Monthly Archive
for: ‘February, 2018’

FDA Approves AI Stroke Detection Application

Each year, according to data from the American Stroke Association, almost 800,000 people across the United States experience a stroke. What’s more, strokes are responsible for approximately one out of every 20 annual deaths, killing almost 130,000 people. They also account for about $33 billion in annual health care spending, per the Centers for Disease […]

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Health Care Execs Believe in Telemedicine, But Limitations Remain

In recent years, study after study has highlighted the potential that health care organizations, providers, and patients see in utilizing telemedicine. And economists have predicted that the telemedicine market will be worth as much as $40 billion by the year 2021. But despite the sense of excitement surrounding the technologies, from health care organizations’ point […]

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Spotlight on Advocacy at the CTeL Summit

It’s undeniable that this has been a busy Congress when it comes to the introduction of telemedicine legislation. States, too, have been active in this area. But how can members of the telemedicine community help increase the possibility of those bills actually becoming law? How can you build sustainable relationships with lawmakers and their staff? […]

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Senators Push For More Action on Opioids

It’s hard to find a part of the United States that hasn’t been touched by the opioid epidemic. According to the most recent available Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, more than 64,000 people died of opioid overdoses (either prescription drugs or heroin) in 2016. What’s more, each day approximately 115 Americans (or […]

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Telehealth Wins in Budget Deal; Fares Less Well in Pres. Budget

The 115th Congress continues to be a promising one for telehealth advocates, as last week’s passage of legislation to fund the government (and avert a shutdown) contained several pieces of very good news. As Fierce Healthcare and others first reported, the $400 billion continuing resolution incorporated the provisions of the bipartisan CHRONIC Care Act, which […]

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Spotlight on Policy at the CTeL Summit

The 115th Congress, which began in January of last year, has been a particularly active one when it comes to the introduction of telehealth-related legislation. The states, too, have been busy in this department. What kinds of bills have been introduced, and what are their chances of actually becoming law? Come to the CTeL Summit, […]

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Can Wearables Detect Epileptic Seizures and Diabetes?

An estimated 1.3 million to 2.8 million Americans currently have epilepsy, a disorder that causes chronic seizures, according to the Epilepsy Foundation. (The CDC puts the number higher, at 3.4 million.) It’s the fourth most commonly diagnosed neurological condition, impacting Americans of all ages; each year, it also kills more than 3,000 people. What if […]

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House Spending Measure Includes CHRONIC Care Act Provisions

Potential good news from Capitol Hill for telemedicine advocates: The House’s stopgap spending bill, which the chamber passed on Tuesday, includes the provisions of a key piece of telemedicine legislation. As Fierce Healthcare first reported, the continuing resolution would incorporate the provisions of the CHRONIC Care Act, which has earned the endorsement of a number of telemedicine advocacy […]

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Spotlight on e-Prescribing at the CTeL Summit

Electronic prescribing (or the secure electronic transmission of prescriptions from a provider to a pharmacy), since it first came into use, has in many ways made both practitioners’ and patients’ lives easier. (It’s probably also saved quite a few trees by cutting down on the use of paper.) How does the process work? How are […]

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Telemedicine for Weight Loss? New Study Shows Effectiveness

Resolving to lose weight in the coming year is one of the most common New Years resolutions there is. As with most New Years resolutions, of course, it’s probably easier said than done. But could telemedicine help to keep people on track to meet their New Years weight loss goals? According to the results of […]

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