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  • UVA Cites Success with Telemedicine, Telestroke in Rural Care

    Through the use of telemedicine and telestroke in rural care, the University of Virginia (UVA) reduced 30-day hospital readmission rates by 40 percent for patients with heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, stroke, and joint replacement. In a subcommittee hearing by the U.S Senate on FCC’s Universal Broadband Fund and Rural Healthcare (RHC) Program, Dr. Karen Rheuban, Medical Director for the Office of Telemedicine and Director for the Center for Telehealth at UVA presented a testimony that addressed the critical importance of enhancing the RHC program. Much of Rheuban’s testimony cited the many challenges telemedicine curbed within rural Virginia, such as easing the stress in overburned health facilities and reducing the barriers remote communities face in receiving proper healthcare.


  • Telepsychiatry Opens a New Window into Behavioral Healthcare

    mHealth Intelligence

    Telepsychiatry is one of the fastest-growing platforms in the telemedicine space these days, due in large part to improvements in video-conferencing technology. Mental healthcare is described as the one medical field in which the doctor doesn’t have to lay hands on a patient, which means that psychiatrists, psychologists and behavioral and mental health counselors can get more out of a digital health session than an in-person visit compared to other disciplines. “Nowadays we can easily, across a screen, look face-to-face with somebody,” says John Sharp, chief behavioral health officer for MDLive. “We can do what we normally would do in an office … but then we can also see how that person lives.”   “You can actually get into their environment” with an online platform, adds Zereana Jess-Huff, American Well’s vice president of behavioral health. “More than any other use case, this makes psychology an ideal [platform for] telehealth.” 


  • The Changing Telehealth Landscape


    When healthcare providers and information technology (IT) appear together in the news, it is often for less than positive reasons. The cyber security issues that have plagued everyone have not left physicians and hospitals unscathed; ransomware has held health systems large and small hostage; and laws such as HIPAA and HITECH have imposed considerable liabilities on providers. Concern about cyber security and the complexities inherent in IT matters is not misplaced. In a 12-day span in April, two separate HIPAA settlements handed down by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) directly involved IT issues--one, a phishing incident, led to a $400,000 settlement, and the other, which involved a stolen laptop and a lack of safeguards for electronic PHI on mobile devices, led to a $2.5 million settlement. Clearly, the presence of HIPAA and HITECH, combined with the prevalence of cyber security issues, creates a perilous IT landscape for providers.