UC Davis Doc Gets Grant to Study Telemedicine in EDs

December 19, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
A grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will fund an investigation that will look at how telemedicine consultations in emergency departments impact clinical outcomes, including cost effectiveness.

In Ohio, Optimizing Stoke Care With Telemedicine

December 19, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Inside a large Ohio health system is the OhioHealth Stroke Network, which uses video conferencing and clinical documentation tools to have stroke neurologists on call 24/7. The value of telemedicine has been proven, says the network's system business...

American Well Receives $80 Million in Funding

December 16, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Boston-based telehealth vendor, American Well has raised $80 million in funding and added various investors to its ownership team.

Walgreens to Offer 24/7 Telehealth App for Consumers

December 8, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Walgreens, the Deerfield, Ill.-based national pharmacy chain, is launching a direct-to-consumer telehealth mobile health (mHealth) app that will give consumers 24/7 access to a doctor.

AMIA Year in Review: Top 10 Health Informatics Events of 2014

December 8, 2014     David Raths
One of my favorite sessions at the AMIA conference each year is the selection of the top 10 events in health informatics for the year. For eight years, Daniel Masys, M.D., a professor at the University of Washington, presented the top 10. In 2014, OHSU's...

Washington Debrief: CMS’ Proposed ACO Rules Look to Boost Telehealth

December 8, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published proposed rules for the next phase of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) to encourage broader participation in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Some provisions would encourage use of...

ONC's Five-Fold Federal Health IT Plan Looks Beyond EHRs

December 8, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released a five-fold federal health IT strategic plan, which focuses on widespread health data sharing and looks beyond adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems.

Mississippi Governor, FCC Official Laud Telehealth Initiative

December 4, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn recently stopped by North Sunflower Medical Center to pay tribute to the University of Mississippi Medical Center's (UMMC) led telehealth-based diabetes...

USDA Awards $8.6M for Rural Telehealth Initiatives

November 25, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded 31 grants totaling $8.6 million for rural telemedicine efforts across 34 states.

Advancing the Use of Data: Baylor Scott & White Plunges Into Population Health Management

November 24, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
The leading patient care organizations are adjusting to the new healthcare, with numerous IT indicatives to aid them along the way. In Texas, one large health system has advanced its use of data, leading to more successful population health management.

Expert: Third-Party Telemedicine Services Can Complicate Care Management

November 21, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Third-party telemedicine services are promising but may complicate the care management under new reimbursement models, says Ryan Spaulding, Ph.D., Director for the Center for Telehealth and Telemedicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Can the “Doctorless” Patient Model Be Effective?

November 20, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Earlier this week at the NYeC 2014 Digital Health Conference, Eric Topol, M.D., gave a speech about using digital health tools in a push towards a “doctorless” patient model. After listening to the keynote, I wondered about the practicality of this approach.
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