Monthly Archive
for: ‘September, 2013’

Telehealth Now an Option for More Patients in South Carolina

For a significant number of patients in South Carolina, many of whom reside in small, rural towns, access to health care will be greatly expanded through telemedicine.  As first reported by Health Leaders Media, two of the largest insurance programs in the state—BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and BlueChoice HealthPlan of South Carolina—announced last month […]

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Does the New FDA mHealth Guidance Provide Clarity?

On September 23, 2013, the mHealth community finally got what they had been waiting for: the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) official Mobile Medical Applications Guidance.  Two years after releasing its initial draft guidance, the agency, acknowledging that the burgeoning industry is in need of regulation, made the final document available to the public. “The […]

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Making Multi-State Licensure Easier? Congressional Proposal

For telemedicine providers, many of whom regularly provide care to patients located in other jurisdictions, the state-by-state medical licensure process has long been a source of frustration.  However, a bill recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, if passed, would facilitate multi-state registration for Medicare telehealth practitioners. As reported by Fierce Health IT, the […]

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Should Your Twitter Posts Go Into Your Medical Records?

These days, it seems that everyone, from middle-school students to senior citizens, has a social media presence, sharing often-intimate details of their daily lives on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  But could—or should—something related to personal health that a user shares on Twitter actually become a part of his or her electronic medical record? […]

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Is Your Medical Identity Safe? Incidents of Theft on the Rise

People have long been aware of the possible threat of identity theft when, for example, using credit cards for online shopping.  But could a visit to the doctor’s office also help to put a patient’s identity at risk?  One new study says yes, noting that in recent years, more and more people have become the […]

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How to Deal With the New HIPAA Rule Requirements?

Since its January release, the updated Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Omnibus Rule has been causing more than a few headaches in the healthcare community.  Organizations have scrambled to comply with the new requirements, including the stipulation that all business associates also be fully HIPAA-compliant, by the quickly approaching September 23 deadline—which many […]

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Australian Telehealth: Many Benefits the Same, Many Challenges

Today, telehealth has revolutionized the way in which health care is delivered around the world, with providers and patients from numerous countries enjoying the benefits of the technologies. At the same time, as a recent article from Australia’s Pulse IT Magazine clearly demonstrates, many of the challenges that American telehealth providers and advocates face appear […]

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Emailing Patients? Most Phyicians Would Prefer Not To

For most American workers, it’s probably hard to imagine a workday that doesn’t involve a good deal of e-mail.  Indeed, one 2012 study estimated that the average worker spends more than a quarter of the workday reading or composing e-mail messages.  But according to a new study of six large medical practices conducted by Weill […]

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FDA Urged to Modernize mHealth Regulation

It’s a well-known fact that government regulators are often slow to keep up with technological innovations. Now, as officials at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) work to develop regulations for the rapidly growing mHealth industry, a coalition of advocates is urging the agency to “adopt significant fundamental changes to […]

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New Study: Malpractice Concerns and Extra Procedures?

A new study has shed light on the degree to which the fear of lawsuits impacts physicians’ likelihood of practicing defensive medicine.  As first reported by American Medical News, a study led by researchers from the Center for Studying Health System Change identified a strong correlation between anxiety over liability and chance of ordering extra […]

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