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Vermont Health Information Exchange Adds Telehealth Component

March 3, 2017 - An agreement between the Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE) and two healthcare organizations that provide telehealth services in the state now give providers connected to the statewide network access to telemonitoring data. In a recent announcement, the operators of VHIE — Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL) —that Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice...


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Value of Health IT Objectives to Taking on Accountable Care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

For healthcare organizations to assume the risk associated with value-based care, they require not only health IT tools to remain connected with patients but also ways of quantifying this new kind of interaction — that is, health IT objectives...

Groups Urge Congress to Cover Telemedicine under Medicare

by Jennifer Bresnick

The calls for increased coverage of telehealth services under Medicare and Medicaid are growing ever louder, including a new letter from a number of key advocacy groups urging Congress to take immediate action to improve the reimbursement of...

AACE Takes Diabetic Remote Monitoring Support to Congress

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A group of chronic disease specialists is taking steps toward improving diabetes care with a concerted push to reduce current barriers in the way of remote monitoring and patient-generated data. Following the recent Consensus Conference on Glucose...

California eases telehealth consent rules to expand access

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients in California will find it easier to access telehealth services thanks to a bill signed this week by California Governor Jerry Brown (D) that streamlines the consent process.  AB 809, backed by Assemblyman Dan Logue (R-Marysville),...

Telemedicine holds promise for chronic disease management

by Jennifer Bresnick

With approximately 75% of healthcare spending focused on chronic diseases and an aging population ensuring that the spending isn’t likely to decrease any time soon, healthcare providers and policy makers have been anxiously searching for ways...

ATA issues telehealth licensing, reimbursement report cards

by Jennifer Bresnick

The majority of states have a little brushing up to do on their telemedicine reimbursement and licensure policies, according to a pair of state-by-state report cards issued by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA).  While 23 states and...

68% of patients would be interested in telehealth consults

by Jennifer Bresnick

More than two-thirds of patients would be willing to give a telehealth conference a try, according to a new study in Telemedicine and E-Health, although a number of patients who tried conducting a physician visit through videoconferencing were...

FSMB announces finalized telehealth licensure model compact

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has finalized its model guidelines for telehealth licensure in an effort to reduce some of the most intractable legal barriers preventing physicians from engaging in telemedicine and remote care with...

Updated GA telemedicine guidelines require in-person visit

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Georgia Composite Medical Board has approved updated telemedicine guidelines that include a controversial provision: in many cases, a physician will be required to conduct a face-to-face examination with a patient before being allowed to...

Transatlantic ultrasound marks new territory for telehealth

by Jennifer Bresnick

Hold onto your hats, sci-fi fans: the robot doctor will see you now.  Using a standard internet connection and a personal computer while stationed in Germany, Dr. Partho Sengupta of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has proven the...

North America may see 75 million telehealth visits in 2014

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients and providers in North America may conduct up to 75 million telehealth visits in 2014, a Deloitte report predicts, representing an increase of 400% over 2012 levels.  With 100 million electronic visits (eVisits) taking place worldwide...

Telemedicine, mHealth could save employers $6 billion a year

by Jennifer Bresnick

The widespread adoption of telemedicine and mHealth could save up to $6 billion per year for US employers, says a new report by Towers Watson, if all patients routinely engaged in remote consults for appropriate medical problems instead of visiting...

Can EHRs and telemedicine integrate for better patient care?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Cerner and Siemens aren’t the only EHR vendors making headlines in this week’s news.  Cloud-based EHR provider Practice Fusion has also generated waves with its acquisition of telemedicine platform Ringadoc, which the company...

Verizon offers telehealth consults with smartphones, tablets

by Jennifer Bresnick

Verizon has entered the telehealth game with its new Virtual Visits platform, the connectivity provider has announced, allowing patients to connect with providers through their mobile devices to address non-urgent conditions such as a cold or...

Telemedicine provides accurate vision screenings for premies

by Jennifer Bresnick

Premature infants at risk of serious vision complications can benefit from telemedicine screenings, says a new study published in JAMA Ophthalmology this week.  Image consultants at a remote location achieved 90% accuracy in identifying infants...

VA reduces admissions by 35% due to telemedicine services

by Jennifer Bresnick

The VA might be struggling to find its way out of very hot water when it comes to its scheduling services, but there’s more to the healthcare system than the mushrooming scandal.  The VA has long been a leader in the telemedicine arena, and...

Telemedicine case study: Remote monitoring in the ICU at Mercy

by Jennifer Bresnick

While telemedicine is still a developing field, remote care is taking center stage at the Sisters of Mercy Health System, based in Missouri.  The sixth-largest Catholic health system in the country has devoted significant time and resources...

AMA adopts new telemedicine reimbursement policy

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Medical Association (AMA) has adopted a new set of telemedicine standards and safeguards intended to ensure appropriate reimbursement, codify standards of care, and improve access to remote medical care for patients who may benefit...

Mercy breaks ground on first dedicated telehealth center

by Jennifer Bresnick

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...

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