Telehealth Buzz

CONNECT for Health Act Reintroduced

Add one more bill to the steadily growing list of telehealth-related legislation that’s been introduced since the 115th Congress convened in January. As Healthcare Informatics and others first reported, a bipartisan group of senators has reintroduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act, which is aimed at improving […]

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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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New ONC Interoperability Framework: Open for Comment

“Interoperability” is seemingly one of the most popular buzzwords in the health care lexicon today. It’s long been a goal, but it has been much harder to achieve in practice. For its part, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is seeking to provide guidance for providers, health care organizations, and developers […]

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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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New OCR Chief Pledges to Fight Breaches

It’s no secret that the number of large-scale health care data breaches has been on the rise in recent years, often dominating headlines and causing concern in the health care community. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plays an important role in combating and responding to […]

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Wearable Usage on the Rise in the Workplace

These days, it might seem like everyone, both inside and outside of the gym, is sporting a Fitbit or a similar wearable fitness device. Indeed, a recent study shows that more than 38 million Fitbits have been sold since 2010, with other data showing more than 23 million active users as of early 2017. One […]

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New Legislation Promotes Telehealth for Vets

Add one more bill to the list of telehealth-related legislation put forward in the 115th Congress since it convened in January. As Health Data Management first reported, a bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers recently announced the introduction of the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act. Introduced in the House by Rep. Julia […]

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What to Do About Inappropriate Conduct During Virtual Visits?

The Internet, as anyone who’s had the pleasure of using it more than likely knows, has its fair share of people who take advantage of the relative anonymity it can offer to engage in inappropriate behavior. And according to a recent CNBC article, health care providers are not immune from this conduct during virtual consultations […]

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Potential, and Barriers, with mHealth for Chronic Disease Patients

Numerous studies have shown the potential that mHealth and remote monitoring have for the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases, which account for approximately 75 percent of all health care spending each year, and impact 45 percent of all adults in the United States (many of whom have more than one chronic condition). But despite […]

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AHIMA to Congress: Fully Fund Cures Act

It was an increasingly unusual display of bipartisan cooperation when Congress came together to pass the 21st Century Cures Act, a sweeping piece of legislation that made a diverse range of investments in health care programs, in late 2016. Then-President Barack Obama subsequently signed the bill into law. Now, however, experts are worried that some […]

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