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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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How is Telemedicine Transforming Health Care

The improvement of technology is greatly benefiting the telehealth market. Faster internet speeds, changing insurance standards, smartphone advancements, and increased numbers of health care providers using telehealth services, are all working together to change the future of telehealth. Telemedicine services and technologies open the door for higher quality health care in remote locations. Doctors Without […]

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Arkansas Telemedicine Proposal a ‘Good Compromise’

Arkansas’ medical board recently approved proposals to allow doctors and patients to use a telemedicine platform. The Arkansas State Medical Board signed off on amendments to Act 887 of 2015. This amendment allows clinicians to establish “a proper physician/patient relationship (via) real-time audio and visual telemedicine technology” as long as the platform “provides information at […]

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Texas State Medical Board Focuses on Telemedicine

A recent conflict between the Texas State Medical Board and a direct-to-consumer telehealth company, Teladoc, has opened the door for a conversation focused on ways to “modernize telemedicine statues and reduce the regulatory footprint governing the provision of telemedicine services”. During the discussions, the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, the Texas Medical Association, and the […]

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Study Assesses Direct-to-Consumer Teledermatology Services

A recent study published in JAMA Dermatology, utilized fake patients to assess the performance of direct-to-consumer (DTC) teledermatology websites. This study suggests incorrect diagnoses were made, treatment recommendations contradicted guidelines, and presciprdtions lacked disclosure about possible adverse effects and pregnancy risks. This study continues the dialogue of wondering how effective direct-to-consumer services are in providing […]

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Telemedicine Applied too Broadly, Time Needed to Identify Ideal Applications

Extending typical physician office visits by utilizing similar technologies we use to communicate on a day-to-day basis is one way for providers to venture into a new tech-centered healthcare environment. Patients are viewing telemedicine as a simple extension of the brick and mortar care model made famous by companies like Minute Clinic, which offers convenient […]

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