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.

Ezekiel Emanuel: Tertiary Preventative Care will Curb Health Spending, Improve Quality

November 18, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D. chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and a former adviser of health policy to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA),...

“Houston, We Have Solutions”

November 17, 2014     Mark Hagland
The 1995 movie “Apollo 13” made famous the (slightly misquoted) quote, “Houston, we have a problem.” How about coming to Houston for discussions that will offer (healthcare strategic) solutions, instead?

The Trouble with Putting Care Management in a Box

November 17, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Health IT leaders are finding it difficult to define care management technology because they’re finding it difficult to define care management. Experts spoke to HCI on the increasing wave of investment into these technologies and provided a wide range of...

Advocate Health Care's Bruce Smith and His Team Lead a Successful Patient Portal Initiative

November 15, 2014     Mark Hagland
At Advocate Health Care, in the western suburbs of Chicago, IT leaders, including CIO Bruce Smith, have been leading a successful patient portal initiative that’s connecting—and satisfying—patients and their physicians

Solving Mississippi’s Diabetes Problem with Telehealth and Care Management

November 14, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Mississippi has the highest rate of people with diabetes of any state in the union. The University of Mississippi Medical Center is leading the charge with a telehealth-based care management program to change its standing. HCI spoke with one of the program’s...

University of Arkansas Provides Maternal Telemedicine in Oklahoma

November 13, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has announced that it has started providing telemedicine support to high-risk pregnant mothers in Oklahoma.

Survey: Providers Embrace Telemedicine, Despite Obstacles

November 11, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Nine out of 10 providers are pursuing telemedicine programs, according to a survey of healthcare executives by law firm Foley & Lardner LLP.

Washington Debrief: How the Republican Election Victories Impact Health IT Reform

November 10, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
The Republicans will take over leadership of the Senate and will have an expanded majority in the House when the 114th Congress begins in January. Shifts in committee leadership, especially in the Senate, increase the likelihood that health IT reform...
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