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mHealth Platforms Expand to Tackle Multiple Chronic Conditions

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mHealth companies who have focused on one chronic condition are now expanding their connected health platforms to treat other health issues. The latest to do so is Omada Health, a digital therapeutics company with a focus on...

UK’s NHS Makes mHealth, Telehealth a Priority in New 5-Year Plan

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The UK’s National Health Service is looking to make telehealth and telemedicine a standard of care in five years – a policy that the organization says could save 500,000 lives. Building on Prime Minister Theresa May’s...

Telehealth Helps CMS Bundled Payment Program Show Some Savings

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Mandatory bundled payment programs for joint replacement surgery can save a modest amount of money through the use of telehealth services for rehab, according to a recent analysis. As reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, an...

Intermountain Touts the Successes of its NICU Telehealth Program

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An effective telemedicine platform will not only improve outcomes and reduce wasteful spending, but give smaller, rural hospitals the expertise to treat more of their patients and reduce stressful transfers to larger hospitals. That, in...

North Dakota Lawmakers Ready to Rehash Telemedicine Standards Debate

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North Dakota lawmakers may soon be rehashing the debate over what constitutes an accepted doctor-patient relationship via telemedicine. The state’s Senate is poised to take up SB 2094, which mandates that a healthcare...

Clemson Expands Mobile Health Fleet to Reach Underserved Communities

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Clemson University’s health center is using a $100,000 to create a fleet of mobile health clinics aimed at improving access to care in underserved parts of South Carolina. Clemson’s James F. Sullivan Center, a nurse-managed...

Telehealth Gives Patients a Real-Time Link to Mental Health Support

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A Texas-based psychiatry clinic is using telehealth to help patients manage their health outside the doctor’s office. Carter Health Psychiatry & Wellness, located just south of Houston in Friendswood, has launched a remote...

Illinois Expands Reimbursement for Diabetes Care Via Telehealth

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A new law taking effect in Illinois this week expands coverage for telehealth programs aimed at seniors living with diabetes. HB 5351, passed in May 2018 and signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner in August, amends the Illinois Insurance Code to...

Kansas Judge Rules Against New Law Banning Telemedicine Abortions

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A Kansas judge has shot down efforts by state lawmakers to ban telemedicine abortions, the second victory for supporters of the connected care service in two weeks. District Judge Franklin Theis ruled on Dec. 31 that the new law banning...

Michigan Governor Vetoes Extension of Telemedicine Abortion Ban

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Michigan Gov. Bill Snyder has vetoed a proposal to extend the state’s six-year-old ban on telemedicine abortions. Snyder shot down Senate Bill 1998 following party-line votes in the state Senate and House in favor of the bill, which...

Will Telehealth and mHealth Fulfill Their Potential in 2019?

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With 2019 on the doorstep, healthcare leaders are looking for clues as to what the coming year will hold for telehealth and mHealth. And while most of the experts have long since tossed out the time-worn “tipping point”...

UPMC-Giant Eagle Partnership Puts Telehealth Kiosks in Markets

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UPMC is extending its telemedicine platform into supermarkets, joining a connected health industry trend that sees consumers shopping for groceries, pharmaceutical products and healthcare all in one location. The Pittsburgh-based health...

AAFP Says CMS Changes Could Tilt the Scales to DTC Telehealth

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The national organization representing family physicians is pushing back against proposed changes to Medicare Advantage plans, saying the proposal supports direct-to-consumer telehealth at the expense of primary care...

New Mexico Bill Adds Telemedicine to Assisted Suicide Debate

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A new bill in New Mexico seeks to add telemedicine to the “right to die” debate. The Elizabeth Whitefield End of Life Options Act (HB 90), introduced on Dec. 20 by State Rep. Deborah Armstrong, would enable qualifying...

EDs Face Obstacles in Integrating Pediatric Telemedicine Services

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Only about 8 percent of the nation’s Emergency Departments have pediatric telemedicine units, according to new research. And while connected care platforms have been found to improve care management and clinical outcomes, some health...

Ochsner Adds Remote Patient Monitoring for Cardiac Implant Patients

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The Ochsner Health System is launching a new remote patient monitoring service aimed at improving care management for patients with implanted cardiac devices. The New Orleans-based health system, one of the nation’s most progressive...

Penn Medicine Launching Telemedicine Platform for Brain Tumor Consults

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Penn Medicine a telemedicine program to expand the reach of its specialists in offering second opinions on brain tumor diagnoses. The health system’s nationally recognized Penn Brain Tumor Center will soon be using a connected care...

UAB Using $4.6M Grant to Apply Telehealth to Physical Therapy Program

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham is getting a $4.6 million federal grant to integrate a telemedicine platform into a novel music-enhanced physical therapy program for people with disabilities. Through a partnership with the YMCA of...

CCHP Sees 2018 Telehealth Gains in Medicaid, Interstate Licensure

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State legislatures passing new telehealth laws in 2018 focused primarily on expanding Medicaid coverage, approving interstate licensure pacts and establishing guidelines, according to a review by the Center for Connected Health Policy. On...

Farm Bill Includes Telemedicine Funding for Opioid Abuse Treatment

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A massive farm bill quietly approved by Congress this week includes provisions to increase funding and resources for telemedicine programs and broadband expansion in rural areas. The legislation addresses two hot-button issues for...

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