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Research Validates Telemedicine in Identifying ROP in Newborns

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Doctors can use telemedicine images to identify a rare cause of blindness in premature babies with as much accuracy as if they were examining the infant in person, according to international research done by eight health systems. Led by...

Senate Committee Embraces Telemedicine in Opioid Crisis Response Act

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The Senate HELP (Health Education, Labor & Pensions) Committee is adding its weight to efforts to make telemedicine a prominent strategy in the nation’s battle against opioid abuse. The 23-member committee this week unveiled a...

Doctors’ Protests Plague UK’s Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Service

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A direct-to-consumer telehealth service launched in London late last year is proving quite popular with residents – yet it’s also drawing protests from physicians who say their practices are being negatively...

MA Payer’s Digital Health Platform Targets Members’ Health Needs

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A Massachusetts payer is looking to connect its members with digital health programs promoting diabetes management and fertility, pregnancy and parenting guidance. The Emerging Solutions platform being introduced by Blue Cross Blue Shield...

Providence Targets Patient Demand With Store-and-Forward Telehealth

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A Pacific Northwest health system has launched an on-demand mHealth app that’s designed to give consumers quick access to care for common health issues. Providence Health & Services recently rolled out the SmartExam service...

Schools Turn to Telemedicine to Tackle Student Depression, Violence

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Texas school officials are touting a telemedicine service that not only brings behavioral healthcare into the school, but also may be averting serious issues like potential violence. Texas Tech University Health Science Center’s...

Telemedicine Helps Sports Doctors Manage Their Patient Workload

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A telemedicine program to manage care for sports-related orthopedic injuries reduces the cost and time of treatment, according to physicians at two prominent Mid-Atlantic health systems. It also rates quite highly on the patient...

Despite EMR Hangups, Hospitals Are Embracing Enterprise Telehealth

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Healthcare providers are moving away from individual telehealth and telemedicine programs and migrating toward an enterprise-wide platform. And they’re doing it while battling disparities in payment and EMR platforms that can’t...

Telehealth Services Expand Veteran Access to Mental Healthcare

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The Cohen Veterans Network (CVN), an integrated mental health system for veterans and their families, recently announced that they will soon offer low or no cost telehealth services across Washington state to help reduce the epidemic of...

VA Video Telemedicine mHealth App to Provide Easy Care Access

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Mobile Health program has released the VA Video Connect application, an mHealth application that will provide veterans with access to real-time telemedicine services. The VA Video Connect...

Research Shows Telehealth Service Use, Availability on the Rise

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Telemedicine is on the rise as telehealth services are becoming increasingly available to patients across the country, especially among those seeking mental healthcare. FAIR Health, a nonprofit organization, recently released a white...

Senate Bill Expands Rural Access to Telehealth in Iowa

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A bill approved by the Iowa Senate requires health insurers to cover both telehealth and in-person services equally and could expand rural access to telemedicine, particularly in specialty areas such as psychiatry. “Telehealth...

CHQI Launches ATA-Endorsed Telemedicine Accreditation Program

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ClearHealth Quality Institute (CHQI) recently announced that it is accepting applicants for its newly unveiled Telemedicine Accreditation Program (TAP), the only telemedicine accreditation program endorsed by the American Telemedicine...

Telemedicine Projects Deliver Two-Way Specialty Bedside Care

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Two new telemedicine projects, initiated at Northwell Health Stern Family Center for Rehabilitation and Weeks Medical Center, will use two-way communication to give patients access to real-time specialty care at the bedside. The Northwell...

CT Employers, Payers Oppose Fixed Rates for Telehealth Services

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A recent hearing to discuss a bill to allow Connecticut physicians to provide telepsychiatry services saw employers and health plans in the state opposing a measure to pay for these telehealth services at the same rate as in-person...

Temple Launches Telehealth Program For Pulmonary Fibrosis Patients

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Temple University is launching a nationwide telemedicine program targeting care management for people suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The Temple Lung Center at Temple University Hospital, which performed a nation-high...

Debating the Pros And Cons of Licensure Compacts for Telehealth

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Interstate medical licensure compacts, which enable healthcare providers to more easily apply for and receive permission to practice medicine in other states, have been touted as a means of expanding telehealth and telemedicine....

FDA Letter Challenges Opternative’s Ocular Telehealth Platform

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Federal regulators may sanction the developer of an ocular telehealth platform over charges the company hasn’t received the necessary approvals to offer the online eye exams. In a letter dated Oct. 30, 2017 and made public this past...

Telemedicine Trial Targets Pregnant Women Battling Opioid Addiction

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A new study aims to determine whether telemedicine can be used to improve outcomes for rural women who are pregnant and struggling with an opioid addiction. Lorie Harper, MD, an assistant professor at the University of...

Shriners Brings Telehealth to Michigan With Covenant Health Deal

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Michigan’s Covenant HealthCare has launched a pediatric telehealth program to give residents access to specialists from two Shriners hospitals. In a partnership with Shriners Hospitals for Children, Covenant’s new Saginaw...

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