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In mega-shelter for Harvey evacuees, telemedicine plans to help doctors keep up

STAT, August 31, 2017 Getting thousands of Houston-area families to shelters has been a massive humanitarian effort. But the aid doesn’t end there: Many of the displaced have chronic medical conditions like asthma or injuries from recent days that need medical attention. Providers of telemedicine are hoping technology can help step into the...

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With Telehealth, R.I. Docs Open a Portal to the Entire Care Team

mHealth Intelligence, August 30, 2017 For physicians using telehealth tools to connect with patients, that famed “aha” moment no longer comes when the technology is turned on. The real breakthroughs happen when a doctor begins an online conversation. “Now, out of the gate, you’re giving providers a virtual care room,” says Noah...

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THE PROMISE OF TELEMEDICINE DEPENDS ON BANDWIDTH, TECHNOLOGY

The Daily Yonder, August 29, 2017 Stephen Morris recalls his father’s battle with Parkinson’s disease. “He was in a rural county where they have general MDs and a hospice within 10 miles,” Morris said. “But specialists were over two hours away. My family would have appreciated telemedicine. Several times my brother or I had to...

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Telehealth Extended to NY Adult Centers; Schools May Come Next

mHealth Intelligence, August 29, 2017 New York’s governor has signed legislation extending telemedicine and telehealth to seniors in care centers, and could soon be extending the platform to schools and day care centers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week signed into law A1464, which adds certain adult care facilities to the list of originating...

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Medicare Payments for Telehealth Increased 28% in 2016: What You Should Know

Health Care Law Today, August 28, 2017 Telehealth providers can celebrate another successful year of growth, as CMS reported a 28% increase over total 2016 payments for telehealth services under the Medicare program. Providers continue to successfully integrate telehealth services into their traditional health care delivery approaches, and are...

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More states have passed telehealth parity laws, but fine print holds back adoption

FierceHealthcare, August 25, 2017 Over the last seven years, the number of states that have telehealth parity laws has increased threefold. However, nuances within the language of those laws have stymied telehealth adoption. Fueled by cheaper and more advanced technology, greater access to broadband and a spike in Americans with health...

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Mass. Health Systems Lobby for Telehealth Parity, State Support

mHealth Intelligence, August 25, 2017 Healthcare providers in Massachusetts are urging state officials to make telehealth more accessible to meet a growing lack of access to mental health services. At a recent roundtable, representatives of several health systems lamented that the state doesn’t support telemedicine parity, and noted that...

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Telehealth Offers a Vital Resource to Maine’s Island Residents

mHealth Intelligence, August 22, 2017  The success of telehealth has always been closely tied to the idea of bringing healthcare to those who have problems with access. To the 700 or so residents of several islands off Maine’s Downeast region, that success is tied to a video link with an onshore clinic and the 75-foot, steel-hulled...

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New York hospital says telehealth helped slash ER wait times, enhance care

Healthcare IT News, August 17, 2017 NewYork-Presbyterian is steadily moving to use telehealth to its advantage. As a result, emergency room wait times at its Weill Cornell Medical Center have been slashed by more than half because of its Telehealth Express Care virtual visit service. For example, average emergency room wait times for...

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Parkinson’s Patients, Doctors Find Value in Telehealth Visits

mHealth Intelligence, August 17, 2017 A telehealth program for patients with Parkinson’s disease received high marks from both patients and doctors, according to a paper published this week in Neurology. Launched by the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York and supported by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute...

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