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Remote rehab — Telehealth helps seniors recover in rural areas

New Hampshire Union Leader, December 10, 2016 Samuel Brown was laughing with co-workers when his legs suddenly gave out. He ended up at a New York City hospital and then sent home. The next day he was back at the emergency room with limited feeling in his legs and with no real answers as to why. A month later, the 86-year-old is rock...

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One Hospital’s Experiments in Virtual Health Care

Harvard Business Review, December 9, 2016 Few recent trends in health care delivery have more power to improve population health, patient and provider experience, and hospital business models than virtual care. But for an industry reliant on, and in many ways limited by, brick-and-mortar facilities, this movement will mean significant...

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New Jersey Seeks to Regulate Telemedicine

New Jersey Law Journal, December 5, 2016 New Jersey lawmakers are coming close to enacting legislation that would regulate the practice of telemedicine, in which patients remotely receive medical evaluation or counseling from their health care providers, generally over the internet or by phone. The Assembly Health and Senior Services...

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How Project ECHO Is Fighting to Make Health Care Welcoming to LGBTQ People

Outward, December 2, 2016 n March 2016, a program called Project ECHO: LGBT Health launched with its sights set on a vexing problem: LGBTQ people have specific health care needs, but far too often, providers are not equipped to meet them. Uniting physicians, nurses, and other medical practitioners from across the country for a yearlong...

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Dermatology Services Now Available via Telehealth Technology to UnitedHealthcare Medicaid Beneficiaries in Rhode Island through Thundermist Health Center

Business Wire, December 1, 2016 People enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s Medicaid plan in Rhode Island may now receive faster diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders using remote digital imaging and telehealth technology through Thundermist Health Center. Thundermist’s primary care providers are able to deliver more timely diagnosis and...

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Senate Unanimously Passes Telemedicine Legislation

mHealth Intelligence, November 29, 2016 A telemedicine program born at the University of New Mexico is set to become a national model for pushing healthcare into remote and underserved regions. The Senate on Tuesday approved by a 97-0 vote S. 2873, the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act. The bill places UNM’s five-year-old...

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Telemedicine Visits in Upstate NY Are Likely to Surge Next Year

TelecomReseller, November 29, 2016 Upstate New Yorkers will embrace telemedicine as an alternative to getting care for minor conditions next year and are expected to use that option more than 50,000 times by the year 2018, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield officials predicted today. Relying on national studies, local projections and preliminary...

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OMH: New Yorkers can access remote psychiatric services

timesunion, November 21, 2016 The state Office of Mental Health has developed regulations that allow remote sessions with psychiatrists, addressing a longstanding shortage of such counselors in rural or otherwise underserved areas. There are safeguards regarding privacy and the techonological standards surrounding this telepsychiatry, according...

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Remote Monitoring Platform is an mHealth Lifeline for New York’s ‘Sickest Children’

mHealth Intelligence, November 18, 2016 A remote monitoring program has reduced hospitalizations and saved more than $2 million for a New York City-based home care agency that deals with some of the country’s sickest children. The positive results reported by St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children could go a long way toward making...

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For Telehealth and mHealth, Value-Based Care Takes Time to Work Out

mHealth Intelligence, November 17, 2016 Healthcare providers are gradually coming to realize that telehealth can be a key component in the transition to value-based care. But not everyone’s definition of value will be the same. With roughly six out of 10 U.S. health systems now using telehealth, it’s safe to say there are more doctors...

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