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LEWIS [MA]: Telemedicine improves health care access, reduces cost

Wicked Local Melrose, July 17, 2017 New technology like telemedicine holds great promise for improving access to care for patients, improving health outcomes for the treatment of chronic illnesses, and reducing health care costs. We should take steps to enable the expanded use of telemedicine in Massachusetts. Telemedicine is the remote...

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TeleECHO for Opioid Use Disorders

Federal Telemedicine News, July 16. 2017 According to a study in the “Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment”, the average physician with a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine is currently treating only 26 patients for opioid addiction and some waivered physicians are not treating patients at all for addiction. While the Medication Assisted...

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A telemedicine visit can salvage your vacation

The Buffalo News, July 14, 2017 A must-have addition to your packing list for this summer’s family trip won’t take up any suitcase space. It’s an app for your smartphone that gives you access to a board-certified telemedicine physician from wherever you happen to be sightseeing. “The ideal situation for getting medical care is when a...

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Licensing Compact Gives Doctors an Important Telehealth Tool

mHealth Intelligence, July 13, 2017 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 doctors from applying for licenses, according to Jon...

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NewYork-Presbyterian’s foray into pediatric telehealth

MedCity News, July 13, 2017 Healthcare giants are increasingly relying on telehealth to meet their patients’ needs. And NewYork-Presbyterian is no exception. New York City-based NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital has unveiled Pediatric Urgent Care, a new telehealth offering. It is part of NYP OnDemand, a suite of...

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Microsoft’s New Broadband Strategy Includes a Nod to Telehealth

mHealth Intelligence, July 11, 2017 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 Rural America to New Opportunities” aims to make use of...

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Giving Telemedicine More Room to Breathe: Recent and Pending State and Federal Actions in the World of Online Prescribing

The National Law Review, July 10, 2017 On October 18, 2008, the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008 (the “Haight Act”) came into law as the federal government’s first attempt to address the public health risks associated with online pharmacies – such risks including the dispensing of drugs (including addictive...

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Is Telemedicine Change Coming to Congress? The Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2017 Among Several New Federal Bills

Lexology, July 10, 2017 Congress is reconsidering a nationwide telehealth coverage bill, named the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2017, designed to introduce an incremental, though significant, expansion of coverage for telehealth services under the Medicare program. The bipartisan Act is sponsored by Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA),...

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Four Challenges of Launching a Telehealth Program

NEJM Catalyst, July 10, 2017 Since the launch of NYP OnDemand, a comprehensive suite of telehealth services, in July 2016, it has already become one of NewYork-Presbyterian’s core service offerings. Creating NYP OnDemand led us to identify and address four key challenges that we believe are inherent in the development of any telehealth...

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Industry Survey Notes Improved Consumer Attitudes Towards Telemedicine in a Variety of Circumstances

Telemedicine Magazine, July 7, 2017 Doctors take note: Your patients are becoming more and more interested in the option of a telemedicine visit and are more willing to switch doctors to find a practice that offers them. That’s according to a new survey by telemedicine provider American Well and Harris Poll. The Survey outlines just how much...

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