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In the Northeast,Telehealth Gets Creative – With Good Results

mHealth Intelligence, October 5, 2016 From a Maine clinic providing healthcare-by-boat to remote islanders to a health system in New York’s Finger Lakes region worried about travel costs and safety, telehealth comes in many ways, shapes and forms in the Northeast. In fact, the region has become an ideal test-bed for the latest trends in...

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Western Connecticut Health Network turns to telemedicine

The Herald, October 3, 2016 The Western Connecticut Health Network has had to get creative to find ways to deliver crucial mental health services at a time when resources are limited but demand is steadily rising. Last December, Western Connecticut launched its telemedicine program, where patients can use an iPad to teleconference with a...

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Opioid crisis in rural areas may be tackled through telemedicine

The Washington Post, September 27, 2016 Robert Devereaux is a family physician in this southwest corner of Virginia, where problems surrounding prescription opioid use far outstrip the capacity of psychiatrists and addiction specialists to treat them. When he found crushed fragments of painkiller pills inside the nose of an older patient with...

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‘Telemedicine’ gets a boost in N.J.

NJ.com, September 26, 2016 A state Senate panel Monday unanimously approved legislation that would regulate the growing field of telemedicine, the virtual interaction between a patient and a doctor. Telemedicine is not new and is available already. But the popularity and interest in this alternative form of a doctor visit is growing for the...

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New Gadgets That Could Give Telemedicine a Boost

The Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2016 Telemedicine offers patients the chance to meet with a doctor, 24/7, without leaving home. But many physicians are wary of participating because they can’t peer into patients’ ears, look down their throats or listen to their lungs remotely. A new genre of home diagnostic devices aims to address...

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NYP-Weill Cornell telehealth program slashes ER times for patients with minor complaints

Healthcare IT News, September 13, 2016 On July 15, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital launched the NYP-Weill Cornell ED Telehealth Express Care Service. Today,  just two months later, the organization has enrolled 100 patients and slashed the average ER visit from four hours to only 30 minutes for patients with minor complaints. In fact, the...

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7 Tips for Including Patient Safety in Telemedicine Programs

mHealth Intelligence, September 12, 2016 Health systems have been slow to adopt telemedicine due to concerns over patient safety. But executives at Partners Healthcare’s Center for Connected Health say the technology has done more good than harm and should be embraced more readily. In a commentary for the Agency for Healthcare Research and...

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FTC weighs in on Teladoc’s side in ongoing antitrust case

mobihealthnews, September 12, 2016 Teladoc's antitrust lawsuit against the Texas Medical Board (TMB) is still a long way from over, but an amicus curie brief filed this morning in the Fifth Circuit Court shows that the telemedicine company has friends in high places: namely, the US Federal Trade Commission. Last week a number of...

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Why is telemedicine utilization so low?

MedCity News, September 12, 2016 Mandates for the provision of telemedicine have driven insurance companies and employers to jump into arrangements with many telemedicine companies. The availability of low-risk arrangements for the payer make these deals attractive because they’re light on out-of-pocket expenses, often only charging when a...

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Vermont’s Plans for HIT

Federal Telemedicine News, September, 11, 2016 The “Vermont Health Care Innovation Project” (VHCIP) report was sent to the Vermont legislature http://healthcareinnovation.vermont.gov to update the state’s investment in health IT, health information exchange, and telehealth Telehealth strategy is being developed in collaboration with...

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