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Telemedicine Effectively Connects Parkinson’s Patients, Neurologists

Parkinson’s disease currently impacts as many as one million Americans, per the Parkinson’s Foundation, with about 60,000 people each year receiving a new diagnosis. What’s more, each year the disease accounts for approximately $25 billion in health care spending, between the costs of treatment, lost wages, and other factors. But according to the results of […]

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Most Consumers Want Virtual Care: New Study

The people have spoken (yet again), and they want access to virtual visits. Or, at least that’s what the results of one survey indicated. As Fierce Healthcare first reported, market researchers from Parks Associates found that a majority of people living in households with broadband access wanted to be able to receive health care remotely, […]

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Is Telehealth Helping Cut Down on Office Visits? Study Says No

For many patients, one of the main selling points of telehealth might be its potential to help them cut down on office visits to health care providers—to allow them to access care from the comfort of home, rather than having to spend the time on an in-office encounter. But according to a new multi-year study […]

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CHRONIC Care Act to Get Floor Vote in Senate

The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act is officially on the Senate calendar, adding to the momentum surrounding telehealth legislation in the 115th Congress. As first reported by CQ, the bipartisan bill, which unanimously passed the Senate Finance Committee back in May, was placed on the legislative calendar on […]

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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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Bipartisan Senate Bill Promotes Telehealth for Chronic Disease Patients

It’s been well documented that a small percentage of patients account for a disproportionate amount of the spending on health care in the United States. The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, for example, estimates that care for patients with chronic diseases like heart disease, COPD, and diabetes “accounts for approximately 75 percent of the […]

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Can Apps Help Prevent Diabetes?

It’s hard to overestimate the burden that diabetes puts on the American health care system. According to the most recent available data from the American Diabetes Association, annual spending on patients with the disease (and its numerous co-morbid conditions) reaches approximately $245 billion, including a staggering $176 billion in medical costs. Further, it’s been estimated […]

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Predictions on Worldwide Growth of Telehealth Continue

Writing for Federal Telemedicine News, Polycom Global Director of Healthcare Ron Emerson notes that telehealth has been in practice for decades, yet is receiving increased worldwide attention as a tool he predicts will only increase to dramatically transform health care for the world’s population. “While not new, today, we’re describing telemedicine as a novelty, largely […]

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Telehealth Study — Reduce Emergency Room Visits — Preserve Quality of Care

A newly released study conducted by the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in Rochester, NY indicates that older individuals are likely to embrace telehealth. The research, begun in 2010, involved more than 1,500 older people including residents of independent and assisted living facilities, and evaluated over 500 telemedicine encounters. Results indicate that telemedicine eliminated […]

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Some Telemedicine Technologies Not Really Such a New Idea

Electronic monitoring in ICU’s has been around for over a decade, but what is new is the mapping of e-health technologies, such as real-time remote patient monitoring across the larger landscape of medicine. Not surprisingly larger healthcare systems are some of the pioneers. Interviewed by Health Leaders Magazine, Lynn Britton, president and CEO of Mercy, […]

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