Telehealth Buzz

Alexa, Diabetes Coach? Amazon, Merck Challenge Developers

We’ve probably all seen the ads for Amazon’s Alexa device, or even tested it ourselves, so we know that the tool can be equal parts fun (playing music, telling jokes) and useful (making to-do lists, checking the weather). Now, thanks to a new Amazon-Merck challenge for app developers, Alexa could be playing a new role […]

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Texting With Patients? AMA Weighs In

Everyone, it seems, texts these days—in fact, 81 percent of Americans, according to a Pew Research Center study, do so on a regular basis. What’s more, people are doing more than just exchanging greetings via text, with many doing everything from sending and receiving money to refilling prescriptions through SMS. Given this nationwide fondness for […]

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Medicare is Holding Telehealth Back: New GAO Study

Study after study, it seems, has pointed to the cost savings and enhanced health outcomes that could result from the broader implementation of telehealth and remote monitoring. But according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, outdated Medicare reimbursement policies and other coverage limitations are standing in the way of wider utilization. As Health […]

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Telemedicine in the NICU? Mayo Clinic Sees Potential

For infants born prematurely or facing other serious health problems, access to timely, high-quality health care can mean the difference between life and death. And for those living in rural, undeserved communities, those health care services can be difficult to come by. But as new research—the first of its kind—from the Mayo Clinic shows, the […]

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One in Four Americans Have Had Health Data Breached

It’s probably common knowledge by now (at least among those who follow health IT and cybersecurity news) that the number of data breaches in recent years has increased significantly, making headlines and raising concerns. Now, an Accenture study has shed new light on the far-reaching impact breaches have had on individuals. As ID Experts first […]

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Rural America Leads in Telehealth Innovation

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, rural hospitals have been closing at a rate of approximately one per month, leaving patients adrift and having to seek care elsewhere. But as a new Politico article illustrates, […]

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Bipartisan Senate Bill Promotes Telehealth for Chronic Disease Patients

It’s been well documented that a small percentage of patients account for a disproportionate amount of the spending on health care in the United States. The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, for example, estimates that care for patients with chronic diseases like heart disease, COPD, and diabetes “accounts for approximately 75 percent of the […]

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Most Health Care Organizations Plan to Invest in Telehealth, mHealth

It’s no secret that patient demand for telehealth and mHealth services has grown in recent years, with some patients even factoring the provision of these services into their choice of health care providers. Health care organizations, it would seem, are taking note. As first reported by mHealth Intelligence, a new American Telemedicine Association (ATA) survey […]

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Is it Time for a HIPAA Replacement? AHIMA Asks the Experts

Since the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was signed into law in 1996, “HIPAA compliance,” “HIPAA violation,” and other such terms have become a familiar part of our national lexicon. And yet 20 years after its passage, HIPAA is not only often misunderstood, but also ever so slightly out of date—and potentially in […]

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Lieutenant Colonel James J. Jones to Keynote CTeL Summit

CTeL is excited to announce that Lieutenant Colonel James J. Jones, US Army, PhD, PA-C, will be giving the keynote address at the 2017 Executive Telehealth Spring Summit. Telehealth is a vital tool in protecting the Commander-in-Chief, and LTC Jones will discuss the unique aspects of deploying telemedicine in the White House, as well as in challenging […]

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