According to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), last week’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have a positive impact on the development and adoption of telehealth. Jonathan Linkous, CEO of the ATA, says the ruling will further accelerate the deployment rate for telemedicine, mHealth, and other remote healthcare technologies.
The association says the announcement lifts a cloud of uncertainty that has caused many health providers to delay decisions to modernize and invest in telemedicine. It also says the decision protects valuable investments in telemedicine made by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI.).
Now that the Supreme Court has ruled, we can move forward with the modernization of our healthcare delivery system, integrating telemedicine to improve care, reduce costs and increase access for everyone in America," Linkous said in a statement.. "ATA will continue to work with Federal and state legislators from both parties, as well as all public and private payers, to adopt these proven, valued technologies into our healthcare system."
With the aim of improving patient safety monitoring, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently developing and testing an improved patient safety surveillance system.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is awarding $210 million to Seattle-based University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative, with the funds going toward the construction of a new building to serve as the initiative’s hub.
More than half (56 percent) of healthcare professionals believe their organization could be doing more to educate employees on HIPAA compliance and the rules around sharing protected health information.
The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is partnering with DigitalGlobe to create the Health Equity Atlas Initiative (ATLAS), a platform that standardizes and maps population data in order to generate insights that address health inequities.