Telehealth Buzz

New ONC Head is a Hit with Health IT Insiders

In another piece of potentially good news for those with a vested interest in telehealth and health IT, President Donald Trump has selected a well-regarded industry veteran to helm the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). Though the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has yet to officially comment on the […]

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Which Hospitals Run the Highest Risk of Data Breaches?

With seemingly countless large-scale data breaches making headlines in recent years, it might seem like no health care institution is safe from hackers on the hunt for patient information. But some hospitals are at a higher risk than others to be the targets of breaches. As Fierce Healthcare first reported, a new study from researchers […]

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Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Expand Telehealth Reimbursement

These days, it may not appear that the two parties in Congress can agree on much. But telehealth has long been an area that has seen strong bipartisan support, and the recent introduction of a new bill aimed at expanded use of telehealth technologies shows that that bipartisan spirit appears to still be alive. As […]

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Can Apps Help Prevent Diabetes?

It’s hard to overestimate the burden that diabetes puts on the American health care system. According to the most recent available data from the American Diabetes Association, annual spending on patients with the disease (and its numerous co-morbid conditions) reaches approximately $245 billion, including a staggering $176 billion in medical costs. Further, it’s been estimated […]

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Telehealth in the ER?

At first glance, it seems like the hectic, fast-paced emergency room environment, with so many patients demanding immediate attention, might be a less-than-ideal fit for the use of telehealth. But as the Wall Street Journal‘s Sumathi Reddy highlights in a recent column, some busy hospitals are putting the technologies to the test in an effort […]

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Big Savings from Rural Telemedicine, Per New Study

When asked to envision who might benefit most from telemedicine, the average person might point to a rural patient in need of specialty health care–someone who, without the aid of new technologies, would have to spend hours (and hard-earned money) traveling to visit a specialist in a large, urban hospital. As first reported by Fierce […]

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New FCC Chair: A Potential Telehealth Champion?

For telemedicine advocates still concerned about their fate under the Trump Administration (and the ACA “repeal and replace”), one new appointee might serve to allay some concerns. New Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, during a visit to the Cleveland Clinic, spoke of telemedicine’s potential to expand access to quality care, particularly in underserved […]

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Telemedicine in “Complex Cases”: A Good Fit

A new piece from Modern Healthcare aptly illustrates what many advocates have known for a long time: Even in the most complicated medical situations, quality telemedicine can provide patients with the expert, lifesaving health care that they need. Highlighting the case of Ron Cobbley, a rural Utah man found to have been suffering from a […]

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“Repeal and Replace” Finally Heads to the House Floor

Whether you call it “Ryancare,” call it “Trumpcare,” or simply call it by its official legislative title (the American Health Care Act), one thing is all but certain: The legislation designed to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is finally headed to the floor of the House this week (likely on […]

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CTeL Conference: “Network Like a Rock Star” with Jaymin Patel

Networking to achieve organizational goals is a valuable strategic talent, and one that can be learned and used in virtually all professional interactions. This is information you will receive at the CTeL Executive Telehealth Spring Summit 2017. Goal-centric networking – with those outside the health care silo – is a skill set that the telehealth […]

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