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Medicare is Holding Telehealth Back: New GAO Study

Study after study, it seems, has pointed to the cost savings and enhanced health outcomes that could result from the broader implementation of telehealth and remote monitoring. But according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, outdated Medicare reimbursement policies and other coverage limitations are standing in the way of wider utilization. As Health […]

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Telemedicine in the NICU? Mayo Clinic Sees Potential

For infants born prematurely or facing other serious health problems, access to timely, high-quality health care can mean the difference between life and death. And for those living in rural, undeserved communities, those health care services can be difficult to come by. But as new research—the first of its kind—from the Mayo Clinic shows, the […]

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One in Four Americans Have Had Health Data Breached

It’s probably common knowledge by now (at least among those who follow health IT and cybersecurity news) that the number of data breaches in recent years has increased significantly, making headlines and raising concerns. Now, an Accenture study has shed new light on the far-reaching impact breaches have had on individuals. As ID Experts first […]

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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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Which Hospitals Run the Highest Risk of Data Breaches?

With seemingly countless large-scale data breaches making headlines in recent years, it might seem like no health care institution is safe from hackers on the hunt for patient information. But some hospitals are at a higher risk than others to be the targets of breaches. As Fierce Healthcare first reported, a new study from researchers […]

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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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Big Savings from Rural Telemedicine, Per New Study

When asked to envision who might benefit most from telemedicine, the average person might point to a rural patient in need of specialty health care–someone who, without the aid of new technologies, would have to spend hours (and hard-earned money) traveling to visit a specialist in a large, urban hospital. As first reported by Fierce […]

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CTeL Fall Summit: Q & A with RAND Telehealth Researchers

DTC telehealth is spreading rapidly, but high quality research on important aspects of this innovative healthcare delivery model remains limited. Two researchers at the forefront of attempts to close the gap are Lori Uscher-Pines, PhD, MSc, and J. Scott Ashwood, PhD, from RAND Corporation. They will share their very latest research findings with Summit attendees […]

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Doctors Much Better at Diagnosis than Symptom Checkers

Online symptom checkers – websites and apps that use computer algorithms to help patients self-diagnose – have become very popular. Many people jump on the internet to figure out what ails them by using WebMD, the Mayo Clinic’s Symptom Checker, AskMD, Drugs.com, and the like. A study published this month in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests […]

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Patient Safety and Telemedicine

In an AHRQ Perspective piece published this week, Stephen Agboola and Joseph Kvedar of Partners Health make the case for enhancing patient safety measures in telemedicine and conducting more research on the impact of telemedicine on patient safety. They say that “telemedicine” (telemedicine, telehealth, connected health, eHealth and mHealth) on the whole is improving the […]

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