Telehealth Buzz

University of Mississippi Medical Center, HRSA Announce Partnership

Exciting news for patients and providers in the Magnolia State: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has officially designated the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) as a federal Telehealth Center of Excellence. “The UMMC Center for Telehealth is already a recognized national model for telehealth expansion,” said Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in a […]

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Mobile Smoking Cessation Tool Earns FDA Approval

It seems like mobile apps these days have the power to help us do virtually anything, from hailing a ride to applying for a job to managing our health. Indeed, recent studies have showcased apps’ potential when it comes to health care, including for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. And now, the Food […]

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SEARCH Highlights New Telehealth Research

In many ways, 2017 has been a banner year for telehealth, with more than two dozen telehealth-friendly bills introduced in Congress, numerous states enacting legislation of their own, and continued investment in the industry. At the same time, there’s also been continued momentum on the research side. Last week, representatives from academic institutions, leading research […]

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Seema Verma in Line to be Next HHS Secretary?

Following last week’s resignation of Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) amid concerns about his use of private aircraft at taxpayer expense (and continuing health care drama on Capitol Hill), the first question that likely came to mind for most health care types was this one: Who will replace Price at […]

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In New York State, Children Will Have Greater Access to Telehealth

For some students, school is more than just a place to learn—it’s a place to receive essential health care. Indeed, for numerous students and their families in rural and underserved communities, the more than 2,000 school-based health centers in the United States, many of which use telemedicine to care for patients, provide a lifeline. Now, […]

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New VA Proposed Rule Would Increase Telehealth Access

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has long been a leader in the use of telehealth and remote monitoring to treat its patients. Indeed, in 2015, the agency’s providers completed more than 2.1 million telehealth visits, 45 percent of which were with rural patients. And in August, the agency announced its telehealth-focused “Anywhere to Anywhere […]

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Using Telemedicine to Combat the Opioid Crisis

It’s difficult to find a part of the United States that hasn’t been touched by the opioid addiction epidemic. 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 […]

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CHRONIC Care Act Passes the Senate

Telehealth advocates can point to their first (partial) legislative victory with the Senate passage of the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act. As mHealth Intelligence, MobiHealthNews, and others first reported, the bipartisan bill unanimously passed the upper chamber earlier this week. “The CHRONIC Care Act is a culmination of a bipartisan, committee-wide effort, which […]

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Senate Broadband Caucus Highlights Telehealth in Expo

You could be forgiven for thinking that Democrats and Republicans in the current Congress simply can’t agree on anything—especially when it comes to health care. But throughout the current legislative session, telehealth has stood out as one of those rare areas of bipartisan agreement, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle introducing more than […]

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Can We Fully Prepare For Cyberattacks?

These days, it might seem like every other headline is about a large-scale health care data breach or ransomware attack. Indeed, an Accenture study from earlier this year found that 26 percent of Americans have had their data breached. And this May, the “WannaCry” ransomware attack caused chaos around the world, including for health care […]

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