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ATA Looks to Take Telehealth Out of The Hospital and Into The Home

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To Ann Mond Johnson, the biggest barrier to the expansion of telemedicine isn’t reimbursement, licensure or uneven regulations. It’s patient engagement. “We have to make a difference in people’s lives,” says the...

Milwaukee’s Mobile Health Program Shows Benefits of Care Coordination

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A mobile health program launched in 2015 by the Milwaukee Fire Department has reduced 911 calls from so-called “frequent flyers” by more than 50 percent over the past two years. Officials say those callers – identified by the...

Consumers Like Telehealth, But Still Prefer Face-to-Face Healthcare

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Consumers are eager to have their doctors use telehealth – but many haven’t tried the technology themselves, and they’re not convinced it’s as good as an in-person exam. Those somewhat contradictory points, made in a survey...

NYC Urgent Care Clinics Add mHealth to Help With Care Coordination

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A network of urgent care clinics in New York City has added an mHealth messaging platform to give patients access to post-discharge care coordination services. Manhattan-based CityMD, which boasts more than 85 locations in the New York City metro...

Minnesota Lawmakers Mull New School Telemental Health Programs

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Minnesota lawmakers are considering a bill to launch four telemedicine projects aimed at improving access to mental health services in schools. HF 4198, introduced in March by State Rep. Peggy Bennett, would set aside an as-yet undecided amount...

Feds Take CMS to Task Over Improper Telehealth Reimbursements

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About three of every 10 Medicare reimbursements for telehealth in 2014-15 were made in error, according to a recent audit by federal regulators. The U.S. Health and Human Services Department of the Inspector General announced last week that an...

mHealth Gives Pharmacists a Powerful Diabetes Management Platform

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A medical journal is suggesting that pharmacists use telemedicine and mHealth to play a more active role in medication management for people with diabetes – a move that could improve adherence, reduce errors and boost clinical outcomes....

Community Health Centers Use Telehealth to Boost Specialty Consults

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A unique partnership in Washington is using telehealth to connect physicians in 20 community health centers with volunteer doctors across the country for specialist consults. Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW), a not-for-profit plan created...

mHealth Replaces The Specialist Consult in Retinopathy Detection

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Federal regulators have given the green light to mHealth technology that can identify diabetic retinopathy in adults without the need for a specialist consult. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the IDx-DR, which uses artificial...

New Mobile Health Program Aims to Avoid Unnecessary ER Visits

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The ambulance company serving New Mexico’s Valencia County is partnering with two health plans to launch a community paramedicine program, giving residents access to mobile health services in their homes. American Medical Response unveiled...

New NIH Program Eyes mHealth, Telehealth as Pain Management Tools

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Telehealth platforms and mHealth devices targeting pain relief may play a significant role in the National Institutes for Health’s new initiative to combat opioid abuse. Unveiled at last week’s 2018 National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin...

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 the Oregon...

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 comprehensive...

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 affected. London-area...

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 of...

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 for...

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...

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 satisfaction...

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 handle...

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 veteran...

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