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Opioid Public Health Emergency Declaration Means More Telehealth Access

Simply put, it’s hard to overstate the impact that the opioid crisis has had throughout the United States. According to the most recent available Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, more than 33,000 people died of opioid overdoses (either prescription drugs or heroin) in 2015. What’s more, each day approximately 91 Americans die […]

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“Are You Taking Your Meds?” Predictive Analytics Could Help Adherence

To put it simply: Medication non-adherence is a widespread problem, with researchers estimating that approximately 50 to 80 percent of people fail to follow their health care providers’ instructions regarding their medication. And its costs have been well documented; indeed, it’s the reason behind as many as $289 billion in health care spending each year. […]

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Can Apps Help with Medication Adherence After Natural Disasters?

For health care providers, getting some patients to adhere to their medication schedules can be a bit of a headache. What’s more, this lack of adherence is a costly problem: it is the cause of 10 percent of all hospital admissions and approximately 125,000 patient deaths annually, and the reason behind as many as $289 […]

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Using Telemedicine to Combat the Opioid Crisis

It’s difficult to find a part of the United States that hasn’t been touched by the opioid addiction epidemic. According to the most recent available Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, more than 33,000 people died of opioid overdoses (either prescription drugs or heroin) in 2015. What’s more, each day approximately 91 Americans […]

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Can e-Prescribing Help Alleviate the Opioid Epidemic?

It’s difficult to find a part of the United States that hasn’t been touched by the opioid addiction epidemic. According to the most recent available Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, more than 33,000 people died of opioid overdoses (either prescription drugs or heroin) in 2015. What’s more, each day approximately 91 Americans […]

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State Update: New Telehealth Bills Signed in Vermont, Hawaii

It’s been a busy year for telehealth in many state legislatures (not to mention on Capitol Hill). Indeed, an April report from the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) identified more than 200 telehealth-related bills that had been introduced in 44 states in 2017 alone. Now, two states have enacted legislation that would make it […]

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Using PDMP to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in Michigan

It’s difficult to find a part of the United States that hasn’t been touched by the opioid addiction epidemic. According to the most recent available Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, more than 33,000 people died of opioid overdoses (either prescription drugs or heroin) in 2015. What’s more, each day approximately 91 Americans […]

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Can mHealth Help with Medication Adherence?

For health care providers, getting some patients to adhere to their medication schedules can be a bit of a headache. And this lack of adherence is a costly problem: it is the cause of 10 percent of all hospital admissions and approximately 125,000 patient deaths annually, and the reason behind as many as $289 billion […]

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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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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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