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North country patients benefit from telemedicine during winter months

Watertown Daily Times, January 11, 2016 For north country residents who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, winter can be a double-edged sword. The cold, dark days of the season can take a toll on one’s mental health, and at the same time, heavy snowfall and icy road conditions can prevent those who are experiencing symptoms of...

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Massachusetts announces plan for digital health hub in Boston

mobihealthnews, January 7, 2016 Leaders of the city of Boston and the commonwealth of Massachusetts came together today at Boston Children’s Hospital to announce a new public-private partnership aimed at enhancing the profile of digital health in Boston.  The City of Boston will work with Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech...

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Massachusetts Uses Telemedicine Technology to Expand Access to Behavioral Health Services

Lexology (blog post from Mintz Levin), January 6, 2016 Recognizing the importance of telemedicine, a committee of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission recently voted on a grant program that will award up to $500,000 each for two telemedicine pilots that target the behavioral health needs of children, homebound seniors, and people with...

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States Begin 2016 with Expansion of Telehealth Services

The National Law Review, January 6, 2016 As we enter into the new year, the health industry continues to see expanded access to telehealth services.  After a whirlwind 2015 in which we saw over 200 telehealth-related bills introduced in 42 states, New York and Connecticut emerge as the first states in 2016 to implement laws that expand...

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N.Y Awards $2.35 Million to URMC

Federal Telemedicine News, January 3, 2016 Over the next five years, the University of Rochester Medical Center’s (URMC) www.urmc.rochester.edu Office for Aging Research and Health Services (OARHS) will receive $2.35 million from the New York State Department of Health to establish a Finger Lakes Center for Excellence in Alzheimer’s...

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Maine Seacoast Mission brings islanders care by boat

Boston Globe, December 28, 2015 Part old-fashioned island mission, part newfangled telemedicine provider, the Sunbeam brings health services to the frozen Maine coast At noon on a sunny December day, the Sunbeam, flagship of the Maine Seacoast Mission, pulls into the harbor at Matinicus Island. Islanders on the dock wave, then call out to the...

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Telemedicine effective for diagnosing illness in children at school

FierceHealthIT, December 28, 2015 A remote-healthcare model for children in daycare, elementary schools and neighborhood after-hours sites was effective in establishing diagnoses and ruling out more serious conditions, according to a study published at Telemedicine and e-Health. The authors says these common diagnoses should be eligible...

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Will the CBO Give Telemedicine a Fair Shake?

mHealth Intelligence, December 22, 2015 Advocates say the Congressional Budget Office has been dismissive of projected savings in telemedicine-themed bills. Others say they're just being cautious. Both theories could soon be put to the test.With Congress soon to see proposed legislation that would allow more Medicaid coverage of telehealth...

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The Telehealth Outlook for 2016

Lexology, December 22, 2015 As 2015 winds down, I think it is safe to say that it has been a whirlwind year in telehealth.  According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), over 200 telehealth-related bills were introduced in 42 states.  The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has launched an interstate physician...

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Nursing students training for future of virtual health care

Niagara-Wheatfield Tribune, December 15, 2015 The rise of virtual health-care technology could soon allow patients to receive checkups from the comfort of their living rooms, eliminating the need to travel to a hospital or doctor's office. To prepare the next generation of nurses for this technology, the University at Buffalo School of...

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