Telemedicine in the News

The following news items come from ATA Telemedicine News Brief. Every week, ATA Telemedicine News Brief provides essential industry news, breaking policy updates and best practices curated from more than 12,000 news sources to telemedicine professionals and healthcare institutions worldwide.

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Dec 17, 2015
March 5: The pressures to reduce healthcare costs and improve access have never been greater. Everything from the Affordable Care Act to the "Silver Tsunami" of aging baby boomers requires a transformation of the healthcare delivery system. While telemedicine and other virtual forms of medical care are quickly being recognized as powerful solutions to these challenges, barriers to more widespread adoption remain. One of these is the long and complex process of obtaining licensure for physicians in the various states where patients are located.
Dec 17, 2015
From July 16: The latest telehealth report — one of many in a recent string — suggests the market is finally maturing. "Telehealth Index: 2015 Physician Survey" found strong support exists for video-based telemedicine, more so than for telephone or email communications. The report comes at a time when telehealth providers are making a strong push to qualify the video-based doctor's visit as comparable to a trip to the doctor's office, clinic or emergency room.
Dec 17, 2015
From Aug. 13: There has been a lot of positive press lately about remote patient monitoring, but many wonder what the news really means for patients. Yes, telehealth can improve efficiencies, reduce rehospitalizations and save money for the healthcare system, but is it actually helping patients? The short answer is yes — especially for chronic disease patients who require monitoring, consultation and education on a regular basis.
Dec 17, 2015
From Sept. 24: HIMSS Analytics recently published a new report, "Essentials Brief: Telemedicine Study" — a survey of health IT executives that finds an increase in the adoption of telemedicine solutions and services, from 54.5 percent in 2014 to 57.7 percent in 2015. Small, but sizable. One challenge identified through the research is defining telemedicine, which was recognized by survey respondents to include a wide variety of solutions.
Dec 17, 2015
From Jan. 22: I love the new year. I'm always impressed by its power to somehow force us to look back on what we've accomplished, where we've failed and what lessons we've learned along the way. More importantly, I love how it grants us the opportunity to look forward. As my team has strategized for the future, I wanted to share some of our predictions for where the telepsychiatry industry is going in 2015 and beyond. So though I’m a psychiatrist, and not a psychic, I'll pretend and prognosticate a bit.
Dec 17, 2015
From Sept. 17: Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. About 26.6 million adults have been diagnosed with heart disease, which kills more than 600,000 people each year. A whopping 12.4 million people make heart disease-related visits to their physicians every year. The issue of heart disease is certainly not isolated to the U.S. Around the world, 17.3 million people die from cardiovascular disease every year. To combat this problem, health officials in Europe are hoping to use technology.
Dec 17, 2015
From Nov. 12: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a leading cause of death in the world, representing an important public health challenge that is both preventable and treatable. Many people suffer from this disease for years and die prematurely from the disease itself or its complications. Now, a new digital health application for reporting symptoms of COPD can facilitate early detection and treatment of COPD exacerbation symptoms.
Dec 17, 2015
From Jan. 15: In today's healthcare environment, care providers are looking for new ways to meet the needs of patients, while also reducing overall care costs. Hence, the development of Triple Aim. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement developed the Triple Aim as an approach for the healthcare system to use new innovations to improve three things: the patient care experience, the health of all populations and the per capita cost of healthcare. Telehealth is a critical tool in helping providers hit the mark on Triple Aim for a variety of reasons.
Dec 17, 2015
From Oct. 29: In the fee-for-service era, healthcare providers focused on those who were present in the clinic. However, the question today becomes "Who hasn't been seen in the clinic?" In the age of payments being tied to outcomes and the management of populations with chronic conditions, providers are turning their attention to those with increased risk of poor outcomes and/or readmissions. Often, the solution to these problems is telehealth.
Dec 17, 2015
From Sept. 10: CVS Health recently announced that it will work with three "leading" telehealth companies to expand patients' access to doctors, who will be able to provide consultations remotely via the Internet or on the phone. As part of the deal, the three companies — American Well, Teladoc and Doctor On Demand — will soon begin receiving customers from CVS pharmacies in six states, and they will refer their own customers to 150 CVS walk-in clinics.