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Doubling in Telehealth Investment by 2018? Predictions From New Study

And the body of literature predicting exponential growth in telehealth investment in the coming years continues to grow. As Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine first reported, a recent benchmark study from Becker’s Healthcare and direct-to-consumer telehealth company Teladoc found that, in 2018, the number of United States health systems offering telehealth programs will likely be […]

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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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Telehealth Lab Services? Doctor On Demand to Add

Imagine, if you’re a health care provider, being able to order laboratory tests for a patient at the touch of a button. Or, if you’re a patient, imagine being able to receive lab results through the mobile app that you use to connect with your health care provider. For Doctor On Demand patients and providers, […]

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What to Do About Inappropriate Conduct During Virtual Visits?

The Internet, as anyone who’s had the pleasure of using it more than likely knows, has its fair share of people who take advantage of the relative anonymity it can offer to engage in inappropriate behavior. And according to a recent CNBC article, health care providers are not immune from this conduct during virtual consultations […]

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Most Health Care Organizations Plan to Invest in Telehealth, mHealth

It’s no secret that patient demand for telehealth and mHealth services has grown in recent years, with some patients even factoring the provision of these services into their choice of health care providers. Health care organizations, it would seem, are taking note. As first reported by mHealth Intelligence, a new American Telemedicine Association (ATA) survey […]

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Telemedicine in “Complex Cases”: A Good Fit

A new piece from Modern Healthcare aptly illustrates what many advocates have known for a long time: Even in the most complicated medical situations, quality telemedicine can provide patients with the expert, lifesaving health care that they need. Highlighting the case of Ron Cobbley, a rural Utah man found to have been suffering from a […]

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Do Virtual Visits Save Money? New RAND Study Casts Some Doubt

Is direct-to-consumer telehealth helping expand access to health care—and, is it helping to lower health care costs overall? Answering these questions was part of the focus of a new two-year RAND study of a group of California patients, published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs. The verdict? While the visits themselves were less […]

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Apple’s Patent-Pending Invention Highlights Work on Telehealth

Apple has applied for a patent that signals its intention to move into the telemedicine sphere, according to Patently Apple. The invention, described in a patent application published in July by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, consists of methods for facilitating the communication of health information between patient and physician via portable electronic devices, […]

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Teledentistry, the Latest Health Care Trend

Teledentistry is a growing field in telehealth, providing virtual dental services to individuals around the globe. Launched in 2014 in California, tele dentistry helps bridge the gap of quality dental care and build upon the existing principles of telemedicine. Unlike telemedicine where there is no face-to-face patient interaction, teledentistry is a service which allows hygienists […]

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Medical Board Fights Back Against Telemedicine Antitrust Case

The Texas Medical Board, a state agency responsible for regulation physicians, filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals specifically asking for a lawsuit brought forth by Teladoc Inc. to be dismissed. The Texas Medical Board is requesting the dismissal due to “state action immunity”. This state action gives state entities immunity from federal […]

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