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NETRC Conference: Telehealth on the Path to Mainstream Adoption

mHealth Intelligence, May 25, 2017 Northeast Telehealth Resource Center conference attendees are told that telehealth and telemedicine programs are proving their value. Healthcare providers looking to mainstream their telehealth programs are making one big mistake: They’re putting telehealth on a pedestal. “To some extent we have been...

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Patients Need Strong Broadband for mHealth, Telehealth Access

Patient EngagementHIT, May 25, 2017 The AHA and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to make changes to the Rural Health Care (RHC) plan to improve broadband services in rural regions. This will make mHealth and telehealth access more readily available for rural patients, the...

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Telehealth Program Brings Video Consults to Rural NY Schools

mHealth Intelligence, May 18, 2017 Bassett Healthcare Network has acquired a new telehealth platform to connect with 15 school-based health centers (SBHC) to bring telehealth to students in rural New York state. Bassett Healthcare operates six hospitals and severs 46 school districts in a 6000 square mile area. Many of the school districts...

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ECHO Helps N.Y’s Rural Elderly

Federal Telemedicine News, May 14, 2017 Demand for mental healthcare services will continue to grow, according to the New York State Office of Mental Health. The number of adults age 65 or older will almost double from $2.5 million as reported in 2016 and grow to $4 million by 2030. The number of patients with mental illness is expected to rise...

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Rural Telehealth Use Rises, But Challenges for PCPs Remain

mHealth Intelligence, May 10, 2017 Rural telehealth use has surpassed adoption in other care environments, but primary care providers (PCPs) continue to face organizational barriers when pursuing the implementation of telehealth solutions. Research from the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine found that PCPs practicing in a...

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VA turns to Congress to expand telemedicine

CIO, May 9, 2017 For all of its administrative challenges in providing essential healthcare, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been recognized for its successes in delivering telemedicine to reach rural and remote patients who might live hours from the nearest VA facility. But it could do more. Officials from the VA recently made...

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Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth: One Hospital’s Virtual Care Plan

mHealth Intelligence, May 8, 2017 A small southern Maine hospital is using direct-to-consumer telehealth to put the community back into its community health mission. York Hospital’s new Virtual Care service aims to give local residents a more convenient connection to the doctors they’ve known for so long. Tucked into Exam Room 7 at the...

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Health Affairs: Telemedicine for mental health is fast growing, but inconsistent

mobihealthnews, May 2, 2017 A new report on telemental health in Health Affairs shows that, among rural Medicare beneficiaries, use of telemedicine for mental health is growing quickly but inconsistently across the population. The piece is meant to provide perspectives for legislatures as they consider increasing Medicare coverage of...

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71% of Healthcare Providers Use Telehealth, Telemedicine Tools

mHealth Intelligence, April 28, 2017 Provider telemedicine use has risen to an adoption rate of 71 percent, according to new research from HIMSS Analytics. The research, presented in two separate studies that analyzed inpatient and outpatient telemedicine, highlighted a jump in growth of usage over a three-year period. “Adoption of...

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Telehealth Licensure Compact Goes Live for Physical Therapists

mHealth Intelligence, April 28, 2017 Physical therapists in 10 states will soon be able to use telehealth to expand their practices and give consumers more access to mobile healthcare services. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature on HB 1278 this week means 10 states have signed onto the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact, overseen by...

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