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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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Survey Identifies Barriers to Acceptance of Telemedicine Video Calls

The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation Survey has identified surmountable barriers to the widespread acceptance of telemedicine video encounters. From the survey of 263 respondents, 38 percent responded ‘very likely’ to accept an invitation to see their provider via a video call, and 28.1 percent ‘somewhat likely.’ The primary factors found to affect willingness to […]

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Insurance, Direct to Consumer Telemedicine Device Speakers

Early Bird Extended through February 28th!   Speaker Spotlight! The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) April 2015 Summit Agenda has been released and Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) telemedicine will be the focus: DTC Telemedicine–What’s Next: Policy, Innovation, and the Markets. The April 9-10, 2015 conference agenda will include topics, such as: Insurance […]

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Telemedicine and Remote Monitoring Equal Better Care

The use of wireless medical devices that enable health systems to remotely monitor patients with chronic conditions in real time is on the rise and is certain to continue to increase due to the multiple ensuing benefits. Remote-monitoring allows telehealth practitioners to adjust medications and care protocols, and counsel patients on behavior resulting in better […]

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Home Telehealth Contractor Database Breached; VA Implications

The personal information of over 7,000 US veterans who use the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) My HealtheVet portal was at risk due to a security flaw in the database of a contractor supporting this VA program. As reported in FederalNewsRadio.com, the contractor reported the breach to the VA in November 2014. “An investigation was […]

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Next Five Years Key to Mainstreaming Telehealth

A recent study reveals a significant growth in recognition and expectation that telemedicine will benefit patients and improve quality of care. Conducted by the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Health Research Institute (HRI), the survey polled 1,000 industry leaders, physicians, nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants, including members of the board of the eHealth Initiative. “Digitally-enabled care is no […]

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