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Survey Says: Telehealth Education Not a Top Priority

It’s difficult to dispute the growth in telehealth usage in recent years, as providers and health care organizations in particular have sought to incorporate the technologies into their practice. But are health care organizations adequately prioritizing patient education about what telehealth actually entails, or what its benefits are? As mHealth Intelligence first reported, a new study from […]

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Telehealth Advocates Concerned About FCC Net Neutrality Plan

Chances are you’ve probably heard the term “net neutrality” used quite a bit recently, as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares for a crucial vote this month on whether to overturn a 2015 decision that officially classified the Internet as a public utility and forbade Internet service providers (ISPs) from censoring content. With polls showing […]

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While mHealth Usage is on the Rise, Health Literacy is Not

Pay a visit to the Apple or Google app store, and chances are, you’ll be overwhelmed by the number of health-related apps that are available for download, from those that allow provide infant care and health tips to new parents, to those that assist in managing diabetes, to those that help users track weight loss. […]

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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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Telehealth and Family Physicians: Insights From New Study

The looming shortage of primary care providers has long been a cause for concern in the health care industry. A 2016 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) study, for example, projected a shortage of as many as 94,700 physicians of all specialties by 2025—including as many as 35,600 primary care physicians. One way to alleviate […]

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Tapping into Successful Telehealth Models to Improve Utilization and ROI

On November 17, the Fall 2016 CTeL Executive Telehealth Summit will address a topic at the forefront of many minds: how to improve telehealth utilization and ROI. The promise of telehealth is determined by the utilization of services. Similarly, telehealth will continue to expand only if providers, health systems, insurers, and employers can find a […]

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Insurers Urge CBO to Consider Their Data in Telemedicine Evaluations

Eleven private insurers are urging the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to take the experience of commercial health insurers into account when evaluating the potential impact of telemedicine coverage on Medicare. As reported last week in Healthcare Informatics, representatives of some of the nation’s largest private insurers sent a public letter in October to CBO director […]

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More Employers Offer Telehealth Benefits, But Few Employees Use Them

Employers have embraced telehealth with gusto. Seventy percent of large employers now offer telehealth benefits, according to an annual survey conducted by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH). Next year, 90 percent will do so. Use of telehealth by employees has lagged though, as reported in a recent Chicago Tribune article.  The same NBGH […]

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