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2014 Up-and-Comer: Teladoc

May 15, 2014  |  David Raths
It took a while to pick up steam, but showing growth both through acquisition and deals, the Dallas-based Teladoc now provides 24/7 access to medical care for adults and children experiencing non-emergency medical issues via phone, secure online video, mobile...

Why I Am Excited to Be Attending ATA 2014

May 14, 2014  |  David Raths
I am excited to be attending the American Telemedicine Association annual meeting in Baltimore May 17-20 because when I looked beyond the inspirational keynote addresses to the concurrent session descriptions, I sensed that there has been a real change in how...

Mercy to Create ‘Virtual Care Center’

May 12, 2014  |  David Raths
Located in Chesterfield, Missouri,a four-story, 120,000-square-foot virtual care center will open in 2015 and accommodate nearly 300 physicians, nurses, specialists, researchers and support staff. Care will be delivered 24/7 via audio, video and data...

Telemedicine Regulation Tucked Away in Medicare Reform

May 9, 2014  |  Gabriel Perna
Tucked away in a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule that aims to cut down on “unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome” Medicare regulations on hospitals and other healthcare providers was regulation on telemedicine.

Washington Debrief: CMS Plans to Link MU, Quality Data to Medicare Reimbursement

May 5, 2014  |  Jeff Smith, Director of Public Policy at CHIME
By tying hospital reimbursement to participation in Meaningful Use, the federal government is taking another significant step in healthcare payment and delivery reform. The proposal solidifies a permanent role for the Meaningful Use program beyond the period...

Information Technology Can Simplify Weight-Loss Efforts

April 29, 2014  |  John DeGaspari
Researchers at the University of Missouri, Columbia, have found that information technology such as smartphone applications can help dieters integrate healthy behavior changes into their daily lives. The study, “Successful Weight Loss: How Information Technology...

Children's Specialized Hospital Uses Robot for Patient Interaction

April 28, 2014  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The N.J.-based Children's Specialized Hospital has deployed the use of a robot that allows physicians to interact with their patients at any hour of the day without physically being in the hospital.

State Guidelines for Telemedicine Practice Developed

April 28, 2014  |  Gabriel Perna
The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has approved state guidelines for practicing medicine through the use of telemedicine technology.

How IT is Driving Changes in Community-Based Healthcare

April 25, 2014  |  John DeGaspari
How is IT being used to transform healthcare delivery at the community level? At the annual meeting of the New York State Chapter of HIMSS, on April 23 in New York City, which was attended by Healthcare Informatics, Mary Ann Christopher, MSN, R.N., president...

UPMC’s Dr. Andrew Watson Pushes the Envelope on Clinical Language Understanding

April 23, 2014  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Natural language processing technology is proving instrumental in using free-text information to drive clinical decision support. UPMC’s Dr. Andrew Watson discusses how important it is for healthcare organizations to use NLP tools to unlock their data.

Tech-Focused Medical Group Startup Raises $40 Million

April 17, 2014  |  Gabriel Perna
One Medical Group, a San Francisco-based startup that allows patients to schedule same-day appointments, request prescriptions, track their personal health between visits, and get lab results digitally, is receiving $40 million in funding this week.

UT Southwestern Develops Telestroke Program

April 9, 2014  |  Rajiv Leventhal
UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas has launched a telemedicine program that will extend immediate access to UT Southwestern’s stroke care center during crucial time periods.


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