Telehealth Buzz

Telehealth for Primary Care: Study Shows High Patient Satisfaction

If one recent study is any indication, patients are giving telehealth high marks. As Fierce Healthcare first reported, a qualitative study published in Annals of Family Medicine found that a group of patients who had participated in primary care telehealth visits were very satisfied with their experience—and very willing to utilize telehealth again in the […]

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Doubling in Telehealth Investment by 2018? Predictions From New Study

And the body of literature predicting exponential growth in telehealth investment in the coming years continues to grow. As Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine first reported, a recent benchmark study from Becker’s Healthcare and direct-to-consumer telehealth company Teladoc found that, in 2018, the number of United States health systems offering telehealth programs will likely be […]

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Report: The “Double Burden” of Chronic Conditions, Poor Broadband Access

A recently released study from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is shedding new light on health care disparities in the United States—specifically, between patients residing in rural and urban counties when it comes to the prevalence of chronic disease. As Health Data Management and others first reported, the report, Mapping Broadband Health in America, from […]

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Wearables, Other mHealth Devices Empowering Users

iPhones: They’re not just for texting. This probably isn’t news to you. But as more and more people have begun using smartphones, studies have found that more than half of the phones’ owners are now using them to gather health-related information, often from wearable wellness devices like the Fitbit, or from other, more specialized devices. […]

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Telehealth for Autism Treatment? Missouri Program Sees Successes

Approximately one in 45 children in the United States, according to the most recent available data, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. For those patients—and their families—living in rural communities or other underserved areas, it can be challenging to access many of the specialized services, including behavioral and speech therapists, that are necessary when […]

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Protecting Patient Data: Cybersecurity Pro Tips from HBR

You could be forgiven these days for thinking that there was a large-scale health care data breach every other day, with the degree to which they’ve dominated headlines. Indeed, a recent Accenture study found that 26 percent of Americans have had their data breached. And it’s only been a few weeks since the “WannaCry” ransomware […]

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Data Breaches Drive Patients Away: Study

These days, it might seem like every other headline is about a large-scale health care data breach. Indeed, a recent Accenture study found that 26 percent of Americans have had their data breached. And it’s only been a few weeks since the “WannaCry” ransomware attack caused chaos around the world, including for health care organizations. […]

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Positive Results from Medicaid Care Coordination Program

For any patient, the world of specialty care can be a challenging one to navigate. That can be particularly true for Medicaid patients in need of specialist care, given that they often face long waits for appointments, with a limited pool of providers willing to treat them. But one telehealth program has demonstrated tremendous success […]

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Texas Telehealth Bill Signed Into Law

With Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R-TX) signature on it over the weekend, Senate Bill 1107/House Bill 2697 officially became Texas law. And with that, Texas became the final of the 50 states to do away with the requirement that a doctor-patient relationship be established only in person. As MobiHealthNews, the Dallas Morning News, and others first […]

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What Do (And Do Not) Wearables Do Well?

Wearable health and fitness devices are all the rage these days, both inside and outside of the gym. 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. While some devices perform only a few […]

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