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Do Virtual Visits Save Money? New RAND Study Casts Some Doubt

Is direct-to-consumer telehealth helping expand access to health care—and, is it helping to lower health care costs overall? Answering these questions was part of the focus of a new two-year RAND study of a group of California patients, published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs. The verdict? While the visits themselves were less […]

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Arkansas Telemedicine Proposal a ‘Good Compromise’

Arkansas’ medical board recently approved proposals to allow doctors and patients to use a telemedicine platform. The Arkansas State Medical Board signed off on amendments to Act 887 of 2015. This amendment allows clinicians to establish “a proper physician/patient relationship (via) real-time audio and visual telemedicine technology” as long as the platform “provides information at […]

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Telemedicine Applied too Broadly, Time Needed to Identify Ideal Applications

Extending typical physician office visits by utilizing similar technologies we use to communicate on a day-to-day basis is one way for providers to venture into a new tech-centered healthcare environment. Patients are viewing telemedicine as a simple extension of the brick and mortar care model made famous by companies like Minute Clinic, which offers convenient […]

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Connected: Telepharmacy Unites the Team

Telehealth and telepharmacy originated in rural areas where local, community pharmacies are miles apart. Patients in areas without local communities or clinics are able to receive prescriptions verified by pharmacists through the use of telemedicine technology. Telehealth delivers healthcare services and information via a variety of telecommunication technologies. Telepharmacy, according to the National Association of […]

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1 in 3 Antibiotics Prescribed in U.S. Are Unnecessary

According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Preparedness (CDC) and the Pew Charitable Trust, nearly a third of antibiotics prescribed in doctors’ offices, emergency rooms, and hospital-based clinics in the United States are unnecessary. The CDC study found that approximately 47 million unnecessary prescriptions are provided to patients every year […]

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WebMD Wants To Be Your Health Consultant Too

After years of being a pioneer in helping patients diagnose non-life threatening illnesses, WebMD is interested in plunging into the field of telehealth. “Getting into telehealth adds a second leg to the growth story, which is attractive to Wall Street,” said Steven Wardell of Leerink Partners, a healthcare-focused investment bank. He added that could expand […]

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BILL TO ALLOW AUDIO-ONLY TELEMEDICINE BAD FOR MISSISSIPPI

The Mississippi State Medical Association, headed by Dr. Dan Edney of Vicksburg, along with a number of state physicians and students, recently warned the public and state senators about a bill recently passed in the House. This bill has potential dangers for the future of telemedicine. “Bad telemedicine is like your physician wearing a blindfold,” […]

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Direct to Consumer Telemedicine Providers Beware

“We don’t have any authority over the company or health system providing direct to consumer (DTC)  telemedicine.  Only the physician.  We have to wait for a complaint.” When asked about enforcement of medical practice laws, this is the nearly unanimous response from state medical boards. This response came to the forefront when CTeL reviewed a […]

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Telemedicine Faces Scrutiny by State Regulatory Boards and FTC

As result of a February 2015 ruling by the US Supreme Court, state legislators, governors, and attorneys general continue to evaluate the structure and composition of their regulatory boards’ membership in order to fully comply with federal antitrust law. In the case, North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the […]

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Leaders in DTC Telehealth Care Share Their Insights

Hear from the direct to consumer (DTC) telehealth companies making headlines nationwide at the November CTeL Executive Telehealth Fall Summit. Leading DTC companies will share the data they are using to fuel their growth and expansion.  What research and technologies are guiding their strategic decisions? Since 2006, Robert Bernstein, MD, Vice President of Clinical Affairs […]

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