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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Ozarks Medical Center in Missouri and Flagstaff Medical Center in Arizona are just two hospitals in 25 states across the country that will receive federal funding for telemedicine projects. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced nearly $16 million in USDA grants would be disbursed for distant learning and telemedicine services.
February 5, 2014
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Some 42 percent of U.S. hospitals have adopted telehealth platforms and are using the technology to treat patients, with several factors affecting market changes, according to new report findings.
February 4, 2014
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A remote care management pilot that makes use of mHealth tools and services has been launched in Mississippi. Officials hope it will make an impact in the state with the highest percentage of adult diabetics and cut into the $3 billion in diabetes-related health costs that the state incurs each year.
January 27, 2014
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Several large healthcare groups are getting on the telehealth train after announcing Jan. 22 they would be investing some $24 million in the technology.
January 23, 2014
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Telemedicine programs may help extend higher quality care to patients living in rural areas, but cost is a serious consideration. Seeing financial savings with telecare, then, is encouraging. A new study from Mayo Clinic researchers suggests one telestroke program may just have done that.
January 17, 2014
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Health insurer Humana and Minnesota-based Healthsense, a provider of aging services technologies, have completed member enrollment in a remote monitoring pilot program. The pilot will measure the impact in-home sensors and remote monitoring technology have on improving health outcomes for seniors.
December 23, 2013
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After a chance genome test led to a cure for his kidney cancer, Eric Dishman undertook a mobile health experiment.
December 20, 2013
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Seeking ways in which IT can enable more coordinated care outside traditional settings, the Gary and Mary West Health Institute is launching a five-year study to explore new technologies and new approaches to chronic disease management.
December 12, 2013
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Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, urged his mHealth Summit audience Dec. 10 to think of the smartphone as a modern-day Aladdin's lamp: Touch it, and all sorts of magic can happen. Denmark Minister of Health Astrid Krag talked about Denmark's initiative to reconfigure its healthcare system.
December 12, 2013
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The mHealth Alliance is celebrating its fifth year of coordinating mHealth projects around the world. Patricia Mechael, the Alliance's executive director, discusses her life and career, and explains why she's driven to expand mHealth adoption in low- and middle-income countries.
December 11, 2013
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"This market will not take off until we can scale," was Clint McClellan's opening assertion as he launched a panel session to discuss the state of mHealth markets.
December 11, 2013
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There it was -- the clear-as-a-bell prediction. Call it the "wow factor." Andrew Watson, MD, medical director of the Center for Connected Medicine at UPMC, made an assertion about the future of digital health at the mHealth Summit on Dec. 9 that sent a hushed "wow" rippling across the room.
December 10, 2013
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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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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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Alaska faces many healthcare challenges given its large area (663,268 sq mi) and population of 710,231 residents. The geographical challenge of delivering such widely distributed healthcare makes it a natural location for telemedicine.
July 6, 2011
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This blog may be a day late and a galactic credit short, but yesterday’s international celebration of Star Wars Day provides a fun excuse to compare “yesterday’s” healthcare with the current state of things, especially with regard to healthcare IT.
May 5, 2011
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In the fall of 2008 I had the opportunity to do some research on the, then dormant, EMR marketplace. The results came as no surprise. Most physicians did not have an EMR and were not interested in adopting an EMR due to cost and usability barriers.
October 9, 2009
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There was a time --not too long ago, in fact-- when it seemed safe and reasonable to define health information technology narrowly: the acronym encompassed the management of health information and its secure exchange between patients, providers, and insurers.
August 27, 2009
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Recently, Steve posted about the idea, floated by Ken Mandl and Zak Kohane, that EHRs (or health IT more broadly) could move to a model of competitive, substitutable applications running off a platform that would provide secure medical record storage. In other words, the iPhone app model...
June 5, 2009
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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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Continuing its momentum to help the healthcare industry improve patient care and reduce medical costs, AT&T* today announced two new patient care technology pilots, and new enhancements to the services delivered by AT&T ForHealth(SM), AT&T's healthcare practice area.
February 22, 2011
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AMD to unveil its new HD Camera and Illumination System and expanded telemedicine cart offerings at the ATA Mid-Year Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland
September 21, 2010
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