Telehealth Buzz

Big Savings From Digital Health, Per New Study

It’s easy to visit Apple’s App Store or the Google Play store and feel overwhelmed by the number of health-related apps now available for download. Indeed, apps can do everything from providing infant care and health tips to new parents, to assisting in managing diabetes, to helping users track weight loss. Now, new research is […]

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House Overwhelmingly Passes VETS Act

It’s already been a banner year for telehealth on Capitol Hill, with more than two dozen (mostly bipartisan) pieces of legislation introduced. Now, telehealth advocates can point to another concrete legislative victory. As Stripes, mHealth Intelligence, and others first reported, on Tuesday, November 7, the House passed H.R. 2123, the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act, by […]

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New Bipartisan Bill Would Create Cybersecurity Position at HHS

At a time when large-scale data breaches have frequently dominated headlines, experts have repeatedly warned that many health care organizations are not well prepared for cyberattacks, with some calling on the government to do more to provide support. Now, two Members of Congress are seeking to ensure that the Department of Health and Human Services […]

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FTC Voices Support for VA Telehealth Proposed Rule

Add one more voice to the chorus of those who approve of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) new proposed rule on telehealth. The staff of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently weighed in, submitting comments to the VA in support of the rule. “FTC staff believe that the proposed rule would likely increase access […]

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The Push for Rural Broadband Coverage Continues

By now, it’s been well established that access to high-quality telehealth care is virtually impossible without access to high-quality broadband Internet. And it’s been equally well established that, while progress has been made when it comes to the expansion of U.S. broadband infrastructure, work remains to be done in terms of getting people connected. Indeed, […]

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Help for Postpartum Depression in an App?

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics, approximately one in nine women will experience postpartum depression. Perhaps a more worrisome statistic: per Postpartum Progress, only about 15 percent of those women ever receive professional treatment. But a new app might be able to both help identify women suffering from postpartum depression and […]

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EHRs and Rural Hospitals: Simpler is Better

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, 26 states have seen the closure of at least one rural hospital; put differently, the facilities have been closing at a rate of approximately one per month, leaving patients […]

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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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While mHealth Usage is on the Rise, Health Literacy is Not

Pay a visit to the Apple or Google app store, and chances are, you’ll be overwhelmed by the number of health-related apps that are available for download, from those that allow provide infant care and health tips to new parents, to those that assist in managing diabetes, to those that help users track weight loss. […]

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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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