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Industry groups to Congress: Telemedicine licensing ‘out of date’

Fierce Health IT, June 18, 2014.  In letters sent in June to members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Health, the American Telemedicine Association and Health IT Now both encourage passage of the Telehealth for Medicare (TELE-MED) Act of 2013, saying the legislation would increase patient access to healthcare by...

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VA reduces admissions by 35% due to telemedicine services

EHR Intelligence, June 23, 2014.    A new study published by Adam Darkins, Chief Consultant for Telehealth Services at the Veterans Administration, highlight the growth in use of telehealth by the VA and a number of favorable outcomes.  In 2013, utilization grew to 1.8 million episodes of care to over 608,000 patients, and, among home health...

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Using robots in rural hospitals

Federal Telemedicine News, June 29, 2014.  An article and white paper from the Kansas Health Institute illustrated uses by some small rural hospitals of  sophisticated telemedicine robots to help ease the shortage of specialists in their areas and in one instance boosting the bottom line at a critical access hospital. Read more

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Are Apple, Google, Intel, and Samsung setting the stage for behavioral health via smart device and the “Quantified Self?”

Telemental Health Institute Blog, June 21, 2014.  Telemental health leader Marlene Maheu explores in a three-part essay where the technology of personal health sensors and apps for mobile devices is leading us.  The high tech companies would love for the health monitoring data now in consumer managed siloes to be integrated into the digital...

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Medical Boards draft plan to ease path to out-of-state and online treatment

  New York Times, June 29, 2014. Officials representing state medical boards across the country have drafted a model law that would make it much easier for doctors licensed in one state to treat patients in other states, whether in person, by videoconference or online. Read more

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CMS proposes expanded telehealth coverage for 2015

Fierce Health IT, July 3, 2014. Annual wellness visits and psychotherapy are among four services the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing to add to the list of services that can be provided to Medicare beneficiaries via telehealth, according to a proposed update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for the 2015 calendar year...

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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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