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Telemental Health Program Targets Military Caregivers in Texas

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A Texas healthcare provider is using a telemental health platform to connect with caregivers for military families, where depression rates are four times higher than other populations. Armed with a USAA grant, the University of Texas Health Science...

NewYork-Presbyterian Offers Pediatric Telehealth for Urgent Care

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NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) Komansky Children’s Hospital has launched a new pediatric telehealth platform that further expands urgent care to the families in their health system. As part of NYP’s OnDemand suite of digital services,...

Licensing Compact Gives Doctors an Important Telehealth Tool

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Physicians looking to practice telemedicine in multiple states can now apply for a license in 18 of the 22 states in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. An ongoing dispute with the FBI is hindering the process in some states but not preventing...

Most Wired 2017 Hospitals Lead in Telehealth, Remote Monitoring

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The 2017 AHA Most Wired Hospitals survey revealed that a strong reliance on telehealth, remote monitoring, and mHealth tools is key for becoming a top health IT performer. The survey, representing approximately 39 percent of all hospitals in...

Lawmakers Want Medicare Changed to Expand Telehealth Services

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Legislators are ramping up their efforts to expand Medicare coverage for telehealth and telemedicine. The latest bill to take the spotlight is the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2017 (HR 2550), re-introduced in May by a familiar group of pro-telehealth...

Microsoft’s New Broadband Strategy Includes a Nod to Telehealth

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Microsoft has announced plans to help improve rural America’s broadband capabilities, an ambitious project that could kick-start telemedicine projects to underserved communities. Unveiled Tuesday, “A Rural Broadband Strategy: Connecting...

VA, Air Force Expand Tele-ICU Program for Patient Care

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A collaboration between the VA’s Midwest Healthcare Network and the Air Force’s Medical Operations Agency will open a tele-ICU program to Air Force servicemen at five military treatment centers across the country. Through this new...

Building a School-Based Telehealth Program? Start With the Nurse

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The Medical University of South Carolina has an ambitious plan to double the number of school-based telehealth programs next year. To do that, they’ll need the school nurses in their corner. It’s not an easy task, says James T. McElligott,...

Telehealth Licensure Compact for Nurses is Almost Ready to Go

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Nurses will soon be able to practice telehealth in multiple states under one license. With recent votes by legislators in Texas, Maine and Delaware, 25 states have agreed to join the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). The compact, overseen...

mHealth, Telehealth Are Making the House Call Meaningful Again

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mHealth and telehealth have often been pitched as replacements for the in-person healthcare encounter, but some providers and payers now see mobile health as a means of improving the face-to-face visit. In many cases, they’re reviving the...

Telehealth Supporters Lobby DC for Better Broadband Connectivity

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A new bill on Capitol Hill seeks to help urban healthcare providers expand telemedicine programs to rural areas by giving them access to federal funds for broadband connectivity. The bill is part of a full-court press by rural healthcare providers,...

Texas Telemedicine Law Prompts Feds to Close Medical Board Probe

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Federal officials have closed their investigation of the Texas Medical Board over charges the board sought to unfairly restrict telemedicine providers. The Federal Trade Commission voted 2-0 to end its probe shortly after Gov. Greg Abbot signed...

VA Hospitals Connect Via Tele-ICU, Remote Patient Monitoring

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Two VA hospitals across the country from one another have connected through tele-ICU technology and remote patient monitoring tools to enhance the care of veterans under intensive care. A partnership between Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System...

In Value-Based Care, Telehealth’s Aim is Money Saved, Not Earned

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To find value in a telehealth or mHealth program, healthcare providers must look not at how much money they’ll make, but how much they’ll save. At the St. Louis-based Mercy health system, this means sending home about 1,300 patients...

New Jersey’s Telemedicine Regulations are Ready to Become Law

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Telemedicine legislation headed to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s desk would, among other things, enable physicians to use telehealth to establish a doctor-patient relationship, ensure the same standards of care as an in-person visit,...

VT Health System Offers Tele-ICU, Specialized Telemedicine Care

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A health system in Vermont launched a new telemedicine initiative that increases access to Tele-ICU and other forms of highly specialized patient care. Southwestern Vermont Medical System (SVMS) partnered with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System...

UVA Cites Success with Telemedicine, Telestroke in Rural Care

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Through the use of telemedicine and telestroke in rural care, the University of Virginia (UVA) reduced 30-day hospital readmission rates by 40 percent for patients with heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, chronic obstructive pulmonary...

ATA Task Force to Study Environmental Effects of Telemedicine

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Can telemedicine help reduce global warming? The American Telemedicine Association will be asking that question, and many more, as it launches a task force to determine how telemedicine impacts climate change. Some telehealth and telemedicine...

Tele-ICU Offers Flexibility, Speed, Personalized Patient Care

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Tele-ICU, or the use of telemedicine within intensive care units, is emerging as a viable solution to improve the speed and personalization of care for patients in critical condition. At North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH), providers are now...

Telepharmacy Reduces Rural Care Disparities for Diabetics

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Telepharmacy, or the practice of using telemedicine to help patients administer their medications, helped diabetics in rural care settings significantly reduce weight, glycated hemoglobin (A1c) measures, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels...

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