State Innovation Models to Invest in Health IT

January 26, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
The State Health Innovation Plans developed by 25 states—with support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)—plan to significantly invest in health IT services, according to a recent analysis from the New York-based research firm, Accenture.

One Doctor Explains How EMRs Drove Him to Practice Through Telehealth Only

January 22, 2015     Gabriel Perna
The direct-to-consumer telehealth market is on the rise. Who are the doctors behind this and what do they see in this form of practice? One of them, Timothy Howard, M.D., a family physician located in Owens Cross Roads, Ala., explains his motivations for being...

Top Ten Tech Trends: Direct-to-Consumer: Alternative Methods of Telehealth Take Hold

January 21, 2015     Gabriel Perna
When Google does something, the rest of the world notices. The powerful tech giant has that kind of influence, whether it is in search, mobile, or some other kind of software service. Thus, when the company launched a “direct-to-consumer” telehealth service,...

Washington Debrief: Strong Finish for MU in 2014 Doesn’t Allay 2015 Concerns

January 20, 2015     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
The percentage of hospitals required to meet Stage 2 measures grows from 51 percent (2,563) in 2014 to 80 percent (3,952) in 2015. With such a large portion of the nation’s hospitals required to meet Stage 2 for the entire year, CHIME and other organizations...

Health IT VC Funding More Than Doubles in 2014

January 15, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Venture capital funding in the healthcare IT sector in 2014 more than doubled last year’s total, coming in at $4.7 billion, according a new report from consulting firm Mercom Capital Group.

Sue Schade’s Leadership Vision

January 14, 2015     John DeGaspari
Sue Schade is the recipient of the 2014 John E. Gall, Jr. CIO of the Year Award, in recognition of her professional contributions over a 30-year career in healthcare IT, 15 of which has been spent as a CIO. The award, which is sponsored by the College of...

Telestroke Solution Rates Higher Than National Average for Administering tPA

January 13, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Telestroke networks using the telemedicine platform from the Alpharetta, Ga.-based REACH Health have a higher rate of administering a clot-dissolving drug in stroke patients than the national average, REACH officials say.

New York State Passes Telemedicine Law

January 12, 2015     Gabriel Perna
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into a law that requires insurers to offer the same reimbursement to patients who get services via telehealth and telemedicine as if it were done in person.

Report: U.S. Patient Monitoring Market Poised for Major Growth

January 7, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
The U.S. patient monitoring market is projected to grow to more than $5 billion by 2020, mostly due to telehealth expansion, according to a recent report from market researcher iData Research.

USDA Dishes Out Rural Telehealth Grant to Essentia Health

January 5, 2015     Gabriel Perna
The United States Departure of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the Duluth, Minn.-based health system, Essentia Health more than $200,000 to expand rural telemedicine services in three states.

Digital Health Funding Surpasses $4.1B in 2014

January 5, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Venture funding for digital health companies surpassed $4.1 billion in 2014, good for a 125 percent year-over-year growth, according to a new report from Rock Health, a San Francisco-based company that provides funding and full-service support to start-up...

Mayo Clinic to Offer Telemedicine Services for Public School Staff

December 29, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
The Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic Health System’s campuses in Albert Lea and Austin, Minn. have partnered with public schools in Austin to offer telemedicine solutions to school staff and their dependents.
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