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Telehealth for Post-Transplant Patients?

For patients who have recently undergone organ transplants, recovery can be a delicate, painstaking process—and regularly taking anti-rejection drugs is critical to it. How can health care providers most effectively ensure that patients are taking these life-or-death medications as directed? As Fierce Healthcare first reported, two pharmacists based at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital have successfully integrated telehealth into their […]

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Broadband and Health Outcomes: AMIA, Others Weigh In

To state the (very) obvious: Access to high-quality telehealth care is nearly impossible without access to high-quality broadband Internet. While progress has been made when it comes to the expansion of U.S. broadband infrastructure, studies have shown that more than 30 million Americans still lack access to high-speed broadband Internet, including as many as 39 […]

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House Members Debut Telehealth Caucus

In the midst of a particularly busy year on the Hill for telehealth-related legislation, and as lawmakers continue to grapple with potential, controversial changes to the Affordable Care Act, a bipartisan group of House Members has reaffirmed its commitment to advancing telehealth. As Medscape first reported, longtime telehealth advocates Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Rep. Gregg […]

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New Apps Monitor Falls in Seniors

For elderly patients, falls are equal parts common, dangerous, and costly. Indeed, per the National Council on Aging (NCOA), they “are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries” among Americans 65 and older. They impact about a quarter of seniors each year, and accounted for about $34 billion in health care costs in 2013, […]

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Newly Introduced HEART Act Focuses on Rural Telehealth

And the list of telehealth-related legislation introduced in the 115th Congress continues, yet again, to grow. As first reported by Healthcare Informatics and others, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) recently introduced the Helping Expand Access to Rural Telehealth (HEART) Act, which focuses on eliminating barriers to the use of telehealth in rural communities, including for cardiac […]

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CONNECT for Health Act Reintroduced

Add one more bill to the steadily growing list of telehealth-related legislation that’s been introduced since the 115th Congress convened in January. As Healthcare Informatics and others first reported, a bipartisan group of senators has reintroduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act, which is aimed at improving […]

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Potential, and Barriers, with mHealth for Chronic Disease Patients

Numerous studies have shown the potential that mHealth and remote monitoring have for the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases, which account for approximately 75 percent of all health care spending each year, and impact 45 percent of all adults in the United States (many of whom have more than one chronic condition). But despite […]

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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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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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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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