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Cigna Adds Behavioral Health Consults to its Telehealth Services

September 30, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Health services organization Cigna has announced expanded telehealth services for millions of Americans enrolled in Cigna administered medical and behavioral health plans for 2017.

Healthcare Leaders Tout Telehealth as “The Future of Medicine” at New York HIT Summit

September 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Telehealth will change how physicians practice medicine, and healthcare organizations beginning to test the waters now will have a competitive advantage—that was the consensus among healthcare leaders during a panel discussion on telehealth at the New York...

Indian Health Service Awards $6.8 Million Contract to Avera Health for Telemedicine Services

September 22, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Avera Health, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based health system will provide telemedicine services for seven hospitals and eight health centers within the Indian Health Service (IHS), as part of $6.8 million contract.

USDA Announces Funding for Seven Telemedicine Projects in Rural Areas

September 20, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding funds to seven telemedicine projects in rural areas to expand access to healthcare and substance misuse treatment.

Congressional Leaders Exploring Use of Digital Health to Improve Federal Healthcare Programs

September 16, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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During a U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means subcommittee on Health hearing, Congressional leaders sought insights from the healthcare industry on using digital health to cut costs, increase efficiency and improve quality in the healthcare system.

For Children with Asthma, Telemedicine Can be as Effective as an In-Person Visit, Study Shows

September 9, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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In rural areas, access to asthma specialists can be a challenge for patients. A new study indicates that telemedicine can be a viable alternative to traditional in-person physician-based care for the treatment and management of children’s asthma conditions.

HHS Awards $350,000 to American Academy of Pediatrics to Improve Care for Children Impacted by Zika

September 8, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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HHS has awarded $350,000 to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to provide education, including tele-consultations, to clinicians providing care to children who are or may be impacted by the Zika virus.

Interest in Technology-Enabled Care Grows, But Concerns about Quality, Data Security Remain, Study Finds

September 6, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Consumers are open to technology-enabled healthcare, such as remote patient monitoring and telemedicine, but continue to have strong concerns about the quality of care and the security of their healthcare data, according to a recent consumer survey-based study.

Memorial Health Care Systems, Bryan Health Partner on Virtual Care for Rural Nebraska Patients

August 24, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Memorial Health Care Systems (MHCS) has partnered with Lincoln, Neb.-based Bryan Health to launch Memorial eVisit, a virtual care platform to provide healthcare services to rural Nebraska patients.

HHS Delivers Telehealth Progress Report to Congress

August 22, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Following up on a Congressional request, HHS has issued a report providing an update on the department’s current telehealth efforts, largely focusing on how delivery system reform initiatives may increase its use.

Mayo Clinic Expands Emergency Telemedicine Services

August 22, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic is implementing a new telemedicine strategy and will converge its emergency telemedicine practice in order to provide scalable, standardized services across its nationwide telemedicine enterprise.

HRSA Awards $16 Million to Expand Telehealth Use in Rural Communities

August 12, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Health Resources and Service Administration, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded four grants totaling $16 million to improve access to quality health care in rural communities.

National Business Group Survey: Telehealth on the Rise, Uncertainty around ACOs

August 12, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Nine in 10 employers will make telehealth services available to employees in states where it is allowed next year—a sharp increase from 70 percent this year, and from 7 percent in 2012, according to a recent National Business Group on Health survey.

CMS Expands Value-Based Medicare Advantage Model, Allows Telemedicine for Some Conditions

August 11, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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CMS announced updates to the design of the second year of the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design model to open the model test to new participants, add three new test states and add two additional conditions.

HealthTap Expands Virtual Care Services with Multi-User Specialist Consults, Language Interpreters

August 9, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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HealthTap, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based virtual care services provider, has expanded its platform to facilitate multi-participant virtual consultations with medical translation and interpretation services.

Medicare Announces Rural Health Project Participants with Telehealth as a Goal

August 5, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)’ new project that will aim to increase access to care for Medicare beneficiaries in areas of the country where access to health services can be limited will leverage telehealth as one of its aiding services.

Report: POS Diagnostics, Virtual Reality Among Top 10 Technologies Likely to Transform Healthcare in Next Decade

August 4, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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High-tech tools such as point-of-care diagnostics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality, along with telehealth and convenient care, are set to transform healthcare by 2026, according to a new paper from Deloitte Life Sciences and Health Care.

Study: Kaiser Permanente Telestroke Program Accelerates Stroke Diagnosis and Treatment

July 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The use of a life-saving clot-dissolving treatment for patients with acute ischemic stroke increased by 73 percent following the implementation of a Kaiser Permanente telestroke program, according to a study published The Permanente Journal.

NewYork-Presbyterian Launches Enterprise-Wide Digital Health Services Platform

July 26, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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NewYork-Presbyterian, a New York City-based integrated healthcare delivery system comprised of nine hospitals, is rolling out a new suite of digital health services, NYP OnDemand, with a particular focus on expanded telehealth services.

AHRQ Awards Grants to Support Use of Telemedicine to Improve Opioid Addition Treatment

July 18, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of HHS, is investing $9 million over three years in an initiative that uses Project ECHO to improve opioid addiction treatment in rural primary care practices.

USDA Announces More Telemedicine Funding

July 18, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that it will fund 81 Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) projects in 32 states, with the aim to connect rural communities with medical and educational experts in other parts of the country.

Hawaii Governor Signs Bill to Expand Coverage for Telehealth Services

July 11, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Hawaii Governor David Ige (D) has signed a bill into law that expands the coverage for telemedicine services in the state.

AHRQ Study: Telehealth Use Effective for Remote Monitoring, Counseling of Chronic Disease Patients

July 5, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Research on the use of telehealth is vast and varied, yet there is evidence to support its effectiveness for specific uses, such as remote patient monitoring for patients with chronic conditions, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

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