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Is the DOD Underutilizing Telehealth?

Is the Department of Defense (DOD) fully utilizing telehealth? That’s the question at the heart of a new report to Congress from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which examines the department’s use of the technologies in FY 2016. The short answer? The DOD has a ways to go when it comes to expanding its use […]

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Despite Widespread Support, Some Oppose VA Telehealth Rule

Since the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued its proposed rule on telehealth, which would permit all VA physicians to treat patients via telehealth across state lines, regardless of where they’re licensed, the agency has received widespread praise—from provider groups to health IT advocates, among others. But the rule is not without its detractors. As Fierce […]

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House Overwhelmingly Passes VETS Act

It’s already been a banner year for telehealth on Capitol Hill, with more than two dozen (mostly bipartisan) pieces of legislation introduced. Now, telehealth advocates can point to another concrete legislative victory. As Stripes, mHealth Intelligence, and others first reported, on Tuesday, November 7, the House passed H.R. 2123, the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act, by […]

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FTC Voices Support for VA Telehealth Proposed Rule

Add one more voice to the chorus of those who approve of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) new proposed rule on telehealth. The staff of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently weighed in, submitting comments to the VA in support of the rule. “FTC staff believe that the proposed rule would likely increase access […]

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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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VA, White House Highlight Telehealth for Vets

The Veterans Administration (VA) has long been a leader in the use of telehealth 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. Now, that trend is continuing with the unveiling last Thursday of a new initiative designed to […]

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New Legislation Promotes Telehealth for Vets

Add one more bill to the list of telehealth-related legislation put forward in the 115th Congress since it convened in January. As Health Data Management first reported, a bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers recently announced the introduction of the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act. Introduced in the House by Rep. Julia […]

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Who Will Get the VA’s EHR Contract? Some Possibilities

As the Department of Veterans Affairs continues its efforts to modernize its health care infrastructure and better leverage new technologies, one key goal will be updating its electronic health records system. Now, as Politico first reported, companies are beginning to vie for what will likely be a contract in the billions. Among the likely contenders: […]

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Global Telehealth Market Estimated to Grow to $45.4 billion by 2021

An 815-page study published this month by independent research firm Winter Green, estimates the 2014 worldwide telemedicine, m-health, and tele-health markets at $1.5 billion, and predicts explosive growth to $45.4 billion within seven years. The study defines three separate market segments: Telemedicine  “… is the tracking and monitoring of chronic disease.  Vital signs and advice […]

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Increased Telehealth Use with New Veterans Secretary?

The Veterans Administration (VA) has long taken advantage of telehealth, and now, with new leadership in the wake of severe delays in patient care, the agency could likely turn to the technologies to alleviate some of the issues that have been plaguing it.   As Healthcare IT News suggested, the newly confirmed Secretary of Veterans Affairs, […]

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