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A Telehealth Primer: 5 Tips to Making the Virtual Visit a Success

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Not every doctor can “do” telehealth. As more and more health systems adopt audio-visual platforms and train their doctors and nurses to use the technology, they’re discovering one little problem: One’s “bedside...

Using mHealth to Tackle the Concussion Conundrum

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mHealth tools, ranging from apps to headgear the occasional robot, are changing the way schools and youth sports leagues check for concussions in their athletes. It’s not uncommon these days for a high school or college physical trainer...

Using Telehealth, mHealth to Fight the Flu

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Healthcare providers may have a new cure for the flu this winter: The virtual visit. mHealth tools and platforms have for years been used to identify outbreaks of the flu and other highly infectious viruses and direct doctors and drugs to where...

Telemedicine Helps Link Children, Mental Health Specialists in ER Cases

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Telemedicine access to mental health experts can significantly improve outcomes for pediatric cases in an ER or urgent care clinic, a new study has found. In a report presented at the recent American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference...

Emory’s eICU Platform Takes Telehealth to a New Time Zone

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Emory Healthcare is testing a telehealth platform that ensures patients in ICUs at any location and any time have immediate access to a clinician at the top of his or her game. To do this, the Atlanta-based health system is partnering with Royal...

Lawsuit Challenges South Carolina’s Ban on mHealth Eye Exams

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The developer of an mHealth app for eye exams is suing state officials in South Carolina, where the company is banned from issuing prescriptions based on its online tests. Chicago-based Opternative says the South Carolina Department of Labor,...

Red Cross Turns to Telehealth for Emergency Care

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The Red Cross is taking on a telehealth partner in an effort to expand access to healthcare during emergencies. The organization is partnering with Texas-based Teladoc to make the company’s phone- and web-based services available to victims...

Study: Telehealth Helps Dementia Patients Recover ‘Lost’ Words

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A Northwestern University study has found that a telehealth platform can help dementia patients maintain and even improve their ability to remember and communicate by giving them access to specialists. Researchers used the Communication Bridge...

Using mHealth to Vault the Barriers to Value-Based Care

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mHealth may help healthcare providers move toward value-based care, but the road won’t be easy. For example, a primary care provider might use a digital health platform to improve clinical outcomes for patients, resulting in a substantial...

Telemedicine Platform to Link Native American Docs to Pediatric Specialists

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A pilot telehealth program being launched in the Southwest aims to give doctors in remote Navajo communities access to pediatric specialists in Philadelphia. If the tele-consult program succeeds, it could become a standard of care for remote,...

Telemedicine Closes the Gap in Specialty Referrals

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A San Diego-based health system is expanding its telemedicine platform after a four-month pilot showed that more than 60 percent of patient visits requiring a specialist consult could be done virtually, without the need for an extra visit. North...

WorldClinic Founder: Telehealth Needs a New Revenue Model

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Why is telehealth struggling to find its footing? Dan Carlin blames the billing code. “We’re still in an age where the vast majority of healthcare still exists in billing codes,” says the founder and CEO of WorldClinic, a New...

Using Telemedicine to Boost HEDIS, Reduce Risk and Fight Blindness

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A Missouri-based health system is using a telemedicine platform to improve quality measures for value-based care – and uncovering undiagnosed retinopathy in dozens of diabetic patients that could lead to blindness. CoxHealth, a five-hospital...

Using Telehealth, mHealth to Advance Value-Based Care

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Healthcare’s march toward value-based care is complicated. And with roughly three-quarters of the industry still focused on volume, it’s safe to say the revolution isn’t happening overnight. But some forward-thinking health...

Telehealth Helps Rural Hospitals Keep Their ER Patients (And Revenues)

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The University of Mississippi Medical Center is the only level 1 trauma center in Mississippi. This means the hospital sees many patients transferred from rural hospitals who don’t have the rescources to treat them. The Jackson-based hospital...

mHealth Group Wants to Define Store-And-Forward Telehealth

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mHealth proponents have drafted a definition for “asynchronous” telehealth, and they’re hoping federal officials will use it when dealing with MACRA issues and CPT codes. The Connected Health Initiative (CHI), a group organized...

Kaiser CEO: Telehealth Outpaced In-Person Visits Last Year

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Kaiser Permanente is seeing more patients online than in person, according to its CEO. The California-based health network, one of the nation’s largest integrated health systems, saw some 110 million people last year, with some 59 million...

A Telehealth Primer: Start Small, Make Adjustments, Scale Up

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Some of the best telehealth projects start small, prove their value, then scale up to make an even bigger impact on the community. Such is the case with Brookwood Baptist Health, a five-hospital system in central Alabama that launched a virtual...

In the Northeast, Telehealth Gets Creative - With Good Results

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From a Maine clinic providing healthcare-by-boat to remote islanders to a health system in New York’s Finger Lakes region worried about travel costs and safety, telehealth comes in many ways, shapes and forms in the Northeast. In fact,...

Momentum Grows for Telehealth Licensing Compacts

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With more and more telehealth networks operating across state lines, several professional groups are calling for an easier way for clinicians to obtain permission to practice in multiple states. “Many providers on the phone with a patient...

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