Telehealth Buzz

Telehealth for Post-Transplant Patients?

For patients who have recently undergone organ transplants, recovery can be a delicate, painstaking process—and regularly taking anti-rejection drugs is critical to it. How can health care providers most effectively ensure that patients are taking these life-or-death medications as directed? As Fierce Healthcare first reported, two pharmacists based at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital have successfully integrated telehealth into their […]

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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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House Members Debut Telehealth Caucus

In the midst of a particularly busy year on the Hill for telehealth-related legislation, and as lawmakers continue to grapple with potential, controversial changes to the Affordable Care Act, a bipartisan group of House Members has reaffirmed its commitment to advancing telehealth. As Medscape first reported, longtime telehealth advocates Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Rep. Gregg […]

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New Apps Monitor Falls in Seniors

For elderly patients, falls are equal parts common, dangerous, and costly. Indeed, per the National Council on Aging (NCOA), they “are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries” among Americans 65 and older. They impact about a quarter of seniors each year, and accounted for about $34 billion in health care costs in 2013, […]

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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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Can mHealth Help with Medication Adherence?

For health care providers, getting some patients to adhere to their medication schedules can be a bit of a headache. And this lack of adherence is a costly problem: it is the cause of 10 percent of all hospital admissions and approximately 125,000 patient deaths annually, and the reason behind as many as $289 billion […]

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How to Improve EHRs: Physicians Offer Input

For many health care providers these days, electronic health records (EHRs) are both an essential part of their modern medical practices and (when not implemented well) a source of endless frustration. Indeed, a recent American Medical Association (AMA) study found that “physicians spend nearly half their office day entering data into EHRs,” along with other […]

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CHRONIC Care Act Gets Hearing, Markup

The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act seems to have gotten one step closer to passage in the Senate. As first reported by Health Data Management, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on the bipartisan legislation this week; the legislation then passed the committee unanimously on Thursday. During […]

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Telemedicine in the PICU? Parents, Providers Give it High Marks

A stay in the hospital can be an intimidating and lonely experience for a patient of any age. For a child in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), it can be even more challenging, particularly at times when his or her parent can’t physically be there. To that end, as MedPage Today first reported, researchers […]

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Quicker ER Discharges Thanks to Smartphones?

Most people who visit the emergency room likely don’t do so expecting the process to be a quick one. Beyond waiting to be seen and treated, there’s usually a wait for test results, which are typically the determining factor in whether a patient is admitted to the hospital or discharged. But, as Fierce Healthcare first […]

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