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How Telemedicine Is Transforming Health Care

The Wall Street Journal, June 26, 2016 After years of big promises, telemedicine is finally living up to its potential. Driven by faster internet connections, ubiquitous smartphones and changing insurance standards, more health providers are turning to electronic communications to do their jobs—and it’s upending the delivery of health...

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North country hospitals partner with Upstate University Hospital, use telemedicine to treat stroke patient

Watertown Daily Times, June 23, 2016 Every minute counts when treating a patient with stroke symptoms, and four north country hospitals now have technology available to help them make quick, informed decisions and save lives. Through a partnership with Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, Samaritan Medical Center, Carthage Area Hospital,...

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AMA: Telemedicine training should be core part of med school

FierceHealthcare, June 16, 2016 The American Medical Association is urging telemedicine training to be part of medical school curricula, an announcement it made days after releasing new telemedicine guidance on physician responsibilities. Telemedicine training should be incorporated at both the undergraduate and graduate levels as a core...

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Ethical considerations prompt new (AMA) telemedicine ground rules

AMA Wire, June 13, 2016 With the increasing use of telemedicine and telehealth technologies, delegates at the 2016 AMA Annual Meeting adopted new policy that outlines ethical ground rules for physicians using these technologies to treat patients. The guidelines The policy, based on a report from the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial...

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(RI) Senate passes telemedicine bill

The Block Island Times, June 10, 2016 The Rhode Island Senate has passed legislation that will provide insurance coverage for island residents who make use of telemedicine technologies. The bill (2016-S 2756aa) requires “insurers to provide coverage for the use of telecommunication services rendered to subscribers who reside on islands located...

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Cape Cod Five Awards MV Community Services Telemedicine Grant

CapeCod.com, June 8, 2016 The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank has donated $4,500 to fund a telemedicine grant for the agency’s Martha’s Vineyard Counseling Center. The donation was made from the Cape Cod Five Foundation to Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. The donation came on the occasion of the bank’s grand opening...

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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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