Telehealth

Telehealth comprises all the communication and information technology that allows care professionals to manage patients remotely. By allowing patients to receive healthcare at home and reduce patient wait times and hospitals' costs, telehealth looks like a winning solution. Telehealth is still in its relatively early phases, but it has momentum: In September 2010, California launched the largest telehealth network in the United States.

RELATED STORIES:
California launches nation's largest telehealth network
Fifteen organizations receive $4M to boost telehealth efforts

 
A recent study involving 1,500 patients, conducted by the University of California Department of Medicine, found that remote monitoring and telephone-based nurse coaching intervention reduced hospital readmissions among patients with heart failure.
November 24, 2014
News
Digital healthcare is no longer a reality of the future. It's happening now. And, as the industry moves toward full digitization, previously resistant clinicians are slowly, but gradually, getting on board with embracing new digital technologies.
November 19, 2014
News
Simply knowing your options about what kind of reimbursement is available is arguably the biggest hurdle to launching a telehealth program. "If you can understand that," said Alexis Gilroy, a healthcare attorney with the firm Jones Day, "then you can navigate and build the right kinds of products and processes."
November 12, 2014
News
Persistent regulatory and reimbursement roadblocks notwithstanding, nine out of 10 providers are moving forward with telemedicine projects, according to a new survey.
November 11, 2014
News
The Nov. 4 midterm elections were a statement, to be sure, with Republicans wresting control of the Senate away from Democrats and expanding their lead in the House of Representatives. But what will this new political landscape mean for mobile and telehealth moving forward these next two years?
November 6, 2014
News
The final Physician Fee Schedule rule for 2015, published by CMS on Oct. 31, brings with it a number of changes that physicians and practice managers need to understand about chronic care, telehealth and meaningful use.
November 4, 2014
News
Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, is the founder and director of the Center for Connected Health, a division of Partners HealthCare in Boston, talks with mHealth News Editor Eric Wicklund about the progress made in mobile health technology, and the challenges remaining.
October 17, 2014
News
Tech giant Google is trying out the telehealth waters, after reports last week confirmed the company was in the trial phase of a video-based platform that connects consumers searching online for health data with physicians.
October 13, 2014
News
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is exporting its knowledge and management services around the world, to countries like China and Lithuania expanding healthcare for emerging middle class populations.
October 10, 2014
News
How do individual states stack up when it comes to telemedicine coverage and reimbursement? A new report from the American Telemedicine Association details just that.
September 10, 2014
News
Deloitte's Harry Greenspun, MD, sees exciting new advances on the horizon for mobile health technology, but also has some concerns. On the plus side, he thinks the "era of inflated claims" is about to come to an end for this hype-driven industry.
September 8, 2014
News
Nearly half of healthcare organizations polled for a new HIMSS Analytics report use telemedicine technology -- with some of them combining as many as four different tools to enable remote care.
August 14, 2014
News
At this session, you’ll see first-hand how you can use technology to enable better care team coordination and communication, how you can share information, including patient data, securely, and how you can easily use the data that you have to help make more informed and faster decisions.
November 18, 2014
Resource
Do Not Protect
http://himssmediawebinars.com/registration/webinar/technology-immersion-enabling-better-care-team-collaboration-and-communication?affiliatedata=hitnwebsite
Join this webinar to learn how healthcare organizations can build and leverage a telemedicine solution that supports their patient care goals and helps improve connection for better overall treatment.
October 16, 2014
Resource
Protect
http://himssmediawebinars.com/registration/webinar/telemedicine-speeding-collaboration-across-and-beyond-healthcare-landscape?affiliatedata=website
Lonnie Buchanan, Director, Enterprise IS Architecture, and Tara Larkin, Operations Director, Teleservices at Intermountain Healthcare will discuss how teleservices is enhancing healthcare delivery to improve patient engagement, satisfaction and outcomes while reducing operational cost.
September 19, 2014
Resource
Do Not Protect
http://himssmediawebinars.com/registration/webinar/delivering-better-patient-centered-care-lower-cost-teleservices?affiliatedata=website
Vendor Neutral Archives are giving PACS owners a direct path to image ownership. Outpacing PACS deployments by 5x, Vendor Neutral Archives are "unPACing" imaging archives at record rates. If you are considering a VNA solution or you want to understand how a VNA will support your enterprise image management strategy, read The VNA Guide. Learn why PACS "deconstruction" is giving way to VNA growth and know what to look for in your enterprise image management solution.
September 15, 2014
Resource
sites/default/files/resource-media/pdf/vna_-_part_2.pdf
Protect
Analysts are predicting a 25% year-over-year growth in VNA adoption. Some reports forecast an evolutionary shift from proprietary PACS archives to architecture-neutral VNA solutions. Healthcare business considerations for a move to VNA include: EMR adoption, new industry regulations, market consolidation, and "big data" management. Find out why CIOs are deploying VNAs as part of their enterprise image management strategy and why now is the time to "unPAC" your image archives.
September 15, 2014
Resource
sites/default/files/resource-media/pdf/mach7-2014-guide-to-vna_1.pdf
Protect
Universal, zero-footprint viewers help clinicians streamline diagnosis, improve result turnaround time and facilitate communication and sharing with patients. How "universal" must these viewers be to truly deliver on their promises? Here are five key criteria to look for before deploying a universal, zero-footprint viewer.
September 15, 2014
Resource
sites/default/files/resource-media/pdf/universal_viewer.pdf
Protect
Imaging informatics, one of healthcare IT's fastest growing segments, is poised for explosive change. Demand for anytime, anywhere access to complete patient information, including imaging, is on the rise. Learn how today's CIOs are breaking down barriers in imaging informatics to deliver vital patient care records where and when needed while reducing costs, improving diagnostic efficiency, and addressing Meaningful Use Stage 2 directives.
September 15, 2014
Resource
sites/default/files/resource-media/pdf/break_barriers.pdf
Protect
Read through valuable insights on the changing landscape of the Healthcare IT industry today. Learn about leading practices from our thought leaders and their strategic thinking through a series of interviews by Deloitte’s key industry leaders, client interviews, research and thought leadership articles on government reform, new risk-based models such as value-based care, M&A activities, growing patient populations and increased competition amid shrinking resources that are driving transformation.
February 17, 2014
Resource
Protect
http://www.pageturnpro.com/MedTech-Media/56077-The-Innovator-Hospital-Poised-to-Deliver-Future-Care/index.html
Imagine a world where patients everywhere receive the care they need--regardless of location.
January 14, 2014
Resource
sites/default/files/resource-media/pdf/073a-attfh_virtualcareipdf_01-06.pdf
Protect
Since 2009, Regional Obstetrical Consultants (ROC) has operated the Solutions to Obstetrics in Rural Counties (STORC) project, a telemedicine program that delivers care in rural areas to women with at-risk pregnancies who would otherwise have little or no access to greatly needed, high-risk care. Learn how the physicians at ROC have implemented a telemedicine solution to bring mobile healthcare to remote locations.
November 27, 2013
Resource
sites/default/files/resource-media/pdf/regional_obstetrical_greenway_customer_success.pdf
Protect
Healthcare organizations across the United States, from integrated delivery systems to academic medical centers to small clinics, are implementing telehealth networks into their clinical practices and operations. This white paper will review the real-life successes achieved by implementing clinical telehealth networks and how it can promote more efficient operations and better clinical outcomes.
October 29, 2013
Resource
sites/default/files/resource-media/pdf/2.3.1_att_telehealth_solution_application_spotlight.pdf
Protect
What makes telehealth one of the most significant developments in changing the way healthcare is delivered in the future? And how can it help build up a better healthcare system? The highly informative whitepaper, “Telehealth: Breaking Down the Barriers for More Connected Healthcare,” answers these questions and provides a thorough discussion of how the future of remote healthcare will depend on powerful technologies and networking, and how the government is helping encourage the widespread adoption of this critical new bridge between limited resources and growing demands.
October 29, 2013
Resource
sites/default/files/resource-media/pdf/2.3.3_telehealth_breaking_down_barriers_for_more_connected_healthcare.pdf
Protect
As Congress examines the U.S. public health system's response to Ebola this week, we need to take a look at laws and regulations that inhibit better treatment and increase protection for healthcare workers. Our existing rules and regulations around telemedicine are one such example.
November 19, 2014
Blog
It will be a while before the dust settles on last week's elections, but it seems safe to say many healthcare stakeholders are a little uneasy, at best.
November 12, 2014
Blog
Could the use of technologies that distance healthcare providers from the first-hand experience of the suffering of those they care for (such as telemedicine platforms and other forms of "virtual visits" or self-care tools) lead to a collective "stumbling over lines" with unfortunate consequences?
October 13, 2014
Blog
How can accountable organizations succeed both in delivering high-quality care and spending healthcare dollars more wisely, so that they can share in the savings they achieve for the Medicare program? Collaboration technology is the answer.
July 15, 2014
Blog
It's widely assumed that telemedicine presents a great opportunity to provide healthcare services to rural regions of the U.S. But a new report suggests many rural regions might not have the bandwidth required to make optimal use of it.
May 13, 2014
Blog
Is it safe and effective care for providers to evaluate and prescribe for patients that they've never met face-to-face?
April 11, 2014
Blog
In 2013, Kaiser Permanente conducted 10.5 million patient-doctor visits via e-mail, telephone or video tools, and in a new report the organization discusses some of the ways those visits took place.
March 24, 2014
Blog
Implementing, institutionalizing and fully leveraging the EMR is a massive undertaking, and with it comes a host of other implications, five of which will drive the following major trends in 2014.
January 16, 2014
Blog
This question came up in one of my classes last week: What do you believe is/are the most likely and important applications of telemedicine/telehealth in the future? I liked my answer so much, I thought I'd share it.
December 3, 2013
Blog
Increasingly, consumers and payers are looking at quality of care, making traditional enterprise-centric care delivery models incomplete.
August 21, 2013
Blog
In a world where most folks change jobs every couple of years, people are often amazed to hear that I started work in connected health 19 years ago. Implicit in their amazement is a question, “Why did you stick with it so long?” The quickest response is that the work we started back then is not yet finished.
April 25, 2013
Blog
As I watch healthcare providers in our integrated delivery system deal with the challenges of payment reform and accountable care, I am more optimistic than dismayed.
February 27, 2013
Blog
The mHealth Summit, the largest global conference and expo focused on the intersection of mobile/wireless and healthcare delivery, today announced that NantWorks Founder and Chairman, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, will help open the 6th annual Summit with a keynote address on December 8.
September 24, 2014
Press Release
Former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Trent Lott, and former senior Senate Finance Committee member Senator John Breaux, along with leading experts on telemedicine, today released new research showing that the use of connected care technologies for chronic disease management can result in high-quality, lower-cost care.
May 21, 2014
Press Release
Remote patient monitoring solutions, along with Interactive Voice Response, will assist Humana members in Ohio in complying with treatment plans and staying healthier.
June 13, 2013
Press Release
Miami Children's Hospital (MCH) is the first hospital in the country to launch a smartphone app for Apple iOS devices that uses Wi-Fi triangulation technology to offer patients the convenience of an on-campus indoor GPS-like way-finding system, along with other service enhancements.
June 5, 2013
Press Release
In the year since the first NYeC gala, there have been revolutionary advancements in health IT throughout New York and across the nation. On Monday, October 15th, five champions of health IT will be highlighted at the second gala and award ceremony.
September 28, 2012
Press Release
American Well™ announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Patient Advocates LLC that will result in the deployment of the Online Care For Providers telehealth solution for Maine clients. Patient Advocates is a health care management company that employers and patients count on to navigate the health care system. It maintains relationships with leading medical centers in order to ensure access to the highest levels of appropriate care.
October 25, 2011
Press Release
Across Europe, improved access to technology and the need to reduce healthcare delivery costs have underpinned the search for cost-effective solutions. Telemedicine has proved to be an economical alternative to conventional healthcare delivery, while providing personalised solutions. These factors are expected to assist telemedicine in becoming an integral part of the healthcare system.
October 20, 2011
Press Release
In an unprecedented move, CJPS Medical Systems announces that it will no longer charge for any connectivity fees for caregivers to access patient data when using VitalPoint® HOME, its state-of-the-art remote patient monitoring system.
October 17, 2011
Press Release
GlobalMed – the industry-leading telemedicine design, marketing and manufacturing company based in Scottsdale, Arizona – has signed an agreement with GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE) to sell the Vscan™, its pocket-sized, portable ultrasound device. The agreement provides domestic customers who buy or have purchased GlobalMed’s i8500 Series Mobile Telemedicine Carts with the option to add the Vscan to their telemedicine program.
October 3, 2011
Press Release
Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut, one of the state's oldest and largest home health agencies, announces that it has entered into a business relationship with Cardiocom to provide advanced home telehealth technology to patients with chronic conditions using Cardiocom's new Commander FLEX™ device. Cardiocom®, Experts in Telehealth(SM), is a world class developer, manufacturer and clinical service provider of award-winning telehealth solutions.
September 27, 2011
Press Release
American Medical Alert Corp (Nasdaq: AMAC), a leading provider of remote health monitoring and 24/7 communication services that enhances care, accelerates response times, improves operational effectiveness and delivers sustainable patient services, has announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Tunstall Healthcare Group Limited, a leading telehealth and telecare provider. Tunstall will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of AMAC for $8.55 per share in cash without interest, representing a premium of approximately 50% over AMAC’s closing share price on September 22, 2011, plus one Contingent Payment Right (CPR) per share providing a contingent cash payment for the holder of such common share in the event of a sale of AMAC’s interests in the Lifecomm joint venture or prior sale of Tunstall under certain conditions. The transaction is expected to close at the end of the fourth quarter of 2011.
September 23, 2011
Press Release
At Home Healthcare, a leading provider of home care announced it has entered into a business relationship with Cardiocom to provide advanced home telehealth technology to patients with chronic illness. Cardiocom®, Experts in Telehealth(SM), is a world class developer, manufacturer and clinical service provider of award-winning telehealth solutions.
September 21, 2011
Press Release