telehealth and telemedicine a cornerstone in its first Rural Health Strategy. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled the first-ever program this past week, releasing a five-point, eight-page initiative to...

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