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.

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As the U.S. population grows, the physician workforce shrinks, and information technology fundamentally changes the way care is delivered, the Institute of Medicine says graduate medical education needs an overhaul.
July 30, 2014
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Former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as new Veterans Affairs secretary secretary on Tuesday, just as a new VA overhaul bill gives a substantial push for new health IT initiatives at the troubled agency.
July 30, 2014
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When researchers at UPMC's Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh reviewed more than 1,000 pediatric consultations offered in Latin America via telemedicine, they found that physicians in those countries were highly satisfied with the service and believed telemedicine had improved patient outcomes.
July 22, 2014
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As IBM and Apple team up for a new "mobile first" platform, we could be seeing what happens when the power of Watson analytics is put into a smartphone to be queried like Siri at the point of care.
July 16, 2014
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Despite the bad press the Department of Veterans Affairs has received in recent weeks, officials are seeing marked success from their telehealth programs, which have enabled the agency to treat more veterans, reduce hospital admissions and save some serious money.
June 27, 2014
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The nation's largest physicians' association has officially put its foot forward with telemedicine, after establishing guiding principles to ensure coverage and reimbursement for telemedicine services.
June 12, 2014
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Making telemedicine work is often no easy process, but officials from Boston-based Partners HealthCare, a longtime leader in connected health, believe they've done it. So what's their secret?
May 22, 2014
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The promise of mHealth technology is almost limitless. But both inside and outside the hospital, providers are finding the tricky part is figuring out the best and most effective ways to unlock it.
May 14, 2014
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The face of telehealth is changing in ways that are becoming unrecognizable from just a few short years ago. No longer is it just a rudimentary communication between healthcare providers and patients. It is now a substantive encounter that reflects the intimacy and personal nature of a face-to-face visit, providers of new-generation technology say.
May 13, 2014
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New guidelines issued by the Federation of State Medical Boards could have a chilling effect on the growth of telemedicine -- especially in rural areas and among low-income patients, say some patient advocates, healthcare providers and healthcare companies.
May 5, 2014
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The face of telehealth is changing in ways that are becoming unrecognizable from just a few short years ago. No longer is it just a rudimentary communication between healthcare providers and patients. It is now a substantive encounter that reflects the intimacy and personal nature of a face-to-face visit, providers of new-generation technology say.
May 1, 2014
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With consumers entranced by fast-evolving technologies and accustomed to price competition, healthcare is set to be transformed by innovations from other sectors of the economy such as retail and telecommunications, according to a new study by PwC's Health Research Institute.
April 14, 2014
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In today’s competitive healthcare landscape, attracting patients and retaining them with the latest care options is critical to organizations’ success. With patient satisfaction top of mind, patients are now in the driver’s seat when it comes to where and how they receive treatment. Healthcare organizations find themselves challenged with providing more accurate, timely care. Many are embracing telemedicine as a way to provide faster, more convenient care and diagnosis as well as more cost-effective treatment.
May 22, 2014
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February 17, 2014
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January 14, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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Within the wide scope of use for wireless communications, the ability to use radio frequency for identification and location tracking has become very prevalent. This white paper provides a look into how RTLS is helping hospitals save money and how early adopters have paved the way for a widespread acceptance.
October 2, 2013
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The case for telemedicine in today’s healthcare world is rapidly changing. Not only does it reduce the costs of chronic care, it has been shown to improve outcomes. This white paper discusses where Telemedicine is today and where it's headed, based on technologies that are available and the increasing rate of adoption.
October 2, 2013
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Watch this video about the integration of real-time vital signs data with existing EHR. Sentara Healthcare’s Vice President and Chief Information Officer Bert Reese shares how his nationally recognized IDN leverages clinical informatics solutions to streamline care and integrate information into the healthcare delivery system.
February 26, 2013
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As hospitals adopt and expand mobile computing strategies, power systems are critical to ensuring caregivers access the information they need, shift after shift, where it matters most – at the point of care. The marketplace is filled with competing claims about which factors matter most. To help hospital decision makers evaluate their options, here are seven questions to ask in evaluating mobile computing workstations, primarily focused on power systems.
February 5, 2013
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A recent survey of IT executives found nearly 90% see business value in transitioning to Cloud computing, but only 20% have a plan to get there. Healthcare Cloud solutions require Compliance, Security, Privacy, Redundancy, and Scalability, so choosing the right path from on-premises servers to the Cloud can be daunting. Learn how to chart a quick and affordable course to healthcare <a href="/directory/cloud-computing" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Cloud Computing</a> and how to choose the right Cloud services partner.
November 7, 2012
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In January 2010, QualSight - the nation’s largest LASIK manager serving over 75 million health plan members - was informed that a hack attempt had been made against their infrastructure. They were concerned that a repeat occurrence could take place and wanted to take a pro-active role in eliminating any future occurrence. Download this case study to find out how QualSight finally found a solution that offered complete HIPAA compliancy.
November 7, 2012
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Increasingly, consumers and payers are looking at quality of care, making traditional enterprise-centric care delivery models incomplete.
August 21, 2013
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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
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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
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A question came up on the Society for Participatory Medicine's e-mail list the other day. Basically, it boiled down to how we would define Patient-centric Health IT.
January 10, 2013
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The Federation of State Medical Boards has produced an overview of telemedicine licensure across the US.
December 31, 2012
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Until recently, the specialized equipment, complexity and expensive network infrastructure required by video, as well as poor Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement policies made it impractical to utilize televideo technologies for the delivery of care unless the patient was a great distance from the doctor.
January 19, 2012
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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As part of GE Healthcare's ongoing commitment to fight cancer, the company announced today a new online patient resource – www.IsMyCancerDifferent.com. The website, the first of its kind to focus on educating cancer patients about molecular-level testing, was launched at the Social Health Summit, a meeting that brings together patients, healthcare professionals, advocacy organizations and health bloggers.
September 19, 2011
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