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VA to Provide Rural Vets Access to Specialty Care via Telehealth

July 11, 2012  | 
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has implemented a new initiative, Specialty Care Access Network-Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (SCAN-ECHO), to increase access to specialty care services for Veterans in rural and medically under-served areas...

Michigan Governor Signs Telemedicine Bill

July 6, 2012  | 
Michigan Governor Rick Synder has signed a bill in the state that requires health insurance providers to recognize claims for health services delivered by telemedicine methods. The legislation, House Bills 5408 and 5421, were originally sponsored by state Reps....

Integrating Telehealth and the EHR

June 21, 2012  |  Jennifer Prestigiacomo
Here’s a look at several HRSA Office for Advancement of Telehealth grantee organizations and their recommendations for what CIOs, CTOs, and CMIOs need to do to achieve integration and interoperability in telehealth.

VA Declares Lofty Telemental Health Consultation Goal

June 20, 2012  | 
The Department of Veterans Affairs has set a goal to conduct more than 200,000 clinic-based telemental health consultations for mental health specialties in the fiscal year 2012, in what the department calls is an effort to increase Veterans’ access to mental...

Report: Videotaping Care Reduced Readmissions

June 4, 2012  | 
According to a paper produced by the non-profit research consortium Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute, the use of video ethnography helped contributed to a rapid reduction in hospital readmission rates for elders with heart failure. At the Kaiser...

Idaho Health System Saves $1.7 M in Transport Costs

May 3, 2012  |  Jennifer Prestigiacomo
The Boise, Idaho-based Saint Alphonsus Health System has developed multiple applications for telemedicine among its four-hospital, 714-bed integrated healthcare system that have, as of January this year, saved the system $1.7 million in medical transport (life...

Making the eVisit Work

April 27, 2012  |  Jennifer Prestigiacomo
Since April 2009, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) health system has facilitated more than 4,000 electronic visits (eVisits), and even more importantly, has engaged four different payers to reimburse for this electronic service. This eVisit...

High Satisfaction from UC-Davis Pediatric Telemedicine Program

April 24, 2012  |  Jennifer Prestigiacomo
To improve the level of emergency care provided to children presenting to rural and underserved hospitals in Northern California, the University of California Davis Children’s Hospital (UCDCH) has created a pediatric telemedicine program. Even though this...

Mainstreaming Telemedicine

April 20, 2012  |  Jennifer Prestigiacomo
Earlier this month I had a conversation with Gary Capistrant, senior director, public policy, American Telemedicine Association, and he brought up a really interesting point relating military servicemembers and telehealth, and it got me thinking what really needs...

Diabetes Telemonitoring Pilot Sees Early Wins

April 19, 2012  |  Jennifer Prestigiacomo
HEALTHeLINK, the Buffalo-based Beacon Community, has had early successes with its diabetes telemonitoring pilot that identifies high-risk patients through mobile monitoring before they are hospitalized. The pilot, which has enlisted local home health agencies...

Treating Arkansas Women via Telemedicine

April 9, 2012  |  Jennifer Prestigiacomo
Before the Arkansas START (System To Access Rural Telecolposcopy) program began offering telecolposcopy through rural clinics, thousands of women were either delaying important gynecological treatment or simply going without. Telemedicine projects like these...

Payer Trends in HIT

March 27, 2012  |  Jennifer Prestigiacomo
In a recent webinar about payer trends in HIT, I found the Gary Austin’s perspectives to be very refreshing. Not only did he urge payers to embrace technology for their consumer initiatives, but he also advocated they underwrite health information exchanges (HIEs...


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