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Broadband and Health Outcomes: AMIA, Others Weigh In

To state the (very) obvious: Access to high-quality telehealth care is nearly impossible without access to high-quality broadband Internet. While progress has been made when it comes to the expansion of U.S. broadband infrastructure, studies have shown that more than 30 million Americans still lack access to high-speed broadband Internet, including as many as 39 […]

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Health IT, Telehealth Would See Cuts in Suggested Trump Budget

Just as he did earlier this year with his spending proposal for the remainder of FY 2017, President Donald Trump has made waves on and off the Hill with the release of his FY 2018 budget blueprint. With its suggested broad cuts to health care and social welfare programs, including Medicaid, the document, dubbed “A […]

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Telehealth and Family Physicians: Insights From New Study

The looming shortage of primary care providers has long been a cause for concern in the health care industry. A 2016 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) study, for example, projected a shortage of as many as 94,700 physicians of all specialties by 2025—including as many as 35,600 primary care physicians. One way to alleviate […]

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Newly Introduced HEART Act Focuses on Rural Telehealth

And the list of telehealth-related legislation introduced in the 115th Congress continues, yet again, to grow. As first reported by Healthcare Informatics and others, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) recently introduced the Helping Expand Access to Rural Telehealth (HEART) Act, which focuses on eliminating barriers to the use of telehealth in rural communities, including for cardiac […]

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Growth, and Limitations, for Rural Tele-Mental Health

May marks Mental Health Awareness Month, making it a fitting time for the release of a new study on the utilization of telemedicine among rural Medicare beneficiaries for mental health services. Published in the most recent edition of Health Affairs, the study from researchers at Harvard Medical School and RAND uncovered strong growth in utilization […]

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Government Funding Deal: Some Wins for Telehealth

With the prospect of a federal government shutdown looming over Washington, and the rest of the country, this past weekend, a bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers finally reached a deal to fund the government until September 30 of this year. Notably, not only would the spending measure, if passed, mean that the government […]

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Rural America Leads in Telehealth Innovation

One of the many health care-related challenges that Americans living in rural areas face is the staggering rate of hospital closures in recent years. Since 2010, rural hospitals have been closing at a rate of approximately one per month, leaving patients adrift and having to seek care elsewhere. But as a new Politico article illustrates, […]

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