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Current law restricts millions of Americans’ access to telehealth services

The Washington Post, October 19, 2014 Several of the nation’s largest pharmacies and health-care companies are urging lawmakers to expand the types of telehealth services that can be covered by government insurance programs, arguing that an outdated federal law is limiting the number of Americans who can access telemedicine. Under current...

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Global telemedicine technology market to hit $43 billion by 2019

Fierce Health IT, October 17, 2014 Spurred by drastic growth in "telehome" technology adoption, the global telemedicine tools market will likely reach $43.4 billion within five years, according to a new report published by Wellesley, Massachusetts-based BCC Research. The market for telehome technologies, or tools that enable outpatients to...

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VA treated 690K veterans through telemedicine in fiscal year 2014

Fierce Health IT, October 13, 2014.  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) says it provided remote care to more than 690,000 veterans during fiscal year 2014. About 55 percent of those veterans live in rural areas with limited access to VA facilities.  "A brick-and-mortar facility is not the only option for healthcare," VA Secretary...

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Stuck in the waiting room

The Economist, October, 11 2014.  The idea of telemedicine—health care provided using telecommunications equipment—has a lengthy history. Radio News, an American magazine, devoted its cover to a patient at home consulting a doctor in his surgery via a television link as long ago as 1924. When NASA began monitoring astronauts in space in...

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How Telemedicine Is Changing Health Care

U.S. News, October 7, 2014 You could say telemedicine keeps patients at a distance – but Jonathan Linkous prefers to say it keeps them close. During “The Telemedicine Advantage,” part of the U.S. News Hospital of Tomorrow forum, Linkous, chief executive officer of the American Telemedicine Association, described the myriad ways...

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$22.1 Million to Improve Access to Health Care in Rural Areas

HRSA, September 26, 2014 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, PhD, RN, announced more than $22 million to support health care in rural areas, including funds that will provide resources and expertise for telehealth solutions, improve emergency medical services, and help communities build networks...

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Telemedicine as a Tool to Provide Family Conferences with Critically Ill Patients

NETRC Webinar: September 23, 2014 Presenter: Prema Menon, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care Dr. Menon is a board certified Pulmonary/Critical Care Physician with expertise in End-of-Life communication in the intensive care unit (ICU). She...

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States Graded on Telemedicine Policy

ATA, September 9, 2014 The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) today released two critical state policy reports which identify gaps in coverage and reimbursement, and in physician practice standards and licensure. These first-of-their-kind reports identify and compare state policies on a report card, assigning each state grades ranging from...

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Stakeholders concerned licensure compact fails to boost telemedicine access

Fierce Health IT, September 8, 2014. The Federation of State Medical Boards' finalized model interstate licensure compact, unveiled last Friday, does not do enough to boost telemedicine access in a meaningful way, according to James Turner, senior policy counsel for the Health IT Now Coalition. Turner, in a statement released shortly after the...

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Maryland invests in cloud-based telehealth to improve correctional health care, cut costs

Government Technology, May 21, 2014. The state of Maryland has invested in telemedicine to reduce costs of medical care at its correctional facilities.  In a recent presentation, the executive director of clinical services for their system is projecting a clear return on investment, mostly in the form of reduced costs in staff time to transport...

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