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Industry Organizations Praise Senate Passage of VA Mission Act

May 24, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed, by a vote of 92-5, a major Veterans Affairs (VA) reform bill that includes health IT-related provisions to improve health data exchange between VA healthcare providers and community care providers.

Connected Health Initiative Outlines Federal Policy Recommendations

May 14, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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ACT | The App Association's Connected Health Initiative (CHI) recently submitted a letter to the White House outlining a number of recommendations for telehealth and connected health technologies.

VA Issues Telehealth Rule that Waives State Provider Licensing Requirements

May 11, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a final rule that allows VA providers to offer telehealth services from anywhere in the country to veterans nationwide, waiving state provider licensing requirements that limit access to care.

Connecting Docs in Colorado

May 10, 2018  |  Pamela Tabar
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When primary care and mental healthcare delivery are both paramount, innovation needs to happen at every place the patient arrives. This mantra, born out of a statewide telehealth initiative, is transforming care in Colorado.

Florida County Addresses Behavioral Health Shortage with Free Telehealth Services

May 4, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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To address a shortage of behavioral healthcare providers in Polk County, Florida, county officials launched a program to provide uninsured and low-income county residents with free access to behavioral health providers via telehealth services.

World Health Care Congress 2018: NewYork-Presbyterian CEO Expresses Great Hope for Telemedicine, Virtual Care

May 1, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Steven J. Corwin, M.D., president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian, said that telemedicine is the single healthcare innovation that he thinks has the best chance to turn around the troubling trends of rising costs and poor access.

Telehealth Platform Consolidation Continues with InTouch Purchase of Reach Health

May 1, 2018  |  David Raths
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In the second telehealth vendor consolidation announced this week, InTouch Health announced it has agreed to acquire Reach Health, which provides enterprise telemedicine systems for multiple specialties and settings of care.

American Well to Acquire Avizia

April 30, 2018  |  David Raths
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Telehealth provider American Well has agreed to acquire Avizia, a provider of telehealth services in hospital settings.

House Subcommittee Advances Health IT Opioid Bills

April 30, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee on Wednesday passed a slate of bills aimed at addressing the nation’s opioid crisis, and many of the bills involved electronic health records (EHRs) and telemedicine. The bills will now go to the full committee...

Mass. General, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems Form Clinical Affiliation

April 26, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Massachusetts General Hospital will form a clinical affiliation with Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, in which the two provider organizations will collaborate on areas as telemedicine, research, and protocols for providing care, according to a report in the...

Senate Committee Advances Opioid Bill that Includes Telehealth Provisions

April 26, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted Tuesday to advance a bipartisan opioid bill, called the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, that includes provisions promoting the use of telemedicine in substance abuse treatment.

At One Florida Practice, MD Leaders are Leveraging Telehealth to Bridge Gaps in Care for Pediatric ADHD Patients

April 20, 2018  |  Heather Landi
article
A leading private pediatric practice in Jacksonville, Florida is seeing success with the use of a telehealth platform targeting a particular population of pediatric patients, children diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

AAFP Partners with Virtual Care Company Zipnosis

April 4, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and Minneapolis-based virtual care technology company Zipnosis have announced a partnership to provide a virtual healthcare platform to the AAFP's 129,000 members and their patients.

Report: Telehealth Market Estimated to Reach $19.5B by 2025

April 2, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
The global telehealth market is projected to reach $19.5 billion by 2025, according to a report from market intelligence company Transparency Market Research.

Allina Health Expands Online Care Offerings

March 30, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Allina Health, a Minneapolis-based, 12-hospital health system, recently announced the launch of Allina Health Everyday Online, an update to the health system’s online diagnosis and treatment service.

Enterprise Telemedicine Strategies Gaining Steam, Survey Finds

March 20, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Healthcare providers are increasingly leveraging a centrally-managed (enterprise) approach to telemedicine, according to the results of the REACH Health 2018 U.S. Telemedicine Industry Benchmark survey.

Draft Bill Aims to Increase Access to Addiction Treatment via Telemedicine

March 1, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Draft legislation introduced by Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Congressman Gregg Harper (R-MS) this week aims to increase access to medication-assisted addiction treatment in underserved areas through the use of telemedicine.

Intermountain Healthcare Opens New Virtual Hospital

March 1, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Intermountain Healthcare has launched one of the nation’s largest virtual hospital services, bringing together 35 telehealth programs and more than 500 caregivers to enable patients to receive remote medical care, according to an announcement from the health...

Penn Medicine Opens Up Telehealth Hub

February 16, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Philadelphia-based Penn Medicine has opened its Center for Connected Care to centralize the health system’s telemedicine activities.

Telemedicine Association Names New CEO

February 15, 2018  |  David Raths
news
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has named Ann Mond Johnson its new CEO, replacing Jon Linkous who stepped down suddenly last August after 24 years as the organization’s CEO.

At NewYork-Presbyterian, Virtual Health is Transforming How Care is Done

February 13, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
NewYork-Presbyterian’s senior vice president and chief transformation officer says that the organization’s core vision was to build a comprehensive suite of telehealth services, rather than just one program.

Report: Telehealth Adoption Still Lagging, but Healthcare Execs See the Value

February 12, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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More than half of healthcare executives said in a recent survey that they have already implemented telemedicine in their organization, but budgets supporting such initiatives are still modest.

House Funding Bill Includes Telehealth, MU Provisions

February 7, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The House of Representative has passed a short-term bill that will fund the government through March 23 while also including various provisions that promote aspects of health IT.

CHIME Calls for FCC to Double Funding for Rural Health Care

February 6, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
In comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on a proposed telehealth rule, CHIME urged the agency to consider doubling funding for rural health care and to use funding to focus on areas impacted by the opioid crisis.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, a Thoughtful Push toward Digital Health Innovation

January 30, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
A healthcare organization being located right next to Silicon Valley undoubtedly has its advantages, but one local leader contends that it’s also a double-edged sword.

Health IT Now Forms Opioid Safety Alliance with Tech-Centric Agenda

January 25, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Health IT Now has launched its Opioid Safety Alliance with the aim to advance technology-enabled solutions to combat the scourge of opioid misuse.

Telehealth Services Continuing to Gain Traction, Albeit Slowly, Research Finds

January 23, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Telehealth services continue to gain traction in medical group practices, though at a slow pace, according to a new MGMA Stat poll.

On the Horizon: A Delivery System Increasingly Untethered from In-Person Patient Visits

January 16, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
An op-ed in The New England Journal of Medicine, authored by Sean Duffy and Thomas H. Lee, M.D., lays out clearly an argument for the path forward around a care delivery system increasingly untethered to in-person patient visits

Senate Passes VETS Act to Expand VA’s Telehealth Services

January 4, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
The U.S. Senate Wednesday evening passed the Veterans in E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2017 (VETS Act), S. 925, bipartisan legislation that aims to expand telehealth services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

For Doctors Without Borders, Telemedicine Brings Specialized Care to the Front Lines

December 22, 2017  |  Heather Landi
commentary
As healthcare IT leaders focus on leading-edge and next-generation technologies in 2018, it's worth recognizing the benefits of more fundamental technologies, such as telemedicine, to help link patients in greatest need with specialized care.

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