Telemedicine News Brief

ATA Telemedicine News Brief
The following news items come from the most recent edition of the ATA Telemedicine News Brief, a weekly email digest of the most important news in telemedicine, telehealth, mHealth and remote medical technology. Gathered from leading press sources and industry journals, the News Brief is your one sources for all the top news of the week.

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Sep 10, 2014
ATA recently released two critical state policy reports which identify gaps in coverage and reimbursement, and in physician practice standards and licensure. These first-of-their-kind reports identify and compare state policies on a report card, assigning each state grades ranging from A-to-F based on telemedicine reimbursement and physician practice standards.
Sep 10, 2014
ATA 2015 is the world's largest meeting and trade show focused on the use of telecommunications in healthcare. The meeting will bring into focus hundreds of presentations about the rapidly evolving and fast growing areas of connected healthcare including telemedicine, telehealth, mobile health and remote health monitoring. This is your opportunity to share critical research findings, innovations, and best practices before thousands of leaders in healthcare, technology and public policy from around the world. The Call for Presentations is now open through Sept. 17.
Sep 10, 2014
Wondering if Congress is paying attention to the rapid rise of telehealth? A recent policy report indicates no less than 46 bills related to telehealth have been introduced by the current crop of legislators. And that doesn't include an ongoing series of roundtables and hearings designed to "reflect, harness and promote innovation in the healthcare space."
Sep 10, 2014
A pair of state policy reports on telemedicine, released this week by the American Telemedicine Association, show gaps in coverage, reimbursement, practice standards and licensure across the U.S. The reports identify and compare state policies on a report card, assigning grades A-F, according to an announcement.
Sep 10, 2014
According to the results of a survey published today by global analytics company Towers Watson, more U.S. companies plan to increase the use of telemedicine to lower healthcare spending costs in 2015. Telemedicine has the potential to deliver more than $6 billion in healthcare savings per year to U.S. companies, according to the report.
Sep 10, 2014
For many New Mexicans and others living in rural parts of the world, a visit to the doctor can be a daunting experience requiring expensive travel over vast distances. But advancements in technology could help change that, revolutionizing not only a routine doctor visit but the entire practice of medicine around the world.
Sep 10, 2014
Remote patient monitoring (RPM) is set for an incredible growth spurt as nearly 100 million wearable devices will ship over the next five years, a new research report from New York City-based ABI Research predicts. The report's authors say that the RPM market will be boosted by consumer tech giants Apple, Google, and Samsung offering products in the market. Also, they say that there is an opportunity for secure data collection data from a variety of vendor devices.
Sep 10, 2014
An increasing number of employers are looking to offer telemedicine—non-emergency health care treatment accessed from a remote location, such as the workplace, via electronic means—as an alternative to time-consuming employee doctor visits, according to new analysis from Towers Watson. The New York City-based consulting firm said in an Aug. 11 statement that telemedicine, also referred to as telehealth, could potentially deliver upwards of $6 billion per year in healthcare savings to U.S. companies.
Sep 10, 2014
Close to 100 million wearable remote patient monitoring (RPM) devices will ship over the next 5 years, boosted by growing interest and awareness about the benefits of supporting healthcare away from the hospital and into patients' homes—according to new findings from ABI Research.
Sep 10, 2014
Historically, healthcare has been adept at achieving highly focused and specialized solutions. However, some critics consider the segmented way that healthcare establishments have operated in the past far too solitary for today's wider and more inclusive care goals. Collaboration within the healthcare community used to be an often-discussed but seldom-practiced idea. Today, with a greater sense of solidarity within the healthcare industry, home care software companies and telehealth providers are some of the most sought-after collaborators being invited to the table.