Telehealth Buzz

Rutgers Program to Use Telehealth to Improve Children’s Mental Health

Across the United States, per the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), more than one in five children aged 13 to 18—about 21 percent—struggle with mental health challenges, along with approximately 13 percent of children aged eight to 15. What’s more, the vast majority of these children do not receive treatment, including many in underserved […]

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VETS Act Passes the Senate

2018 is already off to a good start—at least on Capitol Hill—for telehealth advocates, with the passage of a key piece of legislation in the Senate. On Wednesday, January 3, lawmakers unanimously gave their approval to the bipartisan Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), the bill’s lead sponsor, announced in a […]

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FCC Seeks Comments on Rural Health Care Program Funding

For advocates of increased access to rural broadband coverage, 2018 is off to a promising start, with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officially seeking public comments on funding for the Rural Health Care Program. Following their December 14 vote to temporarily lift its annual cap, the agency is looking for public and industry feedback on […]

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Happy Holidays From the CTeL Team!

The CTeL team wishes you and your loved ones a happy, healthy, and relaxing holiday season. As we reflect on the past year, one thing is clear: It’s been a busy and eventful 2017 for the telehealth community. From the introduction (and in some cases, passage) of dozens of telehealth-related bills in Congress and in […]

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Cybersecurity Leadership is Limited at Many Health Care Orgs: Study

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, an Accenture study from earlier this year found that 26 percent of Americans have had their data breached. And in May, the “WannaCry” ransomware attack caused […]

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FCC Temporarily Lifts Cap on Rural Health Care Program

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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OCR Rolls Out New HIPAA Guidance Docs

Happy holidays from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)! As Politico first reported, just in time for Christmas and Hanukkah, the agency has rolled out a series of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidance documents and other tools for providers, with a particular focus […]

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Telehealth in 2018: What Can We Expect?

In many ways, 2017 has been a banner year for telehealth and mHealth, from the introduction (and in some cases, passage) of more than 200 bills in state legislatures, to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) proposed rule making it easier for the agency’s practitioners to treat patients across state lines, to continued investment in […]

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NewYork-Presbyterian, Walgreens Team Up on Telehealth Kiosks

What if, during your next visit to the drugstore, you could do more than just fill a prescription or pick up a carton of milk? More specifically, what if you could be connected to top physicians for high-quality telehealth visits right from the store? That’s the goal of a new partnership between Walgreens and NewYork-Presbyterian. […]

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Telehealth Advocates Concerned About FCC Net Neutrality Plan

Chances are you’ve probably heard the term “net neutrality” used quite a bit recently, as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares for a crucial vote this month on whether to overturn a 2015 decision that officially classified the Internet as a public utility and forbade Internet service providers (ISPs) from censoring content. With polls showing […]

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