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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 two...

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 year that...

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 of its...

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 Association...

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 Austin,...

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 underserved...

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, the Center...

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 Royal...

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 team. BCBSNE...

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 abortions...

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 improve...

VA Finalizes ‘Anywhere to Anywhere’ Telehealth Program For Vets

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A national telehealth program to connect veterans and healthcare providers no matter where either is located is set to become official. The Department of Veterans Affairs has posted former Secretary David Shulkin’s ambitious connected care...

Florida VA Center Finds New Uses for Telehealth in Treating PTSD

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Telehealth has proven its value in providing much-needed mental health services to Armed Forces members and veterans dealing with PTSD. Now a Florida VA center is tweaking that platform to give veterans access to a unique form of therapy. The...

Florida County Offers Free Telemental Health to Uninsured Residents

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A Florida county is offering free telemental health services for low- and no-income residents, available on either a mobile device or at telehealth stations set up in select locations. Polk County authorities expect to serve some 84,000 uninsured...

Providence St. Joseph Health Takes Telehealth Across the Enterprise

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While telehealth providers were talking consolidation and enterprise platforms at this week’s American Telemedicine Association conference, Providence St. Joseph Health offered an example of how that should be done. The seven-state, 50-hospital...

At ATA18, Telemedicine Moves From a Possibility to a Necessity

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For years, telehealth advocates have been touting virtual visits as being just as good as the in-person visit. Now they’re saying telemedicine is better. “Our focus is now on quality,” American Telemedicine President Peter Yellowlees,...

American Well, InTouch Health Announce Huge Telehealth Deals at ATA

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The trend toward enterprise telehealth platforms over stand-alone programs took a significant step forward Monday with a pair of major news announcements. In moves timed to make a splash at the American Telemedicine Association's ATA18 conference...

AHA Letter: Broadband Funding Cuts Threaten Telehealth Expansion

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The American Hospital Association is protesting planned funding cuts to the Rural Health Care Program, saying the loss of money will severely impact telehealth and telemedicine programs in remote and rural communities around the nation. In a...

Kentucky OKs Telehealth, Coverage Parity for Medicaid Members

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Kentucky lawmakers have enacted legislation to make telehealth and telemedicine services more readily available to Medicaid recipients. SB 112 was signed into law this week by Gov. Matt Bevin following votes of 36-0 in the State Senate and 65-20...

mHealth Research Touts Digital Health ‘Touches’ to Fight Drug Abuse

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Digital health advocates say an automated mHealth messaging platform can help people dealing with opioid abuse to curb their cravings. Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are making the argument following...

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