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Mercy Partners With Philips to Increase Telehealth Services

November 7, 2013  |  Rajiv Leventhal
St. Louis, Mo.-based Mercy, which operates 32 hospitals across four states, has teamed up with the Andover, Mass.-based Philips Healthcare to expand Mercy’s use of telemedicine technology to include medical and surgical hospital units.

Health IT Could Resolve Physician Shortage, Study Finds

November 7, 2013  |  Gabriel Perna
According to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and The Commonwealth Fund, the use of health IT and eHealth applications will likely decrease the need for in-person physician visits.

Washington Debrief: Congress Takes Step Towards SGR Repeal

November 5, 2013  |  Jeff Smith, Director of Public Policy at CHIME
While most health policy circles in Washington continued to deal with the fallout of a botched roll-out, congressional staffers this week unveiled a “discussion draft outline” to permanently fix the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula...

Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Mayo Clinic Team Up for Telestroke Services

October 31, 2013  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Lebanon, N.H.-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system has collaborated with Mayo Clinic to create a telestroke program, offering participating hospitals across New Hampshire and Vermont 24/7 access to specialists.

CareFirst to Invest $1.5M in Telemedicine Grants

October 21, 2013  |  Rajiv Leventhal
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a Baltimore, Md.-based health insurer, has announced that it plans to invest up to $1.5 million over the next three years to assist healthcare providers in expanding the use of telemedicine in an effort to increase access to...

BCBS Gives Oklahoma State $250K for Telehealth Expansion

October 4, 2013  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma has provided Oklahoma State University (OSU) Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa with a $250,000 grant to expand the OSU Telehealth network and provide additional access to healthcare for residents in rural areas of the...

Skype With Patients: Helpful or Harmful?

September 30, 2013  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Earlier this month, an Oklahoma doctor was disciplined for prescribing violations and using Skype to treat patients under his care. While the doctor’s specific actions seem punishable, a question that has been asked numerous times will undoubtedly come up again...

Children’s Medical Center Launches State’s First Neonatal Telemedicine Program

September 19, 2013  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Children’s Medical Center Dallas has announced it is launching the state’s first dedicated neonatal telemedicine program—the Children’s Medical Center TeleNICU.

Washington Debrief: Preview of National Health IT Week

September 16, 2013  |  Jeff Smith, Director of Public Policy at CHIME
Sept. 16-20 marks the 8th Annual National Health IT Week ( During NHIT Week, hundreds of health IT stakeholders fly to Washington, DC to advocate for better health IT-related policies. Stakeholders that cannot come to DC for are...

Bill Would Boost Telehealth Use for Medicare Providers

September 13, 2013  |  Gabriel Perna
A bill was introduced this week in Congress that would permit in-state license Medicare providers to utilize telemedicine services for Medicare beneficiaries elsewhere. The "Telemedicine for Medicare Act of 2013," was introduced by Reps. Devin Nunes (R-...

Remote Patient Monitoring: Can It Be A Solution to a Key Healthcare Problem?

September 12, 2013  |  Rajiv Leventhal
As we progress to the new healthcare, keeping people healthy will force healthcare providers to do things such as prevent hospital readmissions, or keep people from needing a hospital stay at all. And that will happen only if providers have some insight into what...

Telemedicine Initiative Expands Across State Lines

September 11, 2013  |  Gabriel Perna
A Middletown, Ct.-based primary care system, Community Health Center Inc., is expanding its telehealth program for underserved patients across state lines to Delaware, the provider announced this week.


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