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$16 million in funding to improve health care in rural America

HRSA Press Release, August 11, 2016 More than $16 million has been awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to improve access to quality health care in rural communities, including funds that will expand use of telehealth technology for veterans and other patients, assist providers with quality improvement activities,...

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Can Remote Monitoring Keep COPD Patients Out of the Hospital?

mHealth Intelligence, August 11, 2016 A New York-New Jersey health system is using a $1.5 million federal grant to study whether a remote monitoring program can boost outcomes for Hispanic patients diagnosed with COPD. The grant, issued by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute...

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CMS Reducing Barriers to Telehealth Reimbursement

Center for Connected Health Policy News, August 9, 2016 Check out the CCHP's newsletter with highlights about State Plan Amendment requirements for Medicaid programs, new Medicare payment models with telehealth exemptions, and a fact sheet on the CY 2017 proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule that included telehealth updates.

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Four tenets of a successful telehealth program implementation

TechTarget, August 5, 2016 Whether in rural Alaska or in an urban city, a telehealth program has the ability to add value to the way healthcare organizations deliver care.Massachusetts General Hospital, a hospital and accountable care organization in Boston, has learned this first hand. Mass General began its telehealth program in 2011....

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Telehealth Program Connects African Cancer Clinic with U.S. Specialists

mHealth Intelligence, August 4, 2016 A telehealth program linking cancer specialists across the U.S. with an African hospital will soon expand to several other countries, pushing cancer diagnosis into regions where there might be one pathologist per 1 million people. The program, Partners for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment in Africa, was...

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FCC launches mapping tool to explore link between health, broadband access

mobihealthnews, August 3, 2016 Zip code is often the best indicator of health outcomes, so in the age of digital health, it’s no surprise that those isolated from physical healthcare hubs are often also isolated from the technology that could fill those gaps. That's why the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health Task Force has...

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How a Boston blizzard kickstarted telehealth at Massachusetts General

mobihealthnews, August 3, 2016 Most Bostonians look back on the blizzard of late 2014 less than fondly. But there was a silver lining for Massachusetts General Hospital, which found in the snowstorm the perfect test case for its then-fledgling telehealth program.  “Two years ago, Boston received some record-breaking snowfall,” Marcy...

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Is the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Good or Bad for Telehealth?

mHealth Intelligence, July 28, 2016 Federal officials are stepping in to help the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact - even as critics call the effort “crony doctoring.” The cross-state licensure compact was launched in 2013 by the Federation of State Medical Boards, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit comprised of some 70 state...

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Central Mass. hospitals receive $1M for telemedicine

WBJournal.com, July 28, 2016 Heywood Hospital and UMass Memorial Medical Center have received nearly $1 million in combined funds as part of a telemedicine pilot being conducted by the state. The announcement of the funding was made Wednesday by the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) as part of $11.3 million in health care...

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NYP gets in on the on-demand health services hustle

HealthcareDIVE, July 26, 2016 Dive Brief: New York-Presbyterian has announced on Tuesday a new fleet of digital health services to help expand patient care. The telehealth services also hope to extend access of their physicians across its network. The digital NYP OnDemand suite will include tools relating to second opinions, urgent...

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