Telehealth in the News

Check out the latest in telehealth news and updates:

  • Employers' Use of Telemedicine Expected to Increase Dramatically

    Healthcare Dive

    A survey conducted by the National Business Group on Health indicated that "nearly half of all employers plan to provide telehealth services in states where they are allowed to in 2015."

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  • Asynchronous Virtual Visits Adept for Routine Care

    FierceHealthIT

    Physicians at the Massachusetts General Hospital are utilizing asynchronous virtual visits to keep track of chronic-care patients and utilize the newly-freed time for those that require more immediate attention.  This article mentions "success with conditions such as high blood pressure, and there's some evidence that depressed patients might be more forthcoming with the online questionnaire than in person."

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  • CMS Issues Final Rule to Extend Meaningful Use Requirements

    iHealthBeat

    On August 29th, CMS announced that providers and other various eligible organizations will be granted an additional year to update electronic health record systems in order to meet the Stage 2 standards of the meaningful use program. "Under the 2009 economic stimulus package, providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHRs can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments."

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  • Telemedicine Growing in Ohio, but Faces Obstacles

    Telegraph Forum

    Telemedicine "technology can improve access to care as the number of family physicians is expected to drop 39 percent by 2020 and fewer specialists are interested in moving to rural Ohio." However, major issues involve payment and billing (both regarding private and public payers) as well as licensing and credentialing.

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  • Cell-Help Program

    UCSD Discoveries Magazine

    In 2011, UC San Diego began a pilot study to "evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a mobile phone-based form of DOT called "Video Directly Observed Therapy", or VDOT." The purpose of the design was to reduce or even eliminate barriers that are associated with the traditional in-person monitoring; the study showed VDOT can be a feasible, acceptable, and cost-saving means of monitoring patient-treatment adherence.

  • The Promise of Telemedicine to Pare Health Costs

    Insurance Journal

    This article addresses why telemedicine's potential cost-savings of $6B per year is not occurring.

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  • Online Tool Predicts Physician Shortages at Local, National Levels

    iHealthBeat

    Thanks to a Web-based tool, FutureDocs, physician shortages can now be predicted at local, state, and national levels and “can be leveraged to guide industry changes”. Researchers noticed “the physician shortage problem is caused in part by the way doctors are distributed among specialties, rather than a lack of doctors.”

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  • It's Been a Big Week for Telemedicine and Telehealth

    Forbes

    This Forbe's article discusses telehealth's potential in the health care industry, marking it as "...an intriguing idea that takes full advantage of the proliferation of smartphones and high-speed mobile data networks."

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  • In the Age of Apps, Can You Protect Your Privacy?

    US News

    This US News article explains how to secure personal data in the age of apps.

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  • California law, Mercy investment bode well for telehealth

    MobiHealthNews

    Feature article on telehealth advances nationwide, which includes the passage of AB 415.

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