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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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
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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
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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
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Looking to save a few bucks? Telehealth might just be the golden ticket to getting there, at least according to new analysis suggesting the remote care delivery model could potentially save U.S. companies a whopping $6 billion.
August 13, 2014
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Robots have long promised big things for the healthcare industry, but concerns have been expressed over efficacy and limitations. One area, however, has demonstrated the considerable benefits robots bring to the table, according to two recent reports.
August 13, 2014
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In a deal it says will be its "springboard for entry into the telemedicine market," cloud-based EHR developer Practice Fusion is acquiring Ringadoc, which makes communication technology linking patients with physicians.
August 7, 2014
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Payment policies remain one of the biggest challenges yet to be ironed out when it comes to telehealth. As things stand today, doctors have little financial incentive to adopt telemedicine, as it's hard for them to be reimbursed for services rendered virtually. Two senators are looking to change that.
August 1, 2014
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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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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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The United States is undergoing a major transformation of its healthcare delivery system, driven by federal health IT investments and healthcare reforms. This content piece features information from a joint presentation at the HIMSS12 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas in February, where Eric Dishman, General Manager of Health Strategy and Solutions at Intel Corporation, and Jason Hwang, MD, executive director of healthcare at the Innosight Institute, presented on the power of “disruptive innovation” to meet the challenges of transforming the U.S. health sector. Download this paper to read examples of how disruption health IT innovation is driving new care models across the globe.
March 29, 2012
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The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services announced in February 2012 that nearly 2,000 hospitals received incentive payments under the CMMS’ <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">EHR</a> Incentive Programs. In addition, 85 percent of hospitals now report that by 2015 they intend to take advantage of the incentive payments. With the competitive inpatient market moving toward critical mass, many hospitals face the challenge of meeting Stage 1 MU criteria. Forward-thinking hospitals and health systems are approaching patient education beyond checking a box on their way to qualifying for incentive payments. Learn how Ochsner Health System now provides consistent patient education materials based on evidence-based medicine to its clinicians across its seven hospitals and 40 clinics.
March 22, 2012
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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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This is the next post in my series of Dos and Don’ts Healthcare IT. As we all know, some of our most important citizens live in rural settings, small cities, the countryside, or remote areas. In the past 15 years or so we’ve made some great strides in remotely accessible healthcare.
January 18, 2012
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As a progressive new form of quality and convenient health, telehealth practices are growing, especially in rural areas, as it improves quality, access and cost of care. However, with a reimbursement model not clearly defined, some physicians are still reluctant.
January 3, 2012
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One of the education sessions last week at HIMSS Virtual Conference and Expo was "mHealth in Action: From Research to Practice in Metro Miami." In the briefing, the speaker went over his company's mHealth strategy, tackling issues with the use of standards-based mobile technology.
November 8, 2011
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While #mhealth or mobile health is taking the world by storm, Happtique, a mobile application store developed specifically for healthcare professionals, aims to make sense of it all. Happtique, Healthcare-APP-bouTIQUE, provides a growing app catalog of what it calls “hApps” or healthcare applications.
October 21, 2011
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It’s simply amazing that Apple iPhones and iPads continue to dominate technology conversations, despite the impressive advances of competing Android smart phones and tablets. Further illustrated in the wake of Steve Jobs’s unfortunate death last week, Apple has done a masterful job of producing products that have become part of our lives that even pull the heartstrings of many of its dedicated users.
October 14, 2011
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We host weekly Tweet Chats called Health IT Social Media, or #HITsm. During one of our conversations, we were discussing why more hospital IT professionals, as well as other provider IT people, are not involved in social media. One of the answers was: “We don’t have time.”
October 13, 2011
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The UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform and Modernization released a white paper on Modernizing Rural Health Care.
August 3, 2011
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The patient-centered medical home has great potential, but is it a viable model for healthcare delivery? Our social media followers weigh in.
July 25, 2011
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Radiology groups and imaging centers have been on the leading technology edge for many years. The leadership principles of radiology CEOs and CIOs shine in how they approach.
July 11, 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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In this first-of-its-kind U.S. health economic analysis, researchers have found that using two way audio-video telemedicine to deliver stroke care, also known as telestroke, appears to be cost-effective for rural hospitals that don’t have an around-the-clock neurologist, or stroke expert, on staff. The research is published in the September 14, 2011, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
September 15, 2011
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Curt Lewis & Associates (CL&A) today announced a strategic alliance with Healthy Start MD, a global wellness service firm headquartered in Webster, Texas with business concerns throughout the US and the international community. Curt Lewis & Associates is known for its expertise in the aviation industry, offering system safety, quality, and safety management system services and training, accident investigation, litigation support, and risk management solutions.
August 11, 2011
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South Tampa Immediate Care today announced a new partnership with Healthagen to put medical and facility information into the hands of smartphone users with iTriage - a free mobile healthcare application. The increase in mobile phone subscriptions, specifically smartphones, has led the medical facility to expand its presence in the mobile community by providing on-the-go access to a variety of medical information.
June 20, 2011
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Earlier this year, President Obama outlined his plan to create a 21st-century regulatory system that is simpler and smarter and that protects the health and safety of the American people in a pragmatic and cost-effective way. He called for a change in culture to incorporate ongoing review of regulations into our operations. We can target rules already on the books to increase flexibility and remove regulations that are out-of-date, unnecessary, excessively burdensome, or in conflict with other rules.
May 26, 2011
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Ford researchers have developed a heart rate monitoring seat with electrode sensing technology that can check a driver's heart activity.
May 24, 2011
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More fragmented and uncoordinated healthcare may be on the horizon thanks to a growing shortage of U.S. healthcare workers. That’s the message from a new poll of healthcare quality experts conducted by ASQ, the world’s largest network of quality resources and experts.
May 3, 2011
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UPMC and Alcatel-Lucent have signed an agreement to jointly develop a telemedicine platform and suite of applications that will enable patients to receive care even when they are far from doctors and hospitals. This newest collaboration builds on a relationship and co-development agreement dating back to 2006 between UPMC and Alcatel-Lucent.
May 3, 2011
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The Intel-GE Care Innovations Guide is now available for healthcare organizations looking to provide patients with flexible, customized care delivered on off-the-shelf devices. By making virtual care coordination capabilities available on different types and sizes of consumer devices, Intel-GE Care Innovations™ has opened up a new category of remote health management solutions to its customers.
May 2, 2011
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CareView Communications, Inc. ("CareView" or the "Company") (OTCQB: CRVW), an information technology provider to the healthcare industry, announced that it has closed a $20 million financing with funds managed by HealthCor Partners Management, L.P. and HealthCor Management, L.P. (together, "HealthCor"). The financing involved the issuance of senior secured convertible notes in the aggregate principal amount of $20 million together with common stock purchase warrants. HealthCor is a leading investment manager in the healthcare and life sciences sectors.
April 25, 2011
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CDW LLC (CDW), a leading provider of technology solutions to business, government, education and healthcare, today released the findings of its Video Conferencing Straw Poll Report. The report finds that half of companies use some form of video conferencing today and another quarter plan to implement the technology within the next two years. Video conferencing adoption, driven by reduced operating costs, improved decision making and improved communication, will branch out beyond simple peer-to-peer devices into more cutting-edge collaborative video conferencing systems, such as immersive telepresence.
April 25, 2011
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Qualcomm Incorporated, through its Wireless ReachTM initiative, The Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (Mobinil), Egypt’s leading mobile operator, Click Diagnostics, along with the Egyptian Ministry of Health (MOH), supported by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), today announced that they have launched a pilot program to test the technology framework which enables dermatologists to use Mobinil’s 3G mobile network to diagnose skin conditions remotely.
April 21, 2011
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