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HHS Budget Request for HIT

Federal agency budget requests for health information technology initiatives are increased for the HHS Office of the National Coordinator but reduced for CMS Agency for Health Research and Quality.  The CMS FY 2015 request for IT systems and support reaches $478 million. HHS Budget Request for HIT Federal Telemedicine News, Mar. 9, 2014

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Hospital to test Google Glass for real-time ER care

Rhode Island Hospital in Providence appears poised to become the first hospital in the nation to test Google Glass for real-time emergency room care, with an initial focus on ER patients with skin conditions who agree to participate in the study. Hospital to test Google Glass for real-time ER care Fierce Health IT, March 7, 2014

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Debate on mobile app regulatory oversight heats up

The PROTECT Act introduced in the Senate in February would eliminate the FDA oversight of mHealth applications. The mHealth Regulatory Coalition argues that the effect of the bill would be to undermine patient safety Debate on mobile app regulatory oversight heats up Fierece Mobile Healthcare, Feb. 28, 2014

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American Well: The Doctor Will See You Online

Telemedicine company American Well offers anyone urgent-care video consultations on mobile devices for $49 a pop. American Well, a leading telehealth firm that contracts with payers and providers, has launched a direct-to-consumer service. Consumers can now download a free app to their computers or mobile devices and connect online with a...

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CMS awards contract to implement text4baby in four states

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has awarded a three-year contract to support the implementation of text4baby, the nation's largest and only free mobile health service for expecting and new moms, in four still-to-be-determined states. Read more

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ATA: Internet-Video Service Not to Blame for Oklahoma Physician’s Medical Practice Violations

The use of Skype has been inaccurately portrayed as the primary cause for a recent disciplinary action involving an Oklahoma physician and mental health professional, according to American Telemedicine Association (ATA). The physician was disciplined by the Oklahoma State Medical Board for failure to establish a prior physician-patient...

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Startup will build New York’s ambitious patient portal

A New York City startup firm, Mana Health, has been awarded the contract to build a patient portal for the Statewide Health Information Network of New York. This portal, which will make electronic health records available to consumers from all of their participating healthcare providers. Information Week Healthcare, August 15, 2013

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Rural Telehealth Capabilities and Outreach Continue to Grow

Innovative telehealth programs for rural health care delivery are profiled and benefits cited, including: 1) school-based telehealth by the Georgia Partnership for Telehealh, 2) home-based chronic disease management by FirstHealth Home Care Services of North Carolina, 3) Certified Diabetes Education services by Inland Northwest Health Services in...

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Opportunity at ConnectNH

ConnectNH will be convening a sub-committee to work on issues related to telehealth in New Hampshire.  We are in the process of collecting names of individuals who would be interested in participating in the group.  Please contact Kim Mohan if you are interested in joining.

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Regional Pilot Program looking for Participants

The New England Telehealth Consortium (NETC), located in Bangor, Maine, is looking for participants for a pilot program. If you are interested in this opportunity contact: Jim Rogers. President of ProInfoNet, Jim is also a Managing Agent at NETC. Voice:  207-947-3636. Fax: 207-942-4852.

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