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Legislation Introduced in NY

Federal Telemedicine News, June 8, 2016 On May 27, 2016, Act (A 10436) http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A10436  was introduced in the N.Y Assembly and referred to the Committee on Health. The Act would enable the Commissioner to establish and help promote a statewide telehealth/telemedicine network to serve the entire state including...

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Broadband: The Missing Link to Rural Telehealth Success

mHealth Intelligence, June 6, 2016 Health systems from Maine to Minnesota need reliable broadband to extend their telehealth networks to rural residents. But will the feds make the connection? A small Minnesota hospital using remote monitoring technology to serve the state’s four poorest counties is hitting a familiar roadblock: Lack of...

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A new approach to dementia care

Boston Globe, June 4, 2016 Dementia patients who punch and kick other nursing home residents and staff often are prescribed powerful medications to control their behaviors, but those drugs come with dangerous and sometimes lethal side effects. Now, a new study from Boston researchers suggests one way that can significantly reduce use of...

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Senior complex to offer telemedicine services

WCSH (Maine), June 3, 2016 A senior housing complex is making it easier for residents to stay healthy and cut down on transportation costs. The Young Street Apartments celebrated it's grand opening today. The 28 unit 6 and half million dollar complex is wired for telemedicine allowing residents to consult with a doctor without having to make...

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Telepharmacies Give Providers a Growing Rx for Success

mHealth Intelligence, June 1, 2016 Once used solely for filling prescriptions online, health systems are finding new uses - and benefits - for telepharmacy platforms. In rural communities across the country, it’s often more difficult to find a pharmacist than it is to find a doctor. Now healthcare providers are using telemedicine...

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US Agriculture Secretary Visits NH to Discuss Opioid Crisis

MyChamplainValley.com, May 9, 2016 U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the leader of the Obama Administration’s national initiative on rural opioid abuse, visited Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Monday to see what it’s doing to help fight the region's opioid epidemic. "I know how important this is personally. My mom, prescription...

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Telemedicine Program Will Extend Parkinson’s Care Throughout NYS

PRNewswire, May 4, 2016 A new program launched by neurologists at UR Medicine will expand access to care and serve as a national model for the management of Parkinson's disease and other chronic illnesses.  The Parkinson's Disease Care, New York (PDCNY) program will be a largely virtual network providing free care to as many as 500 underserved...

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Project ECHO Poised to Become a National Telehealth Model

mHealth Intelligence, April 29, 2016 A ground-breaking telehealth project launched in 2011 to push hub-and-spoke videoconferencing platforms out to rural providers may become a national initiative. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have introduced the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act, which seeks to...

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AHA: Limited coverage, geographic restrictions pose major barriers to telehealth adoption

FierceHealthIT, April 27, 2016 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services must include telehealth in value-based payment models and lift geographic restrictions on its use, a new brief published by the American Hospital Association argues. Currently, the AHA points out, limited coverage remains a major hurdle to more robust adoption...

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Rochester Physician Presents Telemedicine Report at Senate Briefing

CTeL News, April 26, 2016 Dr. Kenneth McConnochie, University of Rochester Medicine, addressed Capitol Hill to advocate for Medicaid funding for telemedicine. Telemedicine saves both time and money and provides medical access in areas previously under served. An estimated 15 million U.S. children live in areas where there is a shortage of...

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