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ATA’s Practice Guidelines Target Telestroke, Telemental Health

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The American Telemedicine Association has launched two practice guidelines to help healthcare providers launching telemedicine services. The practice guidelines for telestroke and child and adolescent telemental health “advance the science...

Broadband Problems Derail Montana’s Telemedicine Legislation

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Proposed telemedicine legislation in Montana has stalled, reportedly because legislators are concerned the bill won’t help rural residents access the telehealth services they need. House Bill 389, which seeks to set telemedicine practice...

Store-and-Forward Telehealth Service Replaces the Office Visit

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Rush University Medical Center has launched a store-and-forward telemedicine platform for non-emergency cases, giving patients an effective alternative to the doctor’s office or retail clinic visit. Rush SmartExam is the Chicago-based hospital’s...

83% of Healthcare Orgs to Invest in Telehealth, mHealth Tools

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Eighty-three percent of healthcare organizations responding to a American Telemedicine Association (ATA) poll said they are highly likely to invest in telehealth with operational efficiency and convenience in mind. Of the 171 healthcare executives...

Telehealth Licensing Compact Goes Live in 7 Member States

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Members of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact are now accepting applications from physicians interested in practicing telehealth across state lines. The Federation of State Medical Boards has announced that the compact went live on Thursday,...

Congress to Revisit Telehealth for Chronic Care Legislation

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Congress will get another crack at expanding telehealth for chronic care with the return of a Senate bill seeking better Medicare coverage of remote patient monitoring and telehealth programs. The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary...

Alaska Lawmakers Link Telehealth Growth to Better Broadband

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Alaska legislators are asking for federal help in expanding the state’s broadband network to support more telemedicine and telehealth services. House Joint Resolution 14, which passed by a 33-6 vote this week, calls on the Federal Communications...

Telemedicine-based ICU Care Boosts Outcomes, Saves Millions

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Emory Healthcare has saved roughly $4.6 million in Medicare costs by deploying a telemedicine platform in its intensive care unit. The results come from a three-year audit of the Atlanta-based health system’s eICU program, which has served...

Montana Bill Seeks to Establish Telemedicine Practice Standards

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The latest state to consider telemedicine practice standards also happens to be one of the nation’s largest and least populated. Montana Rep. Kirk Wagoner (R-Montana City) has introduced legislation to “put sideboards on the...

Telemedicine Gets a Passing Grade in School Concussion Study

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A telemedicine platform works just as well as a physical trainer in diagnosing concussions during a sporting event, according to a long-awaited study. In a two-year project conducted on the sidelines of Northern Arizona University football games,...

Bill Seeks Medicare Reimbursement for New Telehealth Programs

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Congress will revisit a bill that seeks to expand telehealth across the nation by improving Medicare reimbursements. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) have re-introduced the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act, after...

Telemedicine Success Linked to Workflow, Rather Than Technology

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Telemedicine is proving its value not because of new technology, but because of better workflows and collaboration. A program that placed telemedicine platforms into 15 primary care clinics at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services...

Telemedicine Abortion Debate Surfaces in West Virginia Senate

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West Virginia has become the latest state to consider banning telemedicine abortions. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Republican Senator Patricia Rucker introduced an amendment this week to House Bill 2509 that prohibits “the...

Ohio Board Relaxes Telemedicine Policies to Allow Prescribing

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Ohio physicians can use telemedicine to prescribe both non-controlled and controlled drugs – as long as they meet a long list of guidelines. The two rules passed earlier this month by the Ohio Medical Board, 4731-11-09 and 4731-11-01, enable...

Broadband Offers a Telehealth Lifeline to Rural Hospitals

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Telehealth can save a rural hospital more than $100,000 a year in healthcare and community costs, according to a new report from a collection of rural broadband providers. Compiled by NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, “Anticipating...

mHealth Devices Get A.I. Support for Mobile Telestroke Units

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mHealth devices used in acute care will soon be integrated with an artificial intelligence platform, giving first responders and other clinicians real-time clinical decision support tools during emergencies. The partnership announced between...

Physicians Sour on States’ Telehealth Implementation Efforts

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Some 44 percent of U.S. doctors say their state hasn’t done a good job implementing telehealth, while only 15 percent feel their state has done well or very well. The results come by way of the online physician community SERMO, which recently...

AHRQ Seeks Data on Telehealth Value for Acute, Chronic Care

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is looking for more evidence that telehealth can help in the management of patients with acute and chronic conditions. The agency is looking for “scientific information submissions”...

10 Guidelines to Launching a Successful Telemedicine Practice

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Independent and family practice doctors looking to launch a successful telemedicine practice should not make choosing a vendor their top priority. K. Michael Rodriguez, MD, a family physician at Broadlands Family Practice in Ashburn, Va., and...

Telehealth Trends: Telemental Health, Direct-to-Consumer Care

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Healthcare providers are adopting telehealth for telemental health and psychiatry services, and they’re far more interested in direct-to-consumer care than in using the platform to talk to each other. Those conclusions come from the Advisory...

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