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Survey: Among Health Plans, Telehealth has Great Support

August 9, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Virtually all surveyed employers (96 percent) will make telehealth services available in states where it is allowed next year, according to a new National Business Group on Health report.

American Telemedicine Association CEO Steps Down after 24 Years

August 8, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Following 24 years as CEO of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), Jon Linkous is resigning, the organization announced yesterday.

President Trump, VA Announce New Telehealth Initiatives for Veteran Care

August 4, 2017  |  Heather Landi
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will soon roll out expanded telehealth capabilities, including a new application called VA Video Connect, to provide greater access to health care for veterans, as part of an initiative announced by President Donald Trump...

Survey: Employers Bullish on Telemedicine Consultations

August 4, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Nearly eight in 10 (78 percent) of employers currently offer telemedicine consultations, with another 16 percent planning to or considering to by 2019, according to a recent survey from advisory firm Willis Towers Watson.

Adventist Health’s Journey to a Robust Virtual Care Network

August 2, 2017  |  David Raths
Four years ago Adventist started developing a vision around enhanced access to care in rural settings, and telehealth was central to its mission expansion.

Virtual Visits Cut NewYork-Presbyterian ER Wait Times

July 31, 2017  |  David Raths
With the rollout of a Telehealth Express Care virtual visit service, NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) Hospital says emergency room wait times at its Weill Cornell Medical Center have been cut in half.

Nurse Licensure Compact Goes Live, Enabling Nurses to Practice Telehealth in Multiple States

July 25, 2017  |  Heather Landi
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing announced Monday that North Carolina became the 26th state to join the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), triggering the compact to take effect in six months.

NewYork-Presbyterian Adds Pediatric Urgent Care to NYP OnDemand Platform

July 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital has launched Pediatric Urgent Care, the latest online service offering from NYP OnDemand, a suite of digital health services deployed by the NewYork-Presbyterian healthcare system, which services the New York...

At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Scaling Telemedicine to Fill Gaps in Specialized Care

July 13, 2017  |  Heather Landi
At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a particular group of subspecialists, pediatric ophthalmologists, are using the technology to fill gaps in specialist care in developing countries, with the goal of eliminating preventable infant blindness.

MultiCare’s Telehealth Journey to Improve Post-Acute Care

July 6, 2017  |  Heather Landi
As digital health technologies have advanced from basic vital-sign data collection to mobile platforms and video interfaces, MultiCare Health System has expanded its telehealth program, and is seeing significant results with reducing readmission rates.

POLITICO Report: Threats to Medicaid Programs in the Senate ACA Repeal Bill Could Harm Telemedicine

July 5, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
While the bills introduced into the House of Representatives and the Senate to repeal the ACA have focused almost exclusively on the health insurance provisions of the ACA, it turns out that Medicaid reimbursement for telemedicine is threatened, POLITICO...

Cardiac Monitoring Companies Will Pay $13.45 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations

June 27, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Companies involved in remote heart monitoring through the use of the Pocket ECG device have agreed to pay the Justice Department $13.4 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare for higher and more expensive levels...

Senators Introduce Bill to Expand Rural Telehealth Services

June 23, 2017  |  Heather Landi
U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) have introduced bipartisan legislation to expand access to rural telehealth services. The bill would allow non-rural hospitals serving rural areas to qualify for support from the Federal...

Teladoc to Acquire Medical Consultation Company in $440M Deal

June 21, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Telehealth company Teladoc has announced that it has acquired medical consultation firm Best Doctors for a deal totaling $440 million in cash and stock.

Rush University Launches Telemedicine Program for Movement Disorders Patients

June 20, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center has launched a new telemedicine program for movement disorders patients.

Survey: The Advisory Board Company Looks at the Virtual Care Opportunity

June 20, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
On June 19, The Advisory Board Company announced the results of a survey of healthcare consumers, one that has found a very high level of interest among consumers in the provision of virtual visits on the part of providers

Survey: 77 Percent of Consumers Interested in Virtual Doctor Visits

June 19, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Up to 77 percent of consumers would consider seeing a provider virtually—and 19 percent already have, according to a Virtual Visits Consumer Choice Survey from the Washington, D.C.-based The Advisory Board Company.

HP Launches All-in-One PC Designed for Healthcare

June 16, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Hewlett-Packard (HP) has announced the launch of a personal computer (PC) that officials say is tailored to combat customer pain points like security, infection control, and telemedicine in the healthcare industry.

National Quality Forum Issues Draft Telehealth Framework

June 13, 2017  |  Heather Landi
The National Quality Forum (NQF) issued a report that outlines a measure framework, with a prioritized list of measure concepts, and guiding principles for future telehealth measurement.

Startup Combines Genetic Consultation, Telehealth

June 12, 2017  |  David Raths
A San Francisco-based startup has created an independent network of clinical genomic experts to offer genetic consultation services to patients and providers via telehealth.

Telehealth Offerings to be Expanded in Texas with Passage of New Bill

May 30, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
As a result of a new bill signed in Texas that eases the delivery of care via telemedicine in the state, Teladoc has announced that it will expand its telehealth offering in Texas, re-activating its video capabilities.

Legislation that Would Expand Telehealth Use, Access Passes Easily in Senate Committee

May 19, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Senate Finance Committee, with unanimous approval, has passed bipartisan legislation that would expand telehealth services for chronic care patients in Medicare.

California Telehealth Network Partners With OCHIN

May 19, 2017  |  David Raths
OCHIN, a Portland, Ore.-based nonprofit health IT, research, and innovation organization, has formed a partnership with the California Telehealth Network.

Survey: Enterprise Approach to Telemedicine Becoming More Common

May 10, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
As the telemedicine industry continues to mature, U.S. hospitals are increasingly using a centrally-managed enterprise approach, according to the results from the REACH Health 2017 U.S. Telemedicine Industry Benchmark Survey.

Health Affairs: Telemental Health Visits Growing Rapidly Among Rural Beneficiaries

May 9, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Between 2004 and 2014, the number of “telemental” health visits among rural beneficiaries grew on average 45 percent annually, according to new research published in May Health Affairs.

Legislation Introduced to Eliminate Barriers for Telehealth Adoption in Rural Areas

May 8, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) introduced legislation that aims to expand reimbursement for telehealth services to rural clinics and metropolitan statistical areas with 70,000 people or fewer and also adds Medicare coverage for remote patient monitoring of...

Telemedicine Thoracic Surgery Expertise to be Offered on Maryland Eastern Shore

May 8, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Residents of the lower Eastern shore of Maryland who may require advanced lung surgery will soon be able to meet with clinical leaders in thoracic surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore via video teleconferencing.

Senators Reintroduce Legislation to Expand Use of Telehealth Under Medicare

May 3, 2017  |  Heather Landi
U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Mark Warner (D-Va.) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would expand telehealth and remote patient monitoring (RPM)...

VETS Act Introduced to Expand Veterans’ Access to Telehealth Services

April 27, 2017  |  Heather Landi
U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI), both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, reintroduced this week the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2017 (VETS Act), bipartisan legislation that aims to expand telehealth...

Survey: One-Third of Healthcare Providers Using Remote Patient Monitoring, Virtual Care

April 20, 2017  |  Heather Landi
About three-fourths of healthcare providers have virtual care initiatives in place, and about a third are using remote patient monitoring to improve patient engagement and access to care and more of these programs are likely to come, according to a survey...


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