California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 415, the Telehealth Advancement Act of 2011, and opened the door for far-reaching expansion of telehealth services in California.
The bill was authored by Assembly Member Dan Logue (R-Chico), recognizing telehealth’s future role in providing access to health care. It was supported by the state's telehealth stakeholders and leaders and passed with no opposing votes in the legislature.
The telehealth bill advances and updates California's 1996 Telemedicine Development Act. Itl enables health care providers to better provide care for Californians especially in rural and underserved areas of the state. The act allows for the provision of a broader range of telehealth services, expansion of telehealth providers to include all licensed healthcare professionals, the expansion of telehealth care settings and the ability for California hospitals to establish medical credentials for telehealth providers more easily.
The California State Rural Health Association (CSRHA), sponsor of the bill, worked in collaboration with the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP), the California Telemedicine and eHealth Center (CTEC), the California Telehealth Network (CTN) and many other health care organizations in the state, including the CCHP Telehealth Model Statute Work Group, to make crucial recommendations for the new bill.
North Carolina-based health IT company Lenovo Health and Orbita, a Boston-based connected home healthcare company, launched a virtual home care solution and showcased the technology at HIMSS17 in Orlando.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has announced five winners in Phase 2 of the “Move Health Data Forward” Challenge, a contest to develop solutions to help with the flow of health information.
At the HIMSS17 conference in Orlando on Monday, The National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) unveiled NATE’s Blue Button Directory (NBBD) and is demonstrating it as part of the Federal Health Architecture’s demonstrations in the HIMSS17 Interoperability Showcase.
At the HIMSS17 conference in Orlando, the nonprofit Regenstrief Institute announced a partnership with analytics vendor Health Catalyst involving Regenstrief's artificial intelligence-powered text analytics technology.
Cybersecurity has been elevated to a central concern for healthcare providers, with more attention at the board level and the C-suite, according to a new survey by Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The study found that 42 percent of organizations have a vice president or C-level official in charge of cybersecurity and for 39 percent of organizations, the head of cybersecurity is at the director level.