Monthly Archive
for: ‘May, 2017’

Data Breaches Drive Patients Away: Study

These days, it might seem like every other headline is about a large-scale health care data breach. Indeed, a recent Accenture study found that 26 percent of Americans have had their data breached. And it’s only been a few weeks since the “WannaCry” ransomware attack caused chaos around the world, including for health care organizations. […]

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Positive Results from Medicaid Care Coordination Program

For any patient, the world of specialty care can be a challenging one to navigate. That can be particularly true for Medicaid patients in need of specialist care, given that they often face long waits for appointments, with a limited pool of providers willing to treat them. But one telehealth program has demonstrated tremendous success […]

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Texas Telehealth Bill Signed Into Law

With Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R-TX) signature on it over the weekend, Senate Bill 1107/House Bill 2697 officially became Texas law. And with that, Texas became the final of the 50 states to do away with the requirement that a doctor-patient relationship be established only in person. As MobiHealthNews, the Dallas Morning News, and others first […]

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What Do (And Do Not) Wearables Do Well?

Wearable health and fitness devices are all the rage these days, both inside and outside of the gym. Indeed, a recent study shows that more than 38 million Fitbits have been sold since 2010, with other data showing more than 23 million active users as of early 2017. While some devices perform only a few […]

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Telehealth for Post-Transplant Patients?

For patients who have recently undergone organ transplants, recovery can be a delicate, painstaking process—and regularly taking anti-rejection drugs is critical to it. How can health care providers most effectively ensure that patients are taking these life-or-death medications as directed? As Fierce Healthcare first reported, two pharmacists based at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital have successfully integrated telehealth into their […]

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Broadband and Health Outcomes: AMIA, Others Weigh In

To state the (very) obvious: Access to high-quality telehealth care is nearly impossible without access to high-quality broadband Internet. While progress has been made when it comes to the expansion of U.S. broadband infrastructure, studies have shown that more than 30 million Americans still lack access to high-speed broadband Internet, including as many as 39 […]

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House Members Debut Telehealth Caucus

In the midst of a particularly busy year on the Hill for telehealth-related legislation, and as lawmakers continue to grapple with potential, controversial changes to the Affordable Care Act, a bipartisan group of House Members has reaffirmed its commitment to advancing telehealth. As Medscape first reported, longtime telehealth advocates Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Rep. Gregg […]

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New Apps Monitor Falls in Seniors

For elderly patients, falls are equal parts common, dangerous, and costly. Indeed, per the National Council on Aging (NCOA), they “are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries” among Americans 65 and older. They impact about a quarter of seniors each year, and accounted for about $34 billion in health care costs in 2013, […]

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Health IT, Telehealth Would See Cuts in Suggested Trump Budget

Just as he did earlier this year with his spending proposal for the remainder of FY 2017, President Donald Trump has made waves on and off the Hill with the release of his FY 2018 budget blueprint. With its suggested broad cuts to health care and social welfare programs, including Medicaid, the document, dubbed “A […]

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Can mHealth Help with Medication Adherence?

For health care providers, getting some patients to adhere to their medication schedules can be a bit of a headache. And this lack of adherence is a costly problem: it is the cause of 10 percent of all hospital admissions and approximately 125,000 patient deaths annually, and the reason behind as many as $289 billion […]

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