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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 application enables...

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 paper analyzing...

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 services...

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 Association...

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 Health...

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 services....

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 131...

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. They’re...

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 week,...

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 Alabama-Birmingham’s...

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 location...

Telehealth, mHealth Put The Spotlight on Interoperability at HIMSS18

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For telehealth and mHealth enthusiasts, HIMSS18 was like a healthcare version of The Bachelor – it was all about making the right connection. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s annual conference and exhibition,...

Telehealth, RPM Help Visiting Nurses Fill Care Management Needs

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Nebraska’s chapter of the Visiting Nurse Association is launching a telehealth program to improve care management and coordination for its home-based patients. The Omaha-based VNA is deploying 4G tablets with preloaded software and Bluetooth-connected...

Using Telehealth to Help Patients With Medication Adherence

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Health systems in Massachusetts and North Carolina are launching remote patient monitoring programs to determine whether a telehealth approach to medication adherence can improve health outcomes and reduce ER visits and hospitalizations in high-risk...

Employers Are High on Telehealth - But Not Necessarily on mHealth

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More and more employers are making telehealth a part of their health plans – and they’re adding incentives so that employees will choose telehealth over a visit to the doctor’s office or emergency room or urgent care center....

Telehealth Gives Rural Tennessee Residents Access to Specialist Care

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Residents in rural west Tennessee will soon have access to specialist consults through a telehealth network being set up in two health centers. Memphis-based University Clinical Health, 130-doctor physician group affiliated with the University...

VA Launches Telehealth Program to Treat Rural Veterans With PTSD

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is launching a nationwide telehealth program to help rural veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The pilot program, coordinated by the VA’s Office of Rural Health and its Quality...

Intermountain Turns Telehealth, mHealth Into a Connected Care Platform

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Intermountain Healthcare has decided to bring all of its telehealth and telemedicine programs together under one virtual roof. The 22-hospital, 180-clinic health system, based in Salt Lake City, recently announced the launch of Connect Care Pro,...

Purdue Researchers to Test Telehealth to Diagnose Autism in Infants

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Researchers at Purdue University will be putting telehealth to the test to see if a remote patient monitoring platform can be used to diagnose autism in infants. The five-year study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, aims to equip...

Congress Turns to Telemedicine to Take On Substance Abuse Epidemic

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Congress is pushing to make telemedicine a critical component of the nation’s efforts to combat substance abuse. House lawmakers have introduced two draft discussion bills designed to ease restrictions in the Ryan Haight Act and enable...

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