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Alleviating the Opioid Epidemic in Rural Areas: The Role of Telemedicine

More than 33,000 people died of opioid overdoses (either prescription drugs or heroin) in 2015, according to the most recent available Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. What’s more, each day approximately 91 Americans die of opioid overdoses—many of them in rural communities, where patients seeking treatment for addiction often face significant geographic […]

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The Push for Rural Broadband Coverage Continues

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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EHRs and Rural Hospitals: Simpler is Better

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, 26 states have seen the closure of at least one rural hospital; put differently, the facilities have been closing at a rate of approximately one per month, leaving patients […]

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HIMSS Shares “Wish List” With Congress

It’s been a busy year for telehealth and health IT on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle introducing more than two dozen pieces of telehealth-related legislation, and one telehealth-friendly bill (the CHRONIC Care Act) even passing the Senate. But the 115th Congress isn’t over yet, and advocates want to keep the […]

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In New York State, Children Will Have Greater Access to Telehealth

For some students, school is more than just a place to learn—it’s a place to receive essential health care. Indeed, for numerous students and their families in rural and underserved communities, the more than 2,000 school-based health centers in the United States, many of which use telemedicine to care for patients, provide a lifeline. Now, […]

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Senate Broadband Caucus Highlights Telehealth in Expo

You could be forgiven for thinking that Democrats and Republicans in the current Congress simply can’t agree on anything—especially when it comes to health care. But throughout the current legislative session, telehealth has stood out as one of those rare areas of bipartisan agreement, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle introducing more than […]

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Rural Hospitals Struggle With EHRs, Meaningful Use

Since the passage of the HITECH Act in 2009, meaningful use has helped encourage numerous health care organizations to integrate electronic health records (EHRs) into their practices. At the same time, it’s caused headaches among providers and hospitals who have found the timeline for adoption to be too rapid, or who lack the resources to […]

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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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Telehealth in Rural America: House Subcommittee Hears Testimony

For many of the more than 60 million people living in rural communities throughout the United States, telehealth serves as a literal lifeline, connecting patients with health care services when the number of physicians is limited and hospitals continue to close at staggeringly high rates. Last week, as Health Data Management first reported, the House […]

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FAST Act Gets House Committee Hearing

Another piece of telehealth-related legislation appears to be one step closer to passage. Six months into a Congress that’s already been a busy one for telehealth bills, mHealth Intelligence reports that H.R. 1148, the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act, was set to be considered in the House Energy & Commerce Committee on July […]

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