House Bill Would Remove Telemedicine Obstacles for Vets

May 28, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
A new bill introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives would allow veterans affairs (VA) health professionals, including contractors, to practice telemedicine across state borders.

Study: Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Docs Prescribing "Inappropriately"

May 27, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
Providers treating patients through direct-to-consumer telehealth services were more likely to prescribe costly, antibiotic resistance medication than in-person doctors, according to the recent findings of a research study.

Report: Clinical Health IT Market to Near $20B in 2019

May 26, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
The clinical health IT market is expected to reach $19.7 billion in 2019, according to a recent report from BCC Research.

Study: Telemedicine Consults Reduce Costs for Pediatric Rural Patients

May 22, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
Telemedicine could be an effective cost-savings tool in bringing care to rural pediatric patients, according to the findings of a study from the University of California - Davis Health System.

Report: Global Telemedicine Market Poised for Significant Growth

May 21, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
The global market for telemedicine technologies, including hardware, software, and services, stood at $17.8 billion in 2014, and is anticipated to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 18.4 percent through 2020, according to a new report from Research and...

Oregon Telehealth Projects Target Population Health Improvements

May 15, 2015   |  David Raths
The State of Oregon has awarded grant funding for five one-year telehealth projects that support the state’s healthcare system transformation efforts. Each project will work to address a unique population and system challenge in areas such as behavior health,...

Updated 21st Century Cures Bill Includes Interoperability, Telehealth Language

May 13, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
The House Energy and Commerce Committee released an updated version of the 21st Century Cures Act this week, which includes specific language on the interoperability of EHRs and telehealth coverage. Health IT stakeholders have begun to share their reactions to...

Mednax to buy Virtual Radiologic for $500M

May 12, 2015   |  David Raths
In a sign that the teleradiology market is heating up, Mednax Inc., a publicly traded provider of pediatric subspecialty and anesthesia physician services, announced it is purchasing Virtual Radiologic (vRad), a teleradiology services company, in a cash deal...

An Appreciation for the Evolving Role of Nurses in Health IT

May 12, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
National Nurses Week (May 6-12) is a great yearly reminder about how valuable nurses are to healthcare organizations, and how they are continuing to become fantastic clinical informatics leaders.

Report: Medicare Reimbursed Nearly $14M for Telemedicine Last Year

May 11, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
In 2014, Medicare telemedicine reimbursement totaled $13.9 million, a number that has steadily increased since 2008, according to the Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and eHealth Law (CTeL).

UnitedHealthcare Expands Coverage Options for Telehealth Visits

May 7, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Health insurer UnitedHealthcare has announced that it is expanding coverage options for virtual physician visits.

ATA Ranks States on Telemedicine Policy

May 4, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) analyzed how all 50 states grade out on telemedicine policy, finding a supportive landscape for physician practice standards and licensure in slightly less than half of them.
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