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Washington Debrief: Call for Feds to Have Greater Transparency on Cybersecurity; CMS Announces MACRA Flexibility

September 12, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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CHIME and AEHIS last week submitted comments to National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) on a Request for Information (RFI) on cybersecurity.

For Children with Asthma, Telemedicine Can be as Effective as an In-Person Visit, Study Shows

September 9, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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In rural areas, access to asthma specialists can be a challenge for patients. A new study indicates that telemedicine can be a viable alternative to traditional in-person physician-based care for the treatment and management of children’s asthma conditions.

HHS Awards $350,000 to American Academy of Pediatrics to Improve Care for Children Impacted by Zika

September 8, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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HHS has awarded $350,000 to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to provide education, including tele-consultations, to clinicians providing care to children who are or may be impacted by the Zika virus.

Interest in Technology-Enabled Care Grows, But Concerns about Quality, Data Security Remain, Study Finds

September 6, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Consumers are open to technology-enabled healthcare, such as remote patient monitoring and telemedicine, but continue to have strong concerns about the quality of care and the security of their healthcare data, according to a recent consumer survey-based study.

Baltimore Launches Population Health Initiative to Address Racial Health Disparities

September 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) this week released a blueprint to improve health and wellness in Baltimore City with an overarching vision of reducing health disparities by half in 10 years.

Washington Debrief: ONC Announces Winners of App Challenges

August 29, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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ONC has prioritized efforts to enable patients and clinicians to easily aggregate health information across health IT platforms, with an emphasis on the use open APIs and FHIR.

EHRs’ Evolution: Are They Advancing Too Slowly?

August 24, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Last week, a commentary from physicians in JAMA about their dissatisfaction with electronic health records got me thinking about the different stages of technology’s growth.

Memorial Health Care Systems, Bryan Health Partner on Virtual Care for Rural Nebraska Patients

August 24, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Memorial Health Care Systems (MHCS) has partnered with Lincoln, Neb.-based Bryan Health to launch Memorial eVisit, a virtual care platform to provide healthcare services to rural Nebraska patients.

HHS Delivers Telehealth Progress Report to Congress

August 22, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Following up on a Congressional request, HHS has issued a report providing an update on the department’s current telehealth efforts, largely focusing on how delivery system reform initiatives may increase its use.

Mayo Clinic Expands Emergency Telemedicine Services

August 22, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic is implementing a new telemedicine strategy and will converge its emergency telemedicine practice in order to provide scalable, standardized services across its nationwide telemedicine enterprise.

HRSA Awards $16 Million to Expand Telehealth Use in Rural Communities

August 12, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Health Resources and Service Administration, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded four grants totaling $16 million to improve access to quality health care in rural communities.

National Business Group Survey: Telehealth on the Rise, Uncertainty around ACOs

August 12, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Nine in 10 employers will make telehealth services available to employees in states where it is allowed next year—a sharp increase from 70 percent this year, and from 7 percent in 2012, according to a recent National Business Group on Health survey.

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