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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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Microsoft Urges $10 Billion Broadband Investment

By now, it’s a well-established fact that access to high-quality telehealth care is nearly 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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Bipartisan RURAL Act Would Support Telehealth in Underserved Areas

In an already-busy Congress for telehealth-related legislation, two senators have added yet another bill to the steadily growing list. As mHealth Intelligence first reported, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), both longtime advocates for telehealth (and co-authors of the CONNECT for Health Act, also introduced this session), recently introduced the Reaching Underserved […]

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Trumpcare and Telemedicine: Possible Cuts Raise Concerns

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. Yet despite their popularity among the communities they serve, school-based telemedicine programs could be one of the many potential casualties of […]

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Telehealth for Headache Patients? New Study Shows Potential

It would probably be difficult to find a person who hadn’t, at one point in his or her life, suffered from headaches. Per World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, about 50 percent of adults worldwide currently have a headache disorder, with as many as four percent of people experiencing a headache 15 or more days each […]

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Report: The “Double Burden” of Chronic Conditions, Poor Broadband Access

A recently released study from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is shedding new light on health care disparities in the United States—specifically, between patients residing in rural and urban counties when it comes to the prevalence of chronic disease. As Health Data Management and others first reported, the report, Mapping Broadband Health in America, from […]

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Telehealth for Autism Treatment? Missouri Program Sees Successes

Approximately one in 45 children in the United States, according to the most recent available data, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. For those patients—and their families—living in rural communities or other underserved areas, it can be challenging to access many of the specialized services, including behavioral and speech therapists, that are necessary when […]

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Health IT, Telehealth Would See Cuts in Suggested Trump Budget

Just as he did earlier this year with his spending proposal for the remainder of FY 2017, President Donald Trump has made waves on and off the Hill with the release of his FY 2018 budget blueprint. With its suggested broad cuts to health care and social welfare programs, including Medicaid, the document, dubbed “A […]

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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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