Telemedicine And Rural Health

USDA Grant Adds 21 Rural Clinics to Telehealth Network

January 5, 2015 - $213,564 grant awarded to expand telemedicine services. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Services Distance Learning and Telemedicine program is contributing to the expansion of telemedicine services by awarding a $213,564 grant to Essentia Health, an integrated health system serving patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Idaho. The telehealth award...


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Telehealth in Mississippi Targets Remote Care for Diabetes

A telehealth pilot that puts tablets into the hands of diabetic patients is seeing immediate success in Mississippi. Telehealth is helping providers to tackle diabetes in the state of Mississippi, bringing connected care to patients in a predominantly...

How might telemedicine combat a shortage of US physicians?

The high demand for hospitalists and increase shortage of available physicians in inpatient settings could open the door for telemedicine to improve the cost and quality of care for nightmare services, claim the authors of a recent study. “For...

Mercy breaks ground on first dedicated telehealth center

The Sisters of Mercy Health System in Chesterfield, Missouri has officially broken ground on the nation’s first dedicated virtual care center.  The four-story building will house nearly 300 clinicians, researchers and support staff whose entire...

Telehealth for chronic disease patients improves satisfaction

Patients suffering from common chronic conditions such as hypertension, depression and anxiety, or obesity, found high satisfaction and clinical value in scheduled telehealth consults with their physicians, according to a Massachusetts General...

Alaska legislature passes telemedicine bill to expand coverage

The Alaska state legislature has passed House Bill 281, an initiative intended to expand access to telemedicine for patients in both rural and urban areas of the state.  The bill allows licensed primary care physicians residing within Alaska...

How Population Health, Payment Reforms Impact Telemedicine

Whether the payment model is based on fee-for-service or value-based care, telemedicine providers continue to face challenges in ensuring that their services are reimbursed appropriately. In many ways, the evolving landscape of healthcare reform...

State medical boards adopt updated telemedicine guidelines

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has agreed to adopt updated guidelines on the practice and use of telemedicine, a significant step forward towards expanding the reach and legitimacy of remote care.  The document providers a roadmap...

Telemedicine will be the norm as care shifts towards patients

After nearly half a century advocating for the adoption of remote care, Dr. Jay Sanders, often dubbed the “Father of Telemedicine,” knows a thing or two about using technology to enhance the doctor-patient relationship.  As founder and former...

Telehealth roundup: mHealth “tsunami” promotes remote care

Telemedicine is taking the healthcare industry by storm as an increasing number of providers and patients start to recognize the potential in the smartphones, tablets, and computers that form such an integral part of modern life.  From selfies...

VA gets $567 million for telehealth services in 2015 budget

Already deeply involved in bringing remote mental and physical healthcare to veterans across the country, the Department of Veterans Affairs received a $23 million boost for its telehealth programs in the FY 2015 federal budget, bringing the...

ATA to HHS: Reduce telemedicine restrictions for Medicare

Unnecessary regulations are restricting the expansion of telemedicine to Medicare patients who could greatly benefit from remote healthcare, said the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) in a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius this...

Senators form alliance to promote expansion of telehealth

Three former Senators are leading the fight to expand the use and reimbursement of telehealth in the United States through the newly formed Alliance for Connected Care.  Former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Trent Lott, along with former...

Younger, healthier patients most likely to use telehealth

Younger, more affluent patients without strong primary care affiliations are among the most likely to turn to telehealth for help with acute problems according to a new RAND Corporation study published in Health Affairs this week.  Patients...

CMS project aims at improving rural access to critical care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the creation of the Frontier Community Health Integration Project, aimed at improving healthcare in the most sparsely populated rural areas in the US. The project is a collaboration...

Mississippi telehealth pilot to tackle diabetes with tablets

Patients in Mississippi will get a little extra help managing their diabetes through the Diabetes Telehealth Network, which will launch this spring.  With the second-highest rate of diabetes in the country, some Mississippi patients in underserved...

ATA seeks comment on telehealth standards guidelines

Efforts to expand and standardize the practice of telehealth are coming thick and fast from all sides in 2014, ranging from new parity laws to increase insurance coverage to federal efforts to codify the definition and implementation of remote...

Telehealth law to create federal definition, provide guidance

The Telehealth Modernization Act of 2013, introduced by the House Energy and Commerce Committee in late December, hopes to address one of the glaring problems of remote monitoring and remote consulting technology: a patchwork of state and local...

UVA using telehealth to speed stroke care before hospital

The University of Virginia and several local communities are trying to help stroke patients receive immediate care even before the ambulance gets to the emergency room.  Using a mobile telemedicine kit called iTREAT, first responders in rural...

Study: Telemedicine slashes ED errors for rural kids

Pediatric patients visiting rural emergency departments (EDs) saw fewer medication errors caused by physicians when their doctors used internet consults to get help, says a new study in the most recent issue of Pediatrics as reported by Medscape. ...

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