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2017: A Look Back At The Year In State Telemedicine Legislation

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Some 63 pieces of legislation focusing on telehealth or telemedicine were approved by 34 state Legislatures this year, according to the Center for Connected Health Policy. The various bills cover a wide variety of digital health issues,...

Researchers Ready to Test mHealth Diagnostic Device for Head Injuries

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Harvard University researchers are ready for large-scale testing of an mHealth device that could detect traumatic brain injury from a drop of blood. The researchers are working with Boston-based mobile health device company BioDirection...

Health Systems Target Telehealth to Fill a Mental Healthcare Gap

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At a time when anxiety and depression are as rampant as TV Christmas specials, health systems are turning to telehealth to meet a huge demand for discreet care. They’re finding success with platforms that connect patients to online...

Kaiser Study Gives Telemedicine High Marks in Stroke Treatment

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Some 20 hospitals in northern California are using telemedicine carts to treat stroke patients almost twice as fast as the national average for stroke treatment. The hospitals, all part of the Kaiser Permanente network, are using the...

Telemedicine Helps NYC Jails Cut Costs and Complexity in Prisoner Care

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A trip to the doctor’s office isn’t an easy task for residents of New York’s City’s 12 municipal jails or their jailers. A telemedicine platform, however, could make things a lot easier. NYC Health + Hospitals is...

FCC Project Looks to Tie Broadband, Telehealth to Better Cancer Care

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A new partnership will examine whether better broadband access in remote parts of Kentucky can boost telehealth and mHealth programs that improve outcomes for cancer patients. The Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health...

Hospitals Turn to Telemedicine to Tackle ER Triage, Overcrowding

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A telemedicine platform that helps emergency departments triage patients just might be the answer to crowded ERs and physician staffing issues.  The virtual visit platform, developed by the Wisconsin-based startup EmOpti, is...

Telemedicine Advocates Cry Foul Over FCC’s Net Neutrality Plan

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Telehealth and telemedicine experts are warning that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to scrap net neutrality rules could seriously damage telehealth expansion in rural parts of the country and create a...

NewYork-Presbyterian, Walgreen’s Announce Telehealth Collaboration

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A New York City health system is the latest to partner with a national pharmacy chain on a telehealth program, using kiosks to provide consumers with on-demand healthcare. NewYork-Presbyterian announced this week that a kiosk is now...

Philips Strengthens RPM Platform With New Telehealth Partnership

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Philips is strengthening its remote patient monitoring platform with the acquisition of a telehealth company specializing in population health technology. The company’s deal with VitalHealth, a Dutch company launched in 2006 out of...

North Dakota Lawmakers Mull Video-Only Telehealth for First Visits

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North Dakota lawmakers are grappling with a proposal to restrict telemedicine in first-time episodic patient care, a move that could prevent rural residents from accessing care online. The state Legislature’s Administrative Rules...

Health System Executives Are Optimistic About Telehealth, mHealth

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Less than half of the health systems surveyed in a new report are getting reimbursed for remote patient monitoring or virtual care – but that isn’t stopping them from launching new telehealth and telemedicine...

Workers Comp Execs See Telehealth as a Tool to Manage Costs, Outcomes

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Nearly half of workers compensation professionals recently surveyed say telehealth and telemedicine will have the biggest impact on the industry in the future. And more than half say it will help them contain rising healthcare...

Senators Include Telemedicine in New Bill to Modernize the VA

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A new bill that seeks to modernize the oft-criticized Department of Veterans Affairs includes a provision allowing VA doctors to treat veterans via telemedicine no matter where they live. The 125-page Veterans Community Care and Access...

Texas Medical Board Adopts New Telehealth, Telemedicine Rules

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The Texas Medical Board has adopted a broad set of telehealth and telemedicine rules and regulations, bringing the once-resistant board in line with legislation passed this year to improve digital health adoption in the Lone Star...

VA Project Uses Telemedicine Tablets to Treat Veterans at Home

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A tablet equipped with store-and-forward mHealth technology is helping Veterans’ Affairs doctors in San Diego improve clinical outcomes for veterans with chronic wounds. It’s one of several mHealth and telehealth projects at...

Should Telehealth, Telemedicine Doctors Have Their Own Specialty?

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Telehealth and telemedicine are becoming so commonplace in health systems that they should have their own specialty. That’s the premise of a Nov. 27 opinion piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association by New York...

FCC Eyes Expanded Broadband Funding for Telehealth, Telemedicine

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The Federal Communications Commission is considering increasing funding for broadband expansion to rural America, a move that would pave the way for more – and better - telehealth and telemedicine programs where healthcare access is...

OIG Expands Telehealth, Telemedicine Audits to Medicaid Claims

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Healthcare providers will be checking to make sure their telehealth and telemedicine programs comply with state Medicaid regulations following news that the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of the Inspector General will...

UC Davis to Use Telemedicine to Treat Remote Disabled Children

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A California health system is getting a $2 million federal grant to launch a school-based telemedicine program for children with disabilities living in remote areas. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is giving the...

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