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for: ‘Department of Defense’

New Defense Health Bill Seeks to Add Telehealth Services and Providers & more Telehealth Buzz

New Defense Health Bill Seeks to Add Telehealth Services and Providers Senators Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced a bill in support of a letter urging the Defense Department to expand TRICARE telehealth coverage. The letter called on TRICARE to cover the same amount of telemental health services for the military as civilians […]

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Ah, Sweet Sleep

Everyone knows that sleep is vital for optimal performance, perhaps especially for those in our military. And yet nearly 70 million Americans experience some type of sleep disorder—including 40% of U.S. service members. Now, in partnership with a startup called Noctem that provides telehealth-centric solutions for sleep issues, the University of Pittsburgh and the United […]

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U.S. Navy, Johns Hopkins Team Up for Telemedicine

For U.S. military personnel, who are deployed to far-flung locations (including combat zones) across the globe, telemedicine can prove to be a life-saving tool. Now (as mHealth Intelligence and others first reported), through a new pilot partnership with Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), the Navy is enabling some U.S.-based personnel to access a […]

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Is the DOD Underutilizing Telehealth?

Is the Department of Defense (DOD) fully utilizing telehealth? That’s the question at the heart of a new report to Congress from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which examines the department’s use of the technologies in FY 2016. The short answer? The DOD has a ways to go when it comes to expanding its use […]

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AAFP Weighs in on Legislation Adding Telehealth Benefit to TRICARE

The American Academy of Family Practitioners (AAFP), which represents roughly 125,000 family physicians, has expressed concerns about a new telehealth benefit proposed for the TRICARE program. TRICARE provides health benefits to more than 8 million military personnel, retirees, and their dependents. The Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2017 includes […]

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Military Health System to Allow Increased Access to Telemedicine

Jonathan Woodson, MD, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs issued a memorandum on February 3rd that allows for the Military Health System to treat patients in their homes or “other patient locations as deemed appropriate by the treating provider.” From the memorandum, “A ‘visit’ no longer necessarily requires that a patient physically see […]

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